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Geophysics plays a vital role in the renewal of key global resources. As the principal technological forum for Canadian mining geophysics, KEGS (The Canadian Exploration Geophysical Society) has become increasingly concerned about:

  • Significant decline in geophysics enrollment in Canada;
  • Shrinking geoscience departments; and
  • Reduced government support.

These concerns are heightened by the fact that in the new millenium increased global resource utilization and other critical geoscience issues (e.g., environmental problems and earthquake mitigation) will inevitably require additional innovative and knowledgeable geophysicists.

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The KEGS Foundation

To help address these concerns, the KEGS Foundation was established in 1999 with the principal objectives of:

  1. Providing scholarships to support education in geophysics* in Canadian universities;
  2. Commemorating the achievements of the current generation of Canadian geophysicists whose contributions include many technological advances and resource discoveries; and
  3. Educating the public (especially high school students) about the role of geophysics and related career opportunities.

The KEGS Foundation is guided by nine volunteer Directors, consisting of eight senior geophysicists, plus the KEGS Past President. The Foundation is also advised by a distinguished panel of fifteen geophysicists from diverse organizations and regions across Canada who serve as Counselors, ensuring that the Foundation obtains input from the various sectors and interested parties, and in turn effectively communicates its scholarship program and other educational activities to universities, students, geophysical service companies and resource corporations across Canada.

How You Can Help

Many of us recall with pride and gratitude receiving scholarship support for our university studies, benefiting from significant contributions by previous generations. Your contribution will help the KEGS Foundation sustain these opportunities for future generations. By completing and mailing the Donation Form today, you can help us build a bridge to the future. To contribute...

KEGS Foundation Update,
September 3, 2018
  • Nineteen scholarships awarded to 12 undergraduates and 7 MSc candidates for 2018/19: As announced in July, the Foundation has awarded scholarships to 12 undergraduate and 7 MSc students at eight Canadian universities for 2018/19. (See full announcement posted on the Foundation website for details.) Awards will be presented in the fall at KEGS and BCGS events, and at KEGS Special Lectures that are being arranged and will be announced shortly.

  • Collett Graduate Scholarship: Stephen Mosher, PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa, has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Len and Genice Collett Graduate Scholarship, established as part of the major legacy gift by Len and Genice Collett, for a doctoral candidate showing particular promise of making a significant contribution to advancing geophysics. Five other applicants of notable achievement and promise have been designated as Finalists.

  • Collett Distinguished Visiting Lecturer: The Foundation is in the process of finalizing an inaugural lecturer for the Len and Genice Collett Distinguished Visiting Lectureship in Geophysics, to be hosted by the Earth Sciences Dept. at the UofT next March.

  • Collett Research Internship at the GSC: The Directors are reviewing the applications received from qualified candidates for the inaugural research internship position with the GSC, focused on developing enhanced 3D inversion of potential field data, with an announcement expected in the next several weeks.

  • Fundraising efforts: While the major gift by the Colletts will fund new initiatives, continued donations from concerned individuals and companies are needed to support next year's regular scholarship awards. Thanks are again extended to recent very generous donation by Lamontagne Geophysics, and to those who contributed at the May KEGS-Ottawa meeting. Fundraising activities include intensified efforts to contact many of 250 past scholarship recipients to encourage them to donate to support future students. Individual donors are reminded that they can double the impact of their donation (up to $250 per year) via the pledged support for the continuing matching donation program generously funded by Phoenix Geophysics.


* The KEGS Foundation, a federally chartered Canadian charitable organization (870164340RR0001), acts as trustee for various named geophysical scholarship endowments as well as for the John E. Steers Field School Bursary which is administered by the CMIEF.

Matching Donation Program Initiated

The KEGS Foundation is very pleased to announce the launch of a matching donation program. PDF with full details...

How Students Can Apply

Interested undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in geophysics or a related field at a Canadian college or university are encouraged to apply (preferably by April 30 for the subsequent academic year) by submitting an application to the Foundation. The Foundation Directors, with advice from its counselors, will determine awards on an annual basis. Application Details...

2018 Scholarship Awards

The Directors of the KEGS Foundation are very pleased to announce the awarding of nineteen scholarships totalling nearly $17,000 to twelve undergraduate and seven MSc graduate students in geophysics at eight Canadian universities for the forthcoming academic year (2018/19). See details...

Recent News and Events

Scholarship presentation by Dennis Wood, Dir., to UVic students Erica Owen and Cedar Haneson at KEGS SL.
Recent scholarship presentations and related Foundation events.

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