Harington Graduate Scholarship for Canadian Cave Studies

Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to provide financial support to a graduate student in the Department of Earth Sciences and other related disciplines, who demonstrates a strong interest in Canadian cave studies.
  2. The criteria for this award are:
    1. full-time registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program in the Department of Earth Sciences or related disciplines
    2. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    3. Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status in Canada
    4. demonstrated interest in Canadian cave studies. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate an interest in the following areas of research:
      • new caves yielding significant Quaternary paleoenvironmental information (on faunas, floras, temperatures based on speleothems, etc.)
      • necessary further work on caves already known
      • developments of new techniques revealing more about past cave environments - especially those in Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon and adjacent Northwest Territories)
  3. If the Chair of Earth Sciences cannot identify a candidate in a graduate program in the Department of Earth Sciences who demonstrates a strong interest in Canadian cave studies, the Chair will consult with other departments of related disciplines encompassing cave studies, including paleobotany and/or the study of speleothems within Archeology. The Chair can then bring forward a nomination from another department.
  4. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  5. The student must be nominated for this award by the Chair of Earth Sciences. The nomination must be made on the online Grad Awards, Application and Adjudication System (GA3) and must be accompanied by:
    1. a current, unofficial SFU transcript and a copy of the transcript of the most recent degree program completed
    2. a curriculum vitae summarizing scholastic achievements and work relevant to the aims of this scholarship
    3. a one page summary of the applicant's current or proposed research
    4. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work and research potential
  6. The completed application and all supporting documents must be submitted to the Department of Earth Sciences.
  7. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies, on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, on the nomination of the Chair, Department of Earth Sciences.

April 2017/GESR186

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