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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:

  1. Providing scholarships to support education in geophysics* in Canadian universities;
  2. Commemorating the achievements of the current generation of Canadian geophysicists whose contributions include many technological advances and resource discoveries; and
  3. 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. To contribute...

KEGS Foundation Update,
September 1, 2017


  • Formal announcement of 24 scholarship awards for 2017/18 totaling more than $18k; appreciative responses received from contacted recipients; full details to be provided to awardees shortly.

  • Renewal of KEGS Special Lecture program to accompany scholarship presentations at 10-12 universities in the fall initiated; details to be announced shortly.

  • Fundraising intensified to support next year's scholarship awards, with augmented efforts to contact the more than 250 past recipients;

  • Special luncheon saluting geophysical veterans and pioneers being organized for October 23, during Exploration '17, at The Overdraught, to include recognition of key donors and an update on major Foundation activities and developments. See invitation with details; early reservations encouraged.


  • Twenty-four scholarships formally announced for 2017/18: Formal announcement of 24 scholarships totaling more than $18,000 for the upcoming academic year has been circulated and posted on Foundation website. We have received appreciative responses from contacted recipients; letters with full details to be provided to awardees shortly. Recipients are also eligible for additional benefits, including free KEGS membership and support for travel expenses to attend KEGS and BCGS events during the academic year.

  • Renewal of the KEGS Special Lecture program: Efforts are underway to renew the KEGS Special Lecture program at 10-12 universities in the fall, to accompany presentation of the majority of scholarships, as in prior years. Details of specific lectures will be announced on the Foundation's website as they are arranged.

  • Fundraising efforts: Renewed donations continue to be sought to support the continuing scholarship program and related activities. An augmented effort has been initiated to contact past scholarship recipients (now more than 250) to encourage contributions, particularly by those with well-established careers. Individual donors are reminded that they can double the impact of their donation via the continuing matching donation program generously supported by Phoenix (see Foundation website for details).

  • Veterans' luncheon Oct 23: Taking advantage of the global convergence of attendees at Exploration '17 (Oct 21-27), arrangements have been made to hold a special luncheon saluting geophysical veterans and pioneers on Monday October 23 at The Overdraught resto/pub (conveniently located at 156 Front St. W across from the Convention Centre), to include recognition of key donors and an update on recent Foundation activities and major developments. Details can be found in the posted invitation. In view of venue limits, to ensure participation early (discounted) reservations are encouraged, readily done using the PayPal process accessible on the home page of the Foundation's website. Note that an additional discount is available to geophysical veterans (65 and over).


* 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.

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Matching Donation Program Initiated

The KEGS Foundation is very pleased to announce the launch of a matching donation program. PDF with full details...

How Students Can Apply

Interested undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in geophysics or a related field at a Canadian college or university are encouraged to apply (preferably by April 30 for the subsequent academic year) by submitting an application to the Foundation. The Foundation Directors, with advice from its counselors, will determine awards on an annual basis. Application Details...

2015 Scholarship Awards

The Directors of the KEGS Foundation are very pleased to announce the awarding of twenty scholarships totalling more than $17,000 to ten undergraduate and ten graduate students in geophysics at thirteen Canadian universities for the forthcoming academic year (2015/2016). See details...

Recent News and Events

Scholarship presentation by Dennis Wood, Dir., to UVic students Erica Owen and Cedar Haneson at KEGS SL.
Recent scholarship presentations and related Foundation events.

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