Geological Science and Engineering

Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering

Student Spotlights

Student Spotlights highlight the unique paths and experiences of Queen's Geology students.
If you would like to nominate someone for a student spotlight, please contact Lorna Dumond.

Undergraduate Spotlight

Shahzal Tariq

Hometown: Long Island, New York

"I have always wanted to travel the world, while learning as much about the Earth as I possibly can."

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Previous Undergrad Spotlights

Ryan Shaw

Hometown:St. Marys, ON

"Geology impacts everyone in the world in ways that they can’t begin to imagine!"

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Tia Shapka-Fels

Hometown: Black Diamond, Alberta

"Taking geological engineering at Queen’s was one of the best decisions I’ve made, and I’m excited to return this September for one more year!"

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Luke McAllister

Hometown: Steinbach, Manitoba

"Queen’s is an incredible university, and the geology department is the most exceptional!"

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Sarah Chapman Geological Sciences

Hometown: Dorset, UK/ Madoc, ON

"Geology is now truly my passion and I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life exploring the world around me."

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Corey Lablans Geological Sciences

Hometown: Kingston, Ontario

"I would like to inspire further generations to embrace the world of geology, understand its importance and appreciate its beauty..."

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Eleanor McAuley Geological Engineering

Hometown: Odessa, Ontario

"From frantic colouring to being lost in the woods, the amount of learning and fun that occurred was incredible."

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Olivia Park Geological Sciences

Hometown: St. Catherines, Ontario

"Geology surrounds us and is full of stories; it explains many things we don’t understand."

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Braeden Klassen Geological Engineering

Hometown: North Vancouver, B.C.

"I love the outdoors, have a fascination with the processes that shape the world and appreciate the challenge that geology brings."

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Jess Andrew Geological Sciences

Hometown: Burlington, Ontario

"Geology has been something I have been interested in for as long as I can remember."

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Michael D'Souza Geological Engineering

Hometown: Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

"...after being enticed with a life of engaging work and global travel, Geological Engineering seemed like a great option"

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Thomas Macgowan Geological Engineering

Hometown: Vancouver, B.C.

"I probably knew from about the age of 5 that I wanted to be an engineer..."

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Emma Percy Geological Sciences

Hometown: Whitby, Ontario

"I instantly fell in love with geology and have never looked back"

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Nick Castel Environmental Geology

Hometown: Orangeville, Ontario

"I can safely say becoming a part of Geology has been the best decision I’ve made at Queen's!"

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Graduate Spotlight

Melissa Ruel

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

"Queen’s is also involved in a research program on railway ground hazard so it was obviously the best place for me to do my graduate studies!"

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Previous Grad Spotlights

Michelle Pitts

Hometown: Angus, Ontario

"I consider myself very lucky to have been able to work so closely with a world-class rock mechanics expert"

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Greg Burzynski

Hometown: Santa Maria, CA, USA

"When I got to undergrad, I knew paleontology would be the way for me to go, and that to truly be on the forefront, one needs a doctorate."

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Marissa Valentino

Hometown: Sudbury, Ontario

"I felt like my undergraduate thesis was a little taste of research for me to further explore by applying to graduate school."

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Neil Fernandes

Hometown: Toronto, ON

"...I want to see as much of this big, old, wonderful world and the rocks in it as is possible..."

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Jessica Pickett

Hometown: Kingston, ON

"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."

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Nicholas Joyce

Hometown: North Vancouver, BC

"Graduate studies gave me the opportunity to take a step back and build a much more robust understanding of economic geology and exploration geochemistry from the ground up..."

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Ioannis Vazaios

Hometown: Athens, Greece

"Tunnels are awesome regardless of what some people think."

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Anežka Radková

Hometown: Smolenice, Slovakia

"We live in a spectacular world and I like exploring some of its mysteries"

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Ryan Dhillon

Hometown: Lancaster, California

"I chose to continue my education as a graduate student because I found my passion in geology"

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Jennifer Bentz

Hometown: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

"There is something truly satisfying about contributing to the global pool of scientific knowledge, no matter how small your contribution may seem."

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Lindsay Waffle

Hometown: Huntsville, Ontario

"I was drawn to the independence and the creativity that graduate studies would provide..."

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Ted Matheson

Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario

"If geology has taught me anything it is that the world is a beautiful place and there is always something new to explore."

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Jeffrey Oke

Hometown: Grand Bend, Ontario

"I wanted a challenge and saw geomechanical engineering as the answer"

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