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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,
August 8, 2018
  • Nineteen scholarships awarded to 12 undergraduate and 7 MSc students for 2018/19: Awards will be presented in the fall at KEGS and BCGS events, and at KEGS Special Lectures that are being arranged.

  • Additional scholarship award for 2017/18: The scholarship award announced in May to ChuangXin Lin, a PhD candidate at the UofT, enabled by increased resources was presented at the KEGS Summer Networking Event on June 26.

  • Initial Award of Collett Graduate Scholarship and 10th Award of GSC Pioneers Scholarship Announced: The KEGS Foundation is very pleased to announce the inaugural award of the new prestigious doctoral scholarship honouring Len and Genice Collett for their exceptional philanthropy to Stephen Mosher at the University of Ottawa, whose PhD research is focused on studying seismicity and tectonics of the offshore convergent margin of B.C. via an array of ocean-bottom seismometers, as well as the 10th award of the GSC Pioneers Scholarship to Jorge Montegny Parra of the University of Calgary, whose R&D efforts are directed at developing improvements to full wavefield inversion of seismic data to monitor CO2 storage.

  • Other Collet Gift initiatives: The Foundation is in the process of selecting an inaugural lecturer for the Len and Genice Distinguished Visiting Lectureship, to be hosted by the Earth Sciences Dept. at the UofT. Additional expressions of interest are invited.
    Qualified candidates for the recently finalized Collett Research Internship at the GSC are also encourage to apply (see poster and website for further information) .

  • 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. Thanks are again extended to recent very generous donation by Lamontagne Geophysics, and to those who contributed at the May KEGS-Ottawa meeting. 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.

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* 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.




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...

2018 Scholarship Awards

The Directors of the KEGS Foundation are very pleased to announce the awarding of nineteen scholarships totalling nearly $17,000 to twelve undergraduate and seven MSc graduate students in geophysics at eight Canadian universities for the forthcoming academic year (2018/19). 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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