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Scholarships & Awards

Students registered in undergraduate programs in the School of Geography & Earth Sciences have many opportunities to obtain scholarships to support their studies. Some of the scholarships and awards available to students in SGES are listed below.

Most are awarded on the basis of marks obtained or accomplishments made by the students during their studies. Please see the full list of Undergraduate Academic Awards or Specific lists of Awards for Social Science or Science.

Information about NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) for science students is available here.

Information about the Faculty of Social Science Undergraduate Student Research Awards for social science students is available here.

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  • $2000 The J.P. Bickell Foundation Mining Scholarships

    THE J.P. BICKELL FOUNDATION MINING SCHOLARSHIP (S)
    Established in 2002 by the J.P. Bickell Foundation. A variable number of scholarships to be awarded to full-time students who, in the judgment of the School of Geography and Earth Sciences, demonstrate an interest in the field of mining and have completed at least Level II of a B.Sc. program in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences.
    Value: $2,000 minimum

    $2500 The Jennifer J. Dunn Scholarship in Geology

    The Jennifer J. Dunn Scholarship in Geology

    Established in 2012 by Jennifer J. Dunn (Class of ‘93). To be awarded to a student who has completed at least Level ll in an Honours B.Sc. program in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences and who is pursuing experiential learning in geology through volunteerism, internship, and/or travel and study. Student must demonstrate a strong potential in geology.
    Value: $2,500

    Travel Scholarship applications are due February 28th.

    $1000 The Walker/Middleton Fieldwork Scholarship

    THE WALKER/MIDDLETON FIELDWORK SCHOLARSHIP (S)
    Established in 2010 in honour of Gerard Middleton and Roger Walker by a generation of grateful students who studied under them from the mid-1960s until 2000. To be awarded to students who are participating in field courses or research undertaken as part of the students’ program of study, who have completed at least Level II of an Honours B.Sc. program in the School of Geography & Earth Sciences and who, in the judgment of the School, have demonstrated notable academic standing.
    Value: $1,000

    Students who wish to be considered for this award must submit an application to the Director of the School of Geography and Earth Sciences by April 1st.

    Application form for the Walker/Middleton Fieldwork fund. Applications are due by April 15, 2015.

  • $300 The Alumni Canadian Geography Prize

    THE ALUMNI CANADIAN GEOGRAPHY PRIZE
    Established in 1985 by the Geography Branch of the McMaster University Alumni Association in recognition of Dr. Lloyd G. Reeds for his contribution to teaching during more than 35 years of service. To be awarded to the student who attains the highest grade in GEOG 2RC3 (or GEO 2HC3) (Canada).
    Value: $300

    $1,000 The Bill and Ria Hart Scholarship

    THE BILL AND RIA HART SCHOLARSHIP
    Established in 2011 by bequest of Ria Maude Hart. To be awarded to a student in an Honours B.Sc. program in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences who, in the judgment of the School of Geography and Earth Sciences, has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement in the area of environmental or ecological studies.
    Value: $1,000

    $1,000 The Binney Family Academic Grant

    THE BINNEY FAMILY ACADEMIC GRANT
    Established in 2012 by Paul Binney B.Sc. Hon. (Class of ‘73), M.Sc. and Lynn Binney (nee Frazer) B.A. Hon. (Class of ‘73) to encourage students to pursue their goals and aspirations. To be awarded to a student in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences who has completed Level I and at least an additional 30 units, has attained a high Sessional Average and demonstrates financial need.
    Value: $1,000

    $200 for books The Cameron D. Allen Book Prize

    THE CAMERON D. ALLEN BOOK PRIZE
    Established in 1978 in memory of Cameron D. Allen. To be awarded to a student in an Honours program in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences who, in the judgment of the School of Geography and Earth Sciences, shows outstanding achievement in studies in a fourth year climatology course. Preference will be given to a graduating student.
    Value: $200 for books

    $100 The Environmental Issues Prize

    THE ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES PRIZE
    Established in 1993 by the Regional Municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth in recognition of Metal Recovery Industries and Philip Environmental, Industrial Filter Fabrics Ltd., and Laidlaw Waste Systems. To be awarded to the student who attains the highest grade in GEOG 4MT6 (or GEO 4R06).
    Value: $100

