Geological Science and Engineering

Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering

GRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: JESSICA PICKETT

Hometown: Kingston, ON

Graduate Research Focus:

My research examines the exploration applications and physical processes of mineral and element dispersal applied to the less than 63 micron fraction of heavy minerals in till. The proposed laboratory research and a test field orientation study will be investigated, to develop novel methods to examine and characterize the <0.063 mm heavy mineral fraction of till using a hydroseparator. Past studies have yet to look at grains of such a small size and in doing so this could expand the horizon for looking for deposits within glaciated terrain. The hydroseparator proves to be the most reliable method in recovering the small size fractions based on reviews and past studies with other heavy mineral separation methods.

Why I chose to do graduate studies:

I chose to do graduate studies to further my knowledge and experience in my preferred field of geology, economic geology. In doing so I hope to be able to excel in a career that I am truly passionate about. I love learning and advancing my understandings in my area of research and I believe that doing a masters has allowed me to grow both as a student and as a person.

Why Queen’s?:

Doing my undergraduate degree at Queen’s University definitely had an impact on my choice to complete my masters here at Queen’s University. This is the school I fell in love with; the department, the staff and the opportunities available here are just a few of the reasons I chose Queen’s. But there was one leading factor, and that was my supervisor Dan Layton-Matthews. As an undergrad the courses he taught (mainly Ore Petrology), really helped me to discover the field of study I was most passionate about and it was because of this that I decided to complete my masters here with him as my supervisor.

Student involvement/extracurricular activities I am involved with:

I have been involved with the SEG Student Chapter as Vice President (2013-2014), President (2014-2015) and Secretary (2015-2016). I have also worked with the Jolliffe club as an events coordinator (2013-2014, 2014-2015). I have been privileged to work as a teaching assistant for the last 4 years, teaching a first year intro to geological engineering (2012-2015) and second year petrology course (2014). Outside of schoolwork I like to get involved with some of the intramural sports including soccer, inner-tube water polo and volleyball. I also have a love for baking and trying out new, fun recipes for every season.

The course which has influenced me the most:

It was from my undergraduate Ore Petrology course that I fell in love with economic geology. After completing this course I knew what I wanted to focus on in my career and further my knowledge in as a student. There was something about the material taught in this course that clicked with me and I instantly knew that this was the field of study for me.

After I graduate, I plan to:

I plan to take some time to travel before I settle down and search for my dream job! When I am ready to start my career, I hope to work within Canada in a laboratory-based setting, and potentially continue on in research applied to the separation of heavy minerals. Upon finding employment, I also plan to complete my APGO. 

One big goal I’d like to accomplish during my lifetime:

One main goal I would like to accomplish in my lifetime would be to start a family. I’m very family oriented and I cannot wait to have a big family of my own.

 

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