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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,
January 3, 2018
  • Collett gift developments: As was announced initially at the special geophysical luncheon in Toronto on Oct 23, and subsequently at the KEGS-Ottawa meeting on Nov 22, with members of the Collett family present on both occasions, the Foundation is the grateful beneficiary of a transformative gift from the estate of Len and Genice Collett. Discussions are continuing re establishing possible visiting lectureship and research internship as well as several new scholarships at both graduate and undergraduate levels, all of which will bear their names as an enduring legacy of their extraordinary support of geophysical education.

  • Fall mini-symposium: A successful fall geophysical mini-symposium hosted by the KEGS Foundation and organized by Jean Legault was held on Tuesday Dec 5 (PM) at the UofT (preceding the KEGS XMAS party), offering a diverse assortment of talks and posters, including participation by current and recent scholarship recipients.

  • 2017/18 scholarship presentations: The presentation of most of the 24 scholarship awards for 2017/18 totaling more than $18k has been accomplished, primarily in conjunction with the following events:

    • Veterans' Luncheon Oct 23: USask, UQAT & Queens awardees
    • BCGS meeting Nov 16: UBC awardees
    • KEGS-Ottawa meeting Nov 21: Carleton & UOttawa awardees
    • KEGS-Québec petit déjeuner Nov 22: Ecole Poly & McGill awardees)
    • Fall Mini-symposium Dec 5: UWaterloo, UWO & UofT awardees

    The remaining scholarship presentations are expected to take place in January in conjunction with renewed KEGS Special Lectures at Ecole Polytechique (Jan 11?), Queens (Jan 18) and the University of Alberta (date TBD), with details to be announced shortly.

  • Fundraising efforts: While the major gift by the Colletts will fund new initiatives, continued donations are needed to support next year’s regular scholarship awards. Fundraising includes 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 continuing matching donation program generously supported by Phoenix Geophysics.

  • Renewal of scholarship program for 2018/19: It is anticipated the renewal of the Foundation's scholarship program for the forthcoming year (2018/19) will be formally announced shortly, with applications sought from qualified undergraduate and graduate students in geophysics at Canadian universities.


* 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...

2017 Scholarship Awards

The Directors of the KEGS Foundation are very pleased to announce the awarding of a near record twenty-four scholarships totalling more than $18,000 to twelve undergraduate and twelve graduate students in geophysics at twelve Canadian universities for the forthcoming academic year (2017/18). 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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