May 2015

MER announces annual scholarship recipients

By Chris Balcom

CIM’s Maintenance, Engineering and Reliability (MER) Society unveiled its annual scholarship winners for the 2014–15 academic year, collectively valued at nearly $10,000. MER offers scholarships to students entering or currently attending post-secondary institutions, each of which can be awarded several times depending on the quality of the applicants.

All scholarships are open to CIM members and their immediate family. Next year’s scholarship applications are due by the end of September.

Centennial Scholarship

The Centennial Scholarship, established in 1998 to mark the 100th anniversary of CIM, is awarded to current students studying MER disciplines with plans to enter the mining industry after graduating. The scholarship is valued at $1,998.

Catherine_Lamontagne  Catherine Lamontagne will soon be concluding the third and final year of her undergraduate studies at Université Laval in Quebec City, where she has been studying mechanical engineering.
Cooper Meadows is in the final year of his undergraduate studies at the University of Saskatchewan. He will be graduating this spring with a degree in chemical engineering. Meadows is very active in the CIM Saskatoon Student Chapter, the National Mining Competition, and the newly formed CIM MetSoc Student Chapter at the University of Saskatchewan.

Ken Hildebrant Memorial Scholarship

The Ken Hildebrant Memorial Scholarship, created in 2006 in memory of the former MER Society chairman, is open to students entering or currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution. The scholarship is valued at $2,000 and was awarded to three applicants this year.

  Nicolas_Smit   Nathaniel_Smith
Liana Hadjigeorgiou is a first-year student at Queen’s University, where she received an Excellence Scholarship to enroll in the bachelor of commerce program. Hadjigeorgiou is a member of the Queen’s Consulting Association.   Nicolas Smit is a graduate of Laurentian University and the mining engineering technician program at Sudbury’s Cambrian College. He is currently enrolled in the college’s mining engineering technology program and will be graduating this spring. Smit is the social chair of CIM’s Sudbury Branch and previously sat on the board as the student representative.   Nathaniel Smith is in his second year of studies at the University of British Columbia’s Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining, where he is enrolled in the undergraduate mining and mineral processing engineering program. He is currently the second-year representative of the Mining Undergraduate Society and a participant on the university’s Canadian Mining Games team.

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