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Welcome Dr. Hom Nath Gharti

The Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering would like to welcome its newest faculty member, Dr. Hom Nath Gharti.

Dr Gharti's research area encompasses applied mathematics and computational (geo)mechanics, including (an)elastic-gravitational wave propagation, coseismic deformation and post-earthquake relaxation, glacial isostatic adjustment, gravity/magnetic anomalies, microearthquakes...

William E. White Post-Doctoral Fellowship Opportunity

The William E. White Postdoctoral Fellowship, created from a fund endowed by the estate of William E. White, will be awarded to an outstanding scientist who has completed a Ph.D. degree, normally within the two-year period preceding the time of the appointment.

The area of research is open, but the scholar’s research must be complementary to that being pursued in the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering. The research program to be undertaken and the level of support of research costs and moving expenses will be negotiated with a faculty member at the time the award is made. Potential applicants may obtain an outline of current research interests on the Departmental website and are required to initiate contact with a potential faculty...

Celebrating GARNET: Geo-Alumni Resource NETwork Year-in-Review


The GARNET program began in January 2020.  This program was created to support the need for growth between young alumni and current students. The program provides a learning environment for career development and a way to reinforce the relationship between industry and academia.

Initially a few young alumni were contacted and invited to volunteer as mentors for a current student in the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering.  Each prospective mentor was asked which area of interest they would be most comfortable speaking to a mentee about.  The current fourth year students (GEOLSCI and GEOE) were invited to participate in this program.  Each student completed a form outlining their first, second and third choice of their area of interest.  After review of the participation applications, mentees were matched with a mentor that best suited their interest!

Young alumni had a tremendous wiliness...

Dr. Jennifer Day Receives Catalyst Funding

Dr. Jennifer Day at Hopewell Rocks Park, New Brunswick

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Day on being awarded funds from the Queen's University Catalyst Fund. The goal of the Catalyst Fund is to enhance areas of research excellence that are of strategic importance to the University by giving scholars an opportunity to accelerate their research programs.This research project primarily supports two of the University’s Strategic Research Themes: Fundamental Principles of Nature: from Discovery to Application and Innovation, and Sustainability, Environment and Resources. There is also an interdisciplinary component that supports the Theme on Mobilizing Creativity and Enabling Cultures.

The project that the funding will support is titled, “Investigating the geomechanics...

Students Win CGS Student Competition Group Report Award

Caitlin Fisher, Queen's Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering student wins CGS Student CompetitionMark McDonald, Queen's Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering student wins CGS Student CompetitionEmily Miszk, Queen's Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering student wins CGS Student Competition

Congratulations to Caitlin Fisher, BSc'20, Mark McDonald, BSc'20, and Emily Miszk, BSc'20, on winning first place in the group report category of the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) student competition. The winning report is titled, "Intermontane Mining Ltd. Open Pit Mine Wall Pushback Design Project". 

The students are each pictured here with...

Grad Students Receive KEGS Awards

Congratulations to Stephanie Bringeland, Fadhli Atarita, and Fouad Faraj on receiving scholarship awards from the Canadian Exploration Geophysics Society (KEGS).

Stephanie Bringeland received the KEGS Foundation Limion Scholarship award. Stephanie will be starting her Master's in the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering in September 2020.

Fadhli Atarita received the KEGS Foundation CGG Airborne...

Dr. Christopher Spencer Receives Young Scientist Award from GSA

Dr. Christopher Spencer Receives Young Scientist Award from GSACongratulations to Dr. Christopher Spencer, who has received the 2020 Young Scientist Award (Donath Medal) from the Geological Society of America (GSA). 

The Young Scientist Award was established in 1988 to be awarded to a young scientist (35 or younger) for outstanding achievement in contributing to geologic knowledge through original research that marks a major advance in the earth sciences.

Dr. Spencer recently joined the Queen's University...

PhD Student Receives SEG Scholarships

Congratulations to PhD student, Callum Walter BSc'16, who has been awarded the 2020 Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Lucien LaCoste Scholarship, and the SEG Foundation Scholarship.

The Lucien LaCoste Scholarship is a merit based scholarship awarded for research specializing in Potential Fields instrumentation and/or data analysis. The SEG Foundation Scholarship is also merit based, and is awarded to students studying geophysics and related geosciences.

Callum’s research focuses on integrating remotely piloted aircraft systems (UAVs)...

Winning Photo Taken in QFIR

The Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering (GSGE) congratulates Dr. Ross Jansen-van Vuuren, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Chemistry, for their winning submission in the Queen's Art of Research Contest. The winning photo for the "Invisible Discoveries" category, was captured by Dr. Jansen-van Vuuren on GSGE's Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM), hosted in the Queen's Facility for Isotope Research (QFIR).

The ESEM can be used to image a wide variety of samples...

Dr. Hutchinson Elected as a Fellow of the CAE

Congratulations to Dr. Jean Hutchinson, who has been elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE). 

The CAE comprises many of the country’s most accomplished engineers, who have expressed their dedication to the application of science and engineering principles in the interests of the country and its enterprises. Fellows of the Academy are nominated and elected by their peers, in view of their distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession. 

Dr. Hutchinson is very deserving of this honour not only for her national...