    $1,000 The Hamilton Transportation Club Scholarship

    THE HAMILTON TRANSPORTATION CLUB SCHOLARSHIP
    Established in 2009 by The Hamilton Transportation Club in support of the McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics. The award has been created for the interchange of ideas regarding transportation and communication to increase the knowledge for the mutual benefit of the traffic field in general. To be awarded to a student who, in the judgment of the School of Geography and Earth Sciences, has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, research or activities in the areas of transportation and/or logistics.
    Value: $1,000

    $1,650 The Helen Emery Scholarships in Environmental Science

    THE HELEN EMERY SCHOLARSHIPS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
    Established in 1990 by Miss Helen Emery of Barrie, Ontario. Two scholarships to be awarded to students in Level II, III, IV or V of a B.Sc. program in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences who, in the judgment of the School of Geography and Earth Sciences, demonstrate leadership and infl uence in addressing environmental matters. Recipients must have attained a Sessional Average of 9.5 or greater.
    Value: $1,650 each

    $100 The Herbert S. Armstrong Memorial Fund

    THE HERBERT S. ARMSTRONG MEMORIAL FUND
    Established in 1997 in memory of Herbert S. Armstrong. To be awarded to a student who has completed at least 30 units beyond Level I who, in the judgment of the School of Geography and Earth Sciences, has achieved notable academic standing and who has made a significant contribution to university life through extra-curricular activities.
    Value: $100

    $250 The Hugh R. Thompson Memorial Prize

    THE HUGH R. THOMPSON MEMORIAL PRIZE
    Established in 1960 in memory of Dr. Hugh R. Thompson. To be awarded to the student who has completed Level I and an additional 30 - 45 units of an Honours program in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences with the highest Sessional Average.
    Value: $250

    $1,500 The Kanaroglou Scholarship Award

    THE KANAROGLOU SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
    To be granted annually to one graduate student working in the McMaster Institute for Transportation & Logistics, with a proven interest in Dr. Kanaroglou's field of study and whose research can potentially benefit the community at large.
    Value: $1,500

    $100 for books The Leone Betty Blackwell Memorial Book Prize

    THE LEONE BETTY BLACKWELL MEMORIAL BOOK PRIZE
    Established in 1999 by Dr. Bonnie Blackwell in memory of her mother, Leone Betty Blackwell. To be awarded to a graduating student with the highest grade in EARTH SC 3P03 (or GEO 3P03).
    Value: $85 for books

    $100 The Lloyd Reeds Prizes

    THE LLOYD REEDS PRIZES
    Established in 1983 in recognition of Dr. Lloyd G. Reeds for his outstanding contributions to the Department of Geography during 35 years of service. Four prizes to be awarded:

    1. one to the student who attains the highest Cumulative Average in an Honours B.A. program in Geography;
    2. one to the student who attains the highest Cumulative Average in an Honours B.Sc. program in Earth and Environmental Sciences;
    3. one to the student who attains the highest Cumulative Average in a three-level B.A. or B.Sc. program in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences; and
    4. one to the student who, in the judgment of the School of Geography and Earth Sciences, has demonstrated outstanding achievement in GEOG 4MT6 or EARTH SC 4MT6.
      Value: $100 each

    $1,000 The Middleton/Walker Prize in Sedimentary Geology

    THE MIDDLETON / WALKER PRIZE IN SEDIMENTARY GEOLOGY
    Established in 2010 in honour of Gerard Middleton and Roger Walker by a generation of grateful students who studied under them from the mid-1960s until 2000. To be awarded to the student graduating from an Honours B.Sc. program in the School of Geography & Earth Sciences who, in the judgment of the School, has achieved the highest standing in the field of sedimentary geology.
    Value: $1,000

    $300 The Moffat Family Prizes

    THE MOFFAT FAMILY PRIZE
    Established in 1990 by Moffat Kinoshita Associates Inc. To be awarded to a student who, in the judgment of the School of Geography and Earth Sciences, has the highest standing in the following senior level urban geography courses: GEOG 3UH3  (Urban Housing) and/or GEOG 4UT3 (Selected Topics in Urban Geography).
    Value: $300

