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We at the KEGS Foundation realize that we are all living in extraordinary times. We have extended the scholarship application deadline for the 2020/21 academic year to April 30 from March 31. We realize that it may be difficult for students to obtain reference letters and/or current transcripts. We encourage students to submit their application in any case, and we will accept the supporting documents when they become available. More details

Geophysics plays a vital role in the renewal of key global resources and in advancing the understanding of global geoscience aspects and processes. 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 current 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 Foundation also actively supports geophysical education to supplement limited course offerings by universities via sponsoring relevant mini-symposia and instituting the KEGS Special Lecture program, which in 2018 arranged talks by leading industry geophysicists at six universities and related events.

Thanks to the recent extraordinary legacy gift from Len and Genice Collett received in late 2017, the Foundation has expanded its core scholarship program to include a special graduate scholarship recognizing important innovative research, as well as a distinguished visiting lectureship and a research fellowship, as announced in 2018, and requests for expressions of interest for the latter two appointments will be circulated at appropriate intervals.

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...

  • Scholarship presentations and KEGS Special Lecture program: As in prior years, the twenty scholarship awards for the current academic year (2019/20) have been presented during the fall at various professional meetings, such as the BCGS Geophysical Symposium (Oct 11), KEGS and KEGS-Ottawa meetings as well as in conjunction with KEGS Special Lectures. Lectures and accompanying scholarship presentations have delivered at Laurentian (Oct 29, Alan Jones), Queen's (Nov 5, Richard Smith), Western (Nov 15, Andrei Swidinsky, CSM); USask (T. Dithobane, Nov 19), UManitoba (Dennis Woods, Nov 20); UTM (Peter Annan, Nov 20). Lectures are scheduled at UCalgary (Jan 23) and UVic (TBD), with details to be announced and posted shortly. Many thanks are extended to the nine volunteer Special Lecturers for undertaking these important educational efforts on behalf of the Foundation this year.

  • Fall Mini Symposium (Dec 3): Spearheaded by Jean Legault of Geotech, the Foundation successfully hosted its annual mini-symposium, offering a diverse assortment of talks and posters ahead of the annual KEGS XMAS party. Thanks are extended to all the presenters for their contributions and participation.

  • Collet Distinguished Visiting Lecturer: Appointment: The Foundation is very pleased to announce that Prof. Michel Zhdanov (University of Utah and TechnoImaging) has accepted appointment as the Collett Distinguished Visiting Lecturer for the spring term, overlapping with the PDAC Convention and again hosted by the University of Toronto. It is anticipated that he will deliver lectures in Toronto on Feb 29 and March 6, with a half-day short course on EM inversion on March 5 at the UofT. Details posted shortly.

  • Veterans Reunion / After Party Feb 29 The Foundation will again be hosting its popular informal Veterans Reunion/After Party on Saturday Feb 29 following the KEGS Geophysical Symposium. Details to be announced in the near future.

  • Renewal of scholarship program for 2020/21: As is expected to be announced in January, the KEGS Foundation will in all likelihood renew its core scholarship program for 2020/21.

  • Collett Research Fellowship: The Foundation acknowledges receipt of several research proposals under this initiative, which are being evaluated. It also continues to seek expressions of interest from innovative Canadian PhD and post-doc researchers. Awarding of the fellowship will depend on determining a suitable project and researcher, as well as a host institution.

  • Collaboration with KEGS and other organizations: The Foundation is continuing its efforts to collaborate closely with KEGS, BCGS, TGDG and other geo-organizations in advancing geophysical and related education and achieving useful synergy between groups and events, most recently subsidizing students who attended the grav/mag short course presented by Yaoguo Li under the auspices of KEGS in Toronto (Nov 1) and Ottawa (Nov 4), and looks forward to supporting scholarship recipients who are interested in attending the KEGS Symposium on Feb 29 ahead of the 2020 PDAC Convention (March 1-4).

  • Alumni affairs: The Foundation continues to follow with interest the careers of the now more than 275 past scholarship recipients as they pursue further education and ultimately employment. In that regard, as was announced last month, Max Salman, currently a PhD candidate at UWaterloo, has accepted the challenge of improving communications and connections with past recipients, and encouraging donations to the Foundation to support current and future students. Collaterally, it is noted with pleasure that seven of the ten presenters at the mini-symposium were past recipients of scholarships from KEGS or KEGS Foundation.

  • Financial Overview: The financial report for the Foundation for FY 2019 (ending July 13, 2019) should be issued and circulated shortly, including posting on the Foundation's website. Thanks to the Collett legacy gift in 2017 and continuing support by the geophysical community, the Foundation's finances remain reasonably robust despite economic uncertainty and market volatility, enabling scholarship funding for the current year to be maintained at prior levels. However, additional donations by sustaining and new donors are needed and are being actively sought to enable continuation of the Foundation's core scholarship program at its current level for the forthcoming academic year.

  • Donations and fundraising efforts: Thanks are extended to Crone Geophysics, a sustaining supporter, for their most recent very generous donation. Individual donors are reminded that they can double the impact of their tax-deductible donation to specific endowed scholarships by taking advantage of the continuing matching donation program generously funded by Phoenix Geophysics (individual donations are eligible to be matched up to $250 per year; see details).

  • Governance and management: The Foundation remains focused on adapting to the ever-changing societal, business and technological environment so as to be relevant and effective in achieving its overall educational objectives as it expands the breadth of its activities in collaboration with KEGS, BCGS and the SEG Foundation, as well as managing the transition to a more collegial governance structure with greater roles and designated responsibilities by each Director.

With best wishes from all the Directors for a productive and successful New Year.


* 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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