Student Awards

NAPEG Student Awards

There are cash prizes of $1000 for the best technical oral and poster presentations. The conference organizers thank the NAPEG Education Foundation for sponsoring these awards.

2023 Poster Winner: Wanda Czebreszuk from the University of Alberta, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Edmonton, Alberta, for their presentation, “Rapid sphalerite deposition prompted by sour gas at Pine Point, Northwest Territories, Canada.”

2023 Oral Presentation Winner: Bianca Lulianella Philips from the University of British Columbia, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Vancouver, British Columbia, for their presentation, “Soil microbial community fingerprinting: increasing exploration success in covered terrains.”

Finnigan Award for Northern Research

2023 Winner: Michaël Thibault from the Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Quebec City, Quebec, for research titled, "The Potential for Deep Borehole Heat Exchangers (DBHE) and the significant positive impacts on northern communities as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

Presented by the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (NAPEG). The Finnigan Award for Northern Research is inspired by Dr. Craig Finnigan.

Dr. Craig Finnigan was a Professional Geoscientist who spent the majority of his short career working across the Canadian north for industry, government, and academia. Craig passed away in 2014 at the age of 45, however his passion for geoscientific field work and exploration has left an imprint on those who worked with him over the years. He was recognized in 2014 with the prestigious Huestis Award (AMEBC) for his role in the discovery of the Coffee gold deposits in the Yukon. Craig was an adamant supporter of students and education. As an Adjunct Professor at Western University, he co-supervised a number of graduate student theses, including studies on the Coffee gold deposits in Yukon and uranium mineralization at the Lac Cinquante uranium deposit in Nunavut. To honour Craig’s memory, a student focused scholarship that encourages presentation at northern conferences has been established.

NAPEG encourages the achievement of excellence in the engineering and geosciences professions through the promotion of advanced studies and research programs. By providing financial assistance to researchers working in the northern territories the Association seeks to encourage young geoscientists to communicate effectively to their peers and the public, an important skill in the development of a professional practitioner.

To be eligible, the applicant must be enrolled in a Canadian university and registered in a Geology or Earth Sciences program that includes a thesis with a subject relevant to the territory in which the results would be presented. The applicant must also have submitted an abstract (or similar document) for a talk or poster presentation at the conference indicated on their application form. The applicant must attend this conference and give the presentation in order to receive scholarship funding.


Please visit NAPEG to apply for the Finnigan Award.