WGM is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2015 Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award is Jesse Reimink, a PhD student from the University of Alberta. Jesse’s 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 PDAC 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. Mrs. Ward was president of Watts, Griffis and McOuat Limited, a past president of the Geological Association of Canada and long-serving chair of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s Geoscience Committee. The award is administered by WGM, the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), the Geological Association of Canada (GAC), the National Geological Surveys Committee, and the Canadian Geological Foundation.
Mrs. Ward was a passionate champion of the geosciences and a fervent advocate for preserving Canada’s geoscience knowledge base. The intent of the award is to encourage and support a graduate student in Canada whose thesis is likely to increase our knowledge of the geological history of Canada through mapping.