    $1,100 The Molson Scholarship in Environmental Studies

    THE MOLSON SCHOLARSHIP IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
    Established in 1992 by the Molson Companies Donations Fund. To be awarded to the student entering the final level of a program in Geography and Environmental Studies, Earth and Environmental Sciences or Engineering and Society, who attains the highest Sessional Average.
    Value: $1,100

    $225 E.S. Moore Prize

    THE E.S. MOORE PRIZE
    Established in 1956 by Elwood S. Moore, LL.D. (Class of ‘55). To be awarded to the student graduating in an Honours program in Geography who, in the judgment of the School of Geography and Earth Sciences, has attained the most notable standing in Geo (or Earth Science, Environmental Science or Geography).
    Value: $225

    $1,500 The Charles Murray Ball Scholarships in Geology

    THE CHARLES MURRAY BALL SCHOLARSHIPS IN EARTH SCIENCES
    Established in 1991 by May A. Ball in memory of her brother Murray Ball. Four scholarships to be awarded to students entering Level II, III, IV or V of a B.Sc. program in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences who, in the judgment of the School of Geography and Earth Sciences, have attained notable standing. Ordinarily, not more than one scholarship will be awarded to any one program.
    Value: $2,300 each

    $1,000 The Pitcher-Ratford Awards

    THE PITCHER-RATFORD AWARDS
    Established in 2000 by Bruce Ratford (Class of ‘71) and Elda Ratford (Pitcher) (Class of ‘71). Two scholarships (one to a male and one to a female) to be awarded to students who have completed Level III of an Honours Geography program and who, in the judgment of the School of Geography and Earth Sciences (Faculty of Science), have achieved notable academic standing and demonstrated qualities of leadership at McMaster or in the community.
    Value: $1,000 each

    $550 The R. Louis Gentilcore Prize

    THE R. LOUIS GENTILCORE PRIZE
    Established in 1989 by the family and friends of Professor R. Louis Gentilcore on the occasion of his retirement from the Department of Geography. To be awarded to a student in an Honours program in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences who, in the judgment of the School, has demonstrated exceptional achievement in historical-cultural geography.
    Value: $550

    $325 The Rosart Properties Inc. Scholarship

    THE ROSART PROPERTIES INC. SCHOLARSHIP
    Established in 1988 by John D. and Dominic J. Rosart of Burlington. To be awarded to a student who has completed Level I and an additional 60 - 75 units of an Honours program in Geography and who, in the judgment of the School of Geography and Earth Sciences, has attained high academic standing.
    Value: $325

    $2,000 The South Ontario Economic Development Council Scholarships

    THE SOUTH ONTARIO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL SCHOLARSHIPS
    Established in 1973 by the South Ontario (formerly Niagara) Economic Development Council. Two scholarships to be awarded, normally one in each of the B.A. and B.Sc. programs, to the students who have completed Level I and an additional 60 - 75 units of the Honours Geography program and who elect EARTH SC 4MT6 (or GEOG 4MT6) in their graduating session. Awards are based on scholarship and interest in undertaking studies relating to regional development and regional planning in the Niagara Peninsula.
    Value: $2,000 each

    $75 The Stanford N. Katambala Earth Sciences Prize

    THE STANFORD N. KATAMBALA EARTH SCIENCES PRIZE
    Established in 1965 by contributions from friends and associates of Stanford N. Katambala, a Year III Honours Geology student from Tanzania, killed in a mine accident in Northern Ontario in September 1964. To be awarded to a student who has completed Level I and an additional 60 - 75 units of the Honours Earth and Environmental Sciences program and who attains high standing.
    Value: $75

    $2,000 The Vale Canada Ltd. Scholarship in Environmental Science

    THE VALE CANADA LTD. SCHOLARSHIP IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
    Established in 2000 by Inco Limited. To be awarded to a student entering Level III, IV (or Year V of a Co-op program) in the Honours Earth and Environmental Sciences program who, in the judgment of the School of Geography and Earth Sciences has achieved notable academic standing and demonstrated qualities of leadership at McMaster or in the community.
    Value: $2,000

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

School of Geography and Earth Sciences
McMaster University

General Sciences Building, Room 206
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.24535
Email Inquiries:
sges@mcmaster.ca

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

School of Geography and Earth Sciences
McMaster University

General Sciences Building, Room 206
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
(905) 525-9140 ext. 24535
Email Inquiries:
sges@mcmaster.ca