Welcome to the KEGS Foundation
Geophysics plays a vital role in the renewal of key global resources. As the principal technological forum for Canadian mining geophysics, KEGS (The Canadian Exploration Geophysical Society) has become increasingly concerned about:
Significant decline in geophysics enrollment in Canada;
Shrinking geoscience departments; and
Reduced government support.
These concerns are heightened by the fact that in the new millenium increased global resource utilization and other critical geoscience issues (e.g., environmental problems and earthquake mitigation) will inevitably require additional innovative and knowledgeable geophysicists.
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The KEGS Foundation
To help address these concerns, the KEGS Foundation was established in 1999 with the principal objectives of:
Providing scholarships to support education in geophysics* in Canadian universities;
Commemorating the achievements of the current generation of Canadian geophysicists whose contributions include many technological advances and resource discoveries; and
Educating the public (especially high school students) about the role of geophysics and related career opportunities.
The KEGS Foundation is guided by nine volunteer Directors, consisting of eight senior geophysicists, plus the KEGS Past President. The Foundation is also advised by a distinguished panel of fifteen geophysicists from diverse organizations and regions across Canada who serve as Counselors, ensuring that the Foundation obtains input from the various sectors and interested parties, and in turn effectively communicates its scholarship program and other educational activities to universities, students, geophysical service companies and resource corporations across Canada.
How You Can Help
Many of us recall with pride and gratitude receiving scholarship support for our university studies, benefiting from significant contributions by previous generations. Your contribution will help the KEGS Foundation sustain these opportunities for future generations.
By completing and mailing the Donation Form today, you can help us build a bridge to the future.
KEGS Foundation Update,
May 13, 2018
Renewal of scholarship program for 2018/19: Thanks are extended to interested students in geophysics who submitted their scholarship applications before the April 30 deadline. The application review process is underway, with scholarship decisions anticipated in early July.
Collett Graduate Scholarship: Application deadline extended to June 1: As announced last month, with a formal announcement circulated at the beginning of May, the Foundation has established the Len and Genice Collett Graduate Scholarship, to be awarded to a doctoral candidate showing particular promise of making a significant contribution to advancing geophysics (see Foundation website for details). The application deadline for this scholarship has been extended to June 1 to ensure interested and qualified graduate students have an opportunity to apply for this new prestigious award.
Other Collet Gift initiatives: In addition to the new Collett Graduate Scholarship, discussions are well advanced re establishing a visiting lectureship at the UofT and a research internship at the GSC, which will collectively serve to honour the extraordinary gift by Len and Genice Collett in support of geophysical education.
Fundraising efforts: While the major gift by the Colletts will fund new initiatives, continued donations from concerned individuals and companies are needed to support next year's regular scholarship awards. Fundraising activities include intensified efforts to contact many of 250 past scholarship recipients to encourage them to donate to support future students. Individual donors are reminded that they can double the impact of their donation (up to $250 per year) via the pledged support for the continuing matching donation program generously funded by Phoenix Geophysics (see Foundation website for details).
Governance: As announced in late April, in line with the Foundation's established succession planning, and following Board discussions, Stephen Reford has been appointed Acting Chair pro-tem replacing Jerry Roth due to personal circumstances. Jerry will remain a Director for the foreseeable future.
* The KEGS Foundation, a federally chartered Canadian charitable organization (870164340RR0001),
acts as trustee for various named geophysical scholarship endowments as well as for the John E. Steers Field School Bursary which is administered by the CMIEF.