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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,
May 27, 2018
  • Collett Graduate Scholarship: Application deadline extended to June 1: As announced last month, with a formal announcement circulated at the beginning of May, in recognition of the major legacy gift by Len and Genice Collett, 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.

  • 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.

  • Other Collet Gift initiatives: In further recognition of the Collett legacy gift, the Foundation has established the Len and Genice Distinguished Visiting Lectureship, to be hosted by the Earth Sciences Dept. at the UofT (see announcement posted on the Foundation's website). Arrangements are also effectively finalized to establish and fund a research internship at the GSC, which will serve to further honour the extraordinary gift by the Colletts in support of geophysical education, as will be formally announced shortly.

  • Additional scholarship award for 2018/19: As a result of increased resources, the Foundation is pleased that it can now make a scholarship award to ChuangXin Lin, a PhD candidate at the UofT, whose research focus is computational seismology.

  • 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.

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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