CFES Mentorship Medal
The CFES mentorship award was created in 2008 to recognize the sustained and inspirational mentorship of colleagues and employees including peers, graduate students, undergraduate students and technicians. The award was set up in honour of Paul F. Williams, a geologist known for scientific and mentoring excellence, candour and integrity.
Mentorship is recognized as a critical part of professional and academic development and is vital to the health of any professional community. With this award, CFES/ recognizes an earth scientist from Canadian industry, academia or government. The award is given annually, provided someone who meets the criterion is nominated.
The sole criterion for the award is excellence in mentoring over a sustained period of time. Nominations for the 2020 CFES Mentorship Medal will be accepted until January 15, 2020. Guidelines and nomination process are included in the nomination form which is available as a PDF or Word file.
Professor Georgia Pe-Piper of Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, is the winner of the 2019 CFES Mentorship Medal. The award is made in recognition of her unwavering and selfless dedication to mentoring and her focus on creating research opportunities for undergraduate students. She has promoted the importance of research and experiential learning, particularly for undergraduates, while maintaining excellence in research, teaching, and administration.
Georgia holds a B.Sc. from the University of Athens (Greece) and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (UK). She is internationally known for her work on shoshonitic volcanic rocks, shear zone granites, the petrographic recognition of the Montagnais impact crater, her book on the Igneous Rocks of Greece, and in the last decade the provenance and diagenesis of the Scotian Basin.
Maintaining a breadth of interests, spanning petroleum, mining, and environment, has made Georgia a versatile mentor, capable of offering students opportunities to work on many aspects of geology depending on their goals, strengths, and interests. It is her commitment to undergraduate research, her strategic approach and the permanent impact she has had as a mentor that makes Georgia truly deserving of this award.
The award will be presented during the GAC-MAC-IAH conference in Québec City in May.