Student Support

GORDON M. RITCEY Ph.D. AWARD

In 1952, Gordon Ritcey graduated from Dalhousie University located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dr. Ritcey has worked with the Radioactivity Division of Department of Mines & Technical Surveys in Ottawa. Afterwards he joined Eldorado Mining & Refining at Port Radium in the North West Territories as Chief Chemist until 1957. During the next ten years from 1957-1967, Dr. Ritcey was Head of Chemical Research at the Eldorado R&D Division in Ottawa. Dr. Ritcey spent the next 21 years at CANMET in Ottawa as Senior Research Scientist and Head of Hydrometallurgy, where numerous separation processes were developed.

Dr. Ritcey has published over 150 papers, in addition to a two-volume text on solvent extraction; and an authoritative text on tailings management. Seventeen patents have been granted. Dr. Ritcey has been a technical session chairman of numerous national and international conferences as well as conference chairman of several national conferences . He was President of the Metallurgical Society of CIM (1976-77), and during the period 1986-96 he served as Secretary-General of the International Committee for Solvent Extraction. He was the founding editor of the international journal of Hydrometallurgy (1975), and remained as editor for 19 years.

Dr. Ritcey has received numerous honours, including being the first recipient of the Sherritt Gordon Hydrometallurgy Medal; the Alcan Medal; CIM Silver Medal, the University of Liege (Belgium) Medal; the Mendeleev Medal (Russia) and the Carl Hanson Medal (ISEC).

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To encourage graduate studies in the field of hydrometallurgy, the Hydrometallurgy Section offers one (1) award of $5,000 to honour the accomplishments of a Ph.D. graduate student in the field of hydrometallurgy in a Canadian university. To be eligible the candidate should be registered in a Ph.D. program in the field of hydrometallurgy during the entire 2016/2017 academic year in a Canadian university.

Applications must include:
1) A copy of the applicant’s academic transcripts
2) A summary of the project, including preliminary results, a discussion concerning subsequent project orientation, and a list of prepared publications or conference presentations (2-3 pages maximum)

The recipient of the 2016 Ritcey Award was Ahmet Deniz Bas, Ph.D. student from Laval University, for his graduate research on electrochemical phenomena occurring upon gold cyanidation.

Previous recipients:

2015 — A. Burns, University of British Columbia
2014 — R. Tavakoli, University of British Columbia
2013 — No award
2012 — T. Feldmann, McGill University
2011 — G. Nazari, University of British Columbia
2010 — I. Perederiy, University of Toronto
2009 — G. Azimi, University of Toronto
2008 — F. Xie, University of British Columbia
2007 — B. Rivera-Vasquez, University of British Columbia
2006 — J. Vaughan, University of British Columbia
2005 — L. Munholand, Sherbrooke University
2004 — F. Lagno, McGill University

Application deadline: March 01, 2017
Please email your application package to:

Niels Verbaan
Chair Student Support
SGS Minerals Services
Email: niels.verbaan AT sgs.com

ERNEST PETERS MASTER’S AWARD (NEW)

Ernest (Ernie) Peters was born in Steinbach, Manitoba on January 27, 1926. He entered the University of British Columbia in July 1945 and received his B.A.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering in 1949. Upon graduation, he took a job in a steel mill in Utah, but in fall 1950, he returned to UBC to do an M.A.Sc. thesis on “The Leaching of Uranium from Pitchblende Ores.” He then took employment with the Consolidated Mining and Smelting Co. Ltd. (now Cominco Ltd.) in Trail, BC as a Research Engineer. He again returned to UBC in 1953, with a Cominco Fellowship and finished a Ph.D. thesis in 1956, on “The Homogeneous Activation of Molecular Hydrogen by Cupric Species in Aqueous Solutions.” Following his Ph.D., he worked with Union Carbide Co. in Niagara Falls, Ontario, until 1958, when he was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Mining and Metallurgy at UBC. Thereafter, he dedicated his research to hydrometallurgy with Professor Frank Forward as mentor.

