Undergraduate Spotlight: Matt Williams

Matt Williams, undergraduate student spotlight

“We cannot take one step in geology without drawing upon the fathomless stores of by-gone time” – Adam Sedgwick

Hometown: Calgary, Alberta

Program: Geological Sciences

Current year: 4th

Matt Williams in the fieldWhy I chose Geological Sciences or Geological Engineering:

I chose to study geology because I grew up hiking in Kananaskis Park and would always have to stop and look at the rocks. This never stopped throughout my childhood and when it came time to apply for university, I knew exactly what I wanted to study!

The professor(s) or course which has influenced me the most so far:

The professor who has influenced me the most in my time at Queen’s would be Dr. Leybourne. From the first class in geochemistry, I could tell he was passionate about his work and it showed in each class he has taught.  

Most memorable Queen’s experience so far:

The most memorable experience at Queen’s so far was the 3rd and 4th year fieldtrips to the United States and Quebec. The week-long trips allowed us all to get an in-depth learning experience at amazing outcrops with some of the best professors at Queen’s. During this time, you really get to experience the passion that the professors have for geology and that feeling is transferred to all of the students. The trips present an excellent opportunity to see what you have learned in lecture in a real world setting.   

Matt using field equpimentWhat do you like to do in your spare time?:

During my free time, I typically go rock climbing at the Boiler Room. The gym itself and the Queen’s Climbing Club is a well-connected community where you can talk to anyone and ask for help with routes, talk about school, and make new friends along the way.  

After I graduate, I:

hope to find a job in the mineral exploration industry. With the push for the use of renewable resources, I would like to be part of the exploration front for elements such as copper, lithium, or uranium. There is nothing like going into the field and walking on ground where few, or no people, have been before.