Amanda Smith wins the Shea Award at the 71st AUGC


Congratulations to Amanda Smith, winner of the Frank Shea Award for best paper on economic geology at the 71st AUGC, held at St. Mary's University. Amanda gave a paper on the "Petrology and tectonic setting of the Park Spur pluton, Aspy terrane, Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia", arising from her honours thesis work under the supervision of Dr. Sandra Barr. In her presentation she clearly expressed her delight in spending her summer fieldwork wading in swampy Cape Breton Plateau alder-choked streams!

The conference attracted upwards of 40 participants online from Dalhousie, St. Mary's, Memorial, Cape Breton, and Acadia Universities and the University of New Brunswick, with a group joining in person at St. Mary's. It concluded with a field trip to the gypsum quarries in Hants County on Sunday afternoon.

The full list of award winners is:

Science Atlantic Best Paper Award
Kathleen Clark (Dalhousie University)
Sponsored by Science Atlantic $600

Frank Shea Memorial Award in Economic Geology
Amanda Smith (Acadia University)
Sponsored by Mining Society of Nova Scotia $500 and $100 to the undergraduate geology society of the student’s home institution

AGS Environmental Geoscience Award
Logan Cormier (Saint Mary’s University)
Sponsored by Atlantic Geoscience Society $250

Best Poster Award
Nikita Lakhanpal (Saint Mary’s University)
Sponsored by Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry, Geosciences and Mines Branch $250

Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists Award
Joseph de Luca (University of New Brunswick)
Sponsored by Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists Foundation $500

Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists Award
Nikita Lakhanpal (Saint Mary’s University
Sponsored by the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists $500

Several of the speakers, award winners, judges Deanne van Rooyen, Jacob Hanley, Rob Raeside, and conference organizers Josh Jackman, Aidan Buyers, Nikita Lakhanpal, Jenna Campbell can be seen on the Zoom collage below

Thanks to everyone at St. Mary's and Science Atlantic for helping to put the AUGC 2021 together.


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