BU students awarded NSERC postgraduate scholarships

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Melissa Anderson of Medicine Hat, AB and Colin Sproat of Oakville, MB have been awarded the Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships offered through NSERC.  BRANDON, MB – Two Brandon University students have received Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) offered through NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada). These awards are valued at $17,500 a year per student.

  Melissa Anderson of Medicine Hat, AB and Colin Sproat of Oakville, MB are this year’s recipients from BU. They are both entering Masters programs in Geology.

  “Our students are to be congratulated on this success. These awards set them apart as some of the finest graduates in the country. Their success speaks directly to the high quality of undergraduate education that occurs within our Faculty of Science,” says Dr. Scott Grills, Vice-President (Academic & Research).

  The CGS is offered to the top-ranked applicants and the support allows these scholars to fully concentrate on their studies and seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields.

  “These awards go to the very best Science students across the country. The members of the Faculty of Science are very proud of the accomplishments of Melissa and Colin and wish them even greater success in their graduate studies,” says Dr. Austin Gulliver, Dean of Science.

  Details on this year’s award winners are as follows:


  • Melissa Anderson plans to take up her award in the Department of Geology at the University of New Brunswick under the supervision of Dr. David Lentz. Her proposed research is entitled, “ Trace Element Geochemistry of Muscovite in the Big Bird Li-Ta Pegmatite Deposit and Associated Aylmer Lake Pegmatite Field, NWT.”


  • Colin Sproat plans to study at the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Western Ontario under the supervision of Dr. Jisuo Jin. His proposed research is entitled “ Origin and radiation of the Late Ordovician brachiopod shelly fauna in the paleo-equatorial epicontinental sea of southern Manitoba.

  NSERC, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, is the primary Canadian federal agency investing in people, discovery, and innovation. The Council supports both basic research through research grants and project research through partnerships of universities with industry. NSERC also supports the advanced training of highly qualified people in both areas.


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