Three Waterloo students awarded national geophysical scholarships

Friday, November 25, 2016

The Canadian Exploration Geophysical Society (KEGS) awarded Earth and Environmental Sciences students Elisa Dong, Maxime Salman and Norman Shieh KEGS Foundation scholarships for their interest and scholarship in geophysics and geophysical exploration.

Max Salman receiving his award from Vince Gerrie.Max Salman (pictured above, right) is a Master’s student with Professor Tony Endres. His focus is on gamma ray spectrometry and its application in agriculture for use in precision farming, especially by use of unmanned aerial vehicles. He is president of the newly re-established University of Waterloo Geophysical Society. As a commercially licensed airplane pilot and airborne geophysical operator, Max has had the opportunity to travel to remote places in the world, using various technologies to collect and process a variety of geophysical data. He wishes to continue his career in airborne geophysics with the knowledge acquired during his Masters education.

Norman Shieh receiving his KEGS scholarship from Vince Gerrie (left).Norman Shieh (pictured left) is an Earth and Environmental Sciences Geophysics undergraduate student in his 3B term. Norman hopes to combine his passions for aviation and Earth science by learning various remote sensing techniques, especially those concerning the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones.

Elisa Dong is a 3rd year undergraduate student in Earth and Environmental Sciences – Geophysics specialization. Elisa’s wants to analyze historical data to create models for natural disaster response and mitigation.  She was unable to attend today’s ceremony and will receive her award at the annual KEGS Christmas party next month in Toronto.

The scholarships were presented by this year’s KEGS Special Lecturer, Vince Gerrie, President of DGI Geoscience in Toronto and alumnus of the University of Waterloo.

“These individuals represent the high quality of the students in the Geophysics program at the University of Waterloo,” says Tony Endres, Earth and Environmental Science Geophysics professor and advisor of the students receiving the KEGS foundation awards. 

Since 1999, the KEGS Foundation has supported geophysics education across Canada, providing students with extended learning opportunities (such as special lectures), information about career paths in geophysics and financial support.

Scholarship applications for 2017 are due April 30th. For more information, please visit the KEGS Foundation website.

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