Ernest Peters passed away on May 27, 2009, but his legacy remains huge in the hydrometallurgy community in Canada and abroad.

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To encourage graduate studies in the field of hydrometallurgy, the Hydrometallurgy Section offers one (1) award of $3,000 to honour the accomplishments of a Master’s graduate student in the field of hydrometallurgy in a Canadian university. To be eligible the candidate should be registered in a Master’s (M.Sc., M.Eng., M.A.Sc.) program in the field of hydrometallurgy during the entire 2016/2017 academic year in a Canadian university.

Applications must include:
1) A copy of the applicant’s academic transcripts 2) A summary of the project, including preliminary results, a discussion concerning subsequent project orientation, and a list of prepared publications or conference presentations (2-3 pages maximum)

Application deadline: March 01, 2017
Please email your application package to:

Niels Verbaan
Chair Student Support
SGS Minerals Services
Email: niels.verbaan AT sgs.com

TRAVEL FUNDING ASSISTANCE - CONFERENCE SUPPORT

COM 2017 - August 27 to 30, 2017, in Vancouver, BC, Canada

  • The Hydrometallurgy of Nickel and Cobalt 2017 Symposium. Read more
  • The 7th International World Gold Conference. Read more

The Hydrometallurgy Section provides support for graduate students in the field of Hydrometallurgy wishing to attend the above mentioned conference. 

The funding is calculated according to the following formula:

1) $500 for each student presenting a poster
2) $1000 for each student presenting a paper
3) $200 discount on the fee to attend a short course on Hydrometallurgy
If the requests exceed the total funds budgeted, the determination of eligibility will be decided by the fund administrator.

In the case of a poster or a paper, the application should include:

A summary of the student’s research project
A letter of support from his/her thesis supervisor
In the case of attending a short course, the discount is applied as part of the registration process.

To be eligible, students should be registered in a Canadian university at the time of the conference, in a Masters or PhD program related to the field of Hydrometallurgy. Students from the conference host city do not qualify for travel support.    

By accepting conference support, the recipients also agree to have their names published on this web site, as recipients of this travel support.

In 2016 we supported 4 postgraduate students to attend the IMPC/COM 2016 Conference, in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

Application deadline: June 09, 2017
Please email your request to:

Niels Verbaan
Chair Student Support
SGS Minerals Services
Email: niels.verbaan AT sgs.com

HYDROMETALLURGY UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

To encourage undergraduate students at Canadian universities to enter the engineering field and science discipline of hydrometallurgy, the Hydrometallurgy Section provides two scholarships of $2,500 each annually.

Scholarship Criteria

  • The Applicant must be a full-time student in a Canadian University who will enter into his/her final year or penultimate year of a program at the undergraduate level and intends to work or carry out research in a field of science and engineering with relevance to hydrometallurgy
  • CIM student membership is not required but CIM members may be given preference over non-members
  • Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens or Permanent Resident students; however, International students attending a recognized Canadian educational institution are welcome to apply
  • The scholarship will be based upon applicant’s academic achievement and the motivation in the field of science and engineering with relevance to hydrometallurgy. Consideration will be given to the applicant’s past work experiences and extracurricular activities

Application Process
No formal application forms are given. The applicant is requested to submit a written application in English or French, including the following documentation to the CIM MetSoc Hydrometallurgy Section Scholarship Committee:

1. Student Statement Letter
Prepare a maximum 200 word statement explaining:

  • Applicant's career objectives in hydrometallurgy
  • Applicant's educational objectives
  • How this scholarship would help the applicant attain the above objectives
  • Why the applicant wants to work in the field of hydrometallurgy and how he/she will maintain involvement with the hydrometallurgical industry or research community.
  • The Committee reserves the right to contact the reference persons provided by the scholarship applicants.

