TORONTO – The Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award Selection Committee is pleased to announce that the winner of the first award is MICHELLE DeWOLFE. She is a doctoral student at Laurentian University, specializing in geology. Her award-winning thesis is entitled Volcanic Reconstruction of the Paleoproterozoic Hidden and Louis Formations, Manitoba, Canada. DeWolfe will be presented with a $3,000 cash award and certificate at the PDAC’s annual awards banquet on Monday, March 7.
The MARY-CLAIRE WARD GEOSCIENCE AWARD honours the memory of Mrs. Ward who died in 2004. 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.
The award was created by the many colleagues of Mary-Claire and organized through a coalition of the PROSPECTORS AND DEVELOPERS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA, the GEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION OF CANADA, the NATIONAL GEOLOGICAL SURVEYS COMMITTEE, and WATTS, GRIFFIS AND MCOUAT LTD. Each of these organizations is represented on the selection committee. The financial administration is provided by the CANADIAN GEOLOGICAL FOUNDATION.
In announcing Ms. DeWolfe’s win, Bill Mercer, chairman of the selection committee, commented on the high calibre of applications for the award. "The exceptionally high standard of the submissions made the selection process extremely difficult for the committee. We were very impressed with the quality of the students’ theses and their understanding of the importance of mapping. Mary-Claire would have been very pleased."