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Congratulations to Diane Skipton, a PhD student at the University of Ottawa, whose thesis entitled “Paleoproterozoic metamorphism and deformation on Hall Peninsula, Baffin Island, Nunavut”, which has won her the 2014 Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award. 

Diane will be presented with her award at the 2014 GAC-MAC Annual Meeting in Fredericton, NB this May. 

The award, comprising $5,000 and a certificate, is given annually and honours the memory of Mary-Claire Ward who died in 2004. At the time of her death Mrs. Ward was the chair of the PDAC’s geoscience committee, chairman of Watts Griffis McOuat Ltd., and a past president of the Geological Association of Canada. She was a passionate advocate for the geosciences in Canada.

The intent of the award is to encourage and support a graduate student in Canada whose thesis will contribute to our knowledge about the geological history of Canada. Mapping is a significant component of the winning thesis.

The award is administered by the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), the Geological Association of Canada (GAC), the National Geological Surveys Committee, the Canadian Geological Foundation, and Watts, Griffis and McOuat Ltd

Application details are posted at pdac.ca and gac.ca by October 1st every year and the deadline for applications is mid-December. Award winners are announced in mid-February.