2. Student Resume
Indicate internships, work and/or co-op experience, academic courses and projects related to the applicant's intended area of study in college or university. Extracurricular activities should be highlighted as an important aspect of the application.

3. Official Transcript
Request and submit one original transcript to date from the applicant's school(s).

4. Two Recommendation Letters
The applicant should arrange for reference letters to be sent directly to the Scholarship Committee from at least two referees. The referees could be faculties, employers, teachers, coaches, etc. At least one referee should be familiar with the applicant’s academic performance. The Committee reserves the right to contact the reference persons provided by the scholarship applicants.

Past Recipients

2016 – James Cruikshanks of Queen's University
2015 – Justin Riggio of McGill University
2014 – Cooper Meadows of the University of Saskatchewan, and Cameron Hill of McGill University
2013 – Jonathan Leung and Raphael Soldi-Giribaldi, both of the University of Toronto.
2012 – Corinne Nicole Smith and David Clive Elliott, both of Memorial University
2011 - Sara Fitzel of the University of Alberta and Jordan Zampini at McGill University.

Application deadline: March 01, 2017
Please email your application package to:

Niels Verbaan
Chair Student Support
SGS Minerals Services
Email: niels.verbaan AT sgs.com

LUCY ROSATO UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Thomas To honour the memory of Lucy Rosato (1953-2011), a distinguished Canadian hydrometallurgist and business leader, the Hydrometallurgy Section, has established a one-year scholarship of $5,000 for a female 3rd or 4th year undergraduate student enrolled full-time in any science and/or engineering program at a Canadian university, who intends to work in the field of hydrometallurgy, mining or environment.

The 2017 scholarship will be awarded and presented at the COM 2017 Conference, which is to be held from August 27 to 30, 2017, in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Scholarship Criteria

We encourage you to apply for this scholarship if you are a female who has:

  • Passion for hydrometallurgy, mining or environment.
  • Achievement in science and/or engineering relating to hydrometallurgy, mining or environment.
  • Demonstrated community accomplishments.

Application Process
The selection process is managed by the Hydrometallurgy Section’s Scholarships sub-committee, which reports to the Education Chair. No formal application forms are used. To apply, submit a written application in English or French, including the following documentation to the CIM MetSoc Hydrometallurgy Section Scholarship sub-committee:

Niels Verbaan (English): niels.verbaan AT sgs.com
Georges Houlachi (Français): houlachi.georges AT lte.ireq.ca

1. Student Statement

A brief (maximum 2 pages) statement explaining:

  • Your career objectives in hydrometallurgy, mining or environment.
  • Your educational objectives.
  • How this scholarship would help you attain your objectives.
  • Why you want to work in the field of hydrometallurgy, mining or environment.
  • How you intend to maintain involvement with the hydrometallurgical industry or research community.

Include relevant referees who can be contacted to support your application, should the sub-committee wish to do so.

2. Student Résumé

Indicate internships, work and/or co-op experience, academic courses and projects related to your area of study. Extracurricular activities should be highlighted as an important aspect of your application.

3. Official Transcript

Request and submit one original transcript to date from your school.

4. Two Recommendation Letters

The recommendation letters can be from faculty, employers, teachers, coaches, etc., with at least one written by a faculty member acquainted with your academic performance.

Past Recipients

2016 – Emma Dodds of UBC
2015 – Caitlyn McKinley of Queen’s University
2014 – Shelby Pottle of Dalhousie University
2013 – Sarah Ingram of Queen’s University

Application deadline: March 01, 2017
Please email your application package to:

Niels Verbaan
Chair Student Support
SGS Minerals Services
Email: niels.verbaan AT sgs.com


or to:

Georges Houlachi
Hydro-Québec, LTEE
Tél: (819) 539-1400 poste 1307
Email: houlachi.georges AT lte.ireq.ca

 


For further information about CIM Hydrometallurgy Section student support, please contact:

Niels Verbaan
Chair Student Support
SGS Minerals Services
Email: niels.verbaan AT sgs.com