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2015 Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award Winner

Jesse Reimink

This year’s recipient of the Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award is Jesse Reimink, a PhD student at the University of Alberta. His PhD project is focused on early Earth processes as recorded in the ~4.0 billion-year-old Acasta Gneiss Complex in the Northwest Territories. Specific questions that are being addressed relate to the nature and tectonic setting of crust formation on the early Earth as well as secular trends documented within the ~600 million years of magmatism
present within the Acasta Gneiss Complex.   

Jesse will receive his award at the 2015 Joint Assembly to be held May 3-7, 2015 in Montreal, QC.


The award, comprising $5,000 and a certificate, is given annually and honors the memory of Mary-Claire Ward who died in 2004.  Mary-Claire 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 contributes to our knowledge about the geological history of Canada. Mapping must be 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 1 every year.