Dec '12/Jan '13

What makes students tick?

CMMF scholarship winners reveal what fuels their passion for mining

By Lynn Elizabeth Moore

Every year the Canadian Mining and Metallurgical Foundation (CMMF) awards an array of scholarships to the most dedicated mining engineering and geology students in Canada. According to CMMF manager Deborah Smith-Sauvé, a student’s passion for the industry dictates whether he or she is selected for a scholarship.

“We are looking for students who will be really happy to be in mining at the end of the day,” she says. “We are not looking for top marks, so much as for people who are passionate.” Smith-Sauvé points out that while applicants must be in good academic standing to qualify, winners are chosen largely based on their personal essays and their letters of recommendation. “These letters really show us if they are committed to the industry,” she explains.

CIM Magazine tracked down three of this year’s scholarship winners to find out what makes them passionate about mining.

Nicholas Joyce – University of British Columbia (UBC) | $2,000 Scotiabank and Scotia Capital Markets Scholarship*

Nicholas Joyce has a solid un­der­standing of economics along with three seasons of field experience in resource exploration, but he is still seeking the link between exploration milestones and stock market ­success.

“I have spent several years trading mining stock on North American exchanges in an effort to gain an appreciation of market forces as they pertain to stock price valuation in the industry,” he says. “I’m realizing that good news in the field doesn’t mean that the stock is going up.”

Joyce started university with a math honours and physics degree in mind, but the grandson of two geologists changed course and is poised to graduate from UBC with a B.Sc. in geology and a minor in economics.

In 2010, four weeks of persistent door-knocking landed the UBC student an interview with Bill Wengzynowski, former president of Archer, Cathro and Associates Ltd., and a summer job as a labourer in the Yukon.

“In the evenings, Wengzynowski would mentor me as a geologist,” Joyce recalls. Subsequent summer jobs with the firm saw Joyce leading a diamond drilling program and working as a prospector.

Joyce is considering going to work as a mining sector analyst before beginning a master’s degree in geology.

*The Scotiabank and Scotia Capital Markets Scholarship was established in 1998 on the 100th anniversary of CIM. Each year, a $2,000 scholarship is available to a geology student in Canada.

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