Support Geology

The world needs leaders, innovators, thinkers, and doers. The world needs problem solvers and global citizens that will confront the challenges and opportunities ahead.  Our alumni and donors play an integral role in ensuring our remarkable students are able to receive a world-class University of Saskatchewan education and become the next generation of leaders, professionals, and community members the world needs.

Students are at the heart of all we do. We are striving to inspire students to succeed by investing in tomorrow’s thinkers and creators. We are seeking the critical philanthropic support needed to reach new levels of excellence in each of these areas for the students of the Department of Geological Sciences.

Department Priorities & Needs

Entrance Awards

The province of Saskatchewan is Canada’s top producer of uranium and one of the world’s largest producers of potash.  Moreover, the province is home to 23 of the 31 critical minerals identified in Canada’s Critical Minerals strategy.  Consequently, the geological sciences play and shall continue to play a crucial role in the economy of the province and the country. 

In recognition of this, we are seeking support to provide an entrance award (regardless of merit or need) to EVERY new student (undergraduate or graduate) who declares a major in the geosciences. This entrance award will help offset the costs of their education.

Given that there is a shortage of highly skilled geology graduates to enter the workforce nationally, these entrance awards will also encourage new students to pursue a degree in the geological sciences. Your gift to support the department entrance awards will help to bring the brightest minds to this field and industry.

Experiential Learning

One of the most important ways to understand fundamental geological concepts is through experiential learning. Field schools are one of the most important experiential learning tools and as such, our undergraduate geoscience students at USask are required to take at least two field schools as part of their degree program(s). However, there are many other experiences which can be equally impactful, such as taught-abroad field courses (such as our courses in Spain and Ireland), field trips to nearby mines or museums, and even tours of provincial geoanalytical or core-storage laboratories.

Your support will remove financial barriers to ensure that enhanced experiential learning opportunities will be available for all geoscience students.

Ore Gangue Alumni Bursary Fund

The Ore Gangue Alumni Bursary Fund was established to provide annual support to geoscience students on the basis of academic performance, financial need, and contributions to the Earth Sciences student community.

The fund currently provides awards to two third-year and two fourth-year students annually. To ensure these awards maintain their significance in perpetuity, and to increase the number of awards that could be distributed, a capital pool of at least $500,000 is being raised.

Through the Ore Gangue Alumni Bursary Fund, geoscience students are offered the opportunity to realize their full potential. You can help to alleviate the financial burden of tuition and allow students to focus on their studies. Please consider helping to build a legacy that every alumnus can be proud of.

Donate to the Department

To support students in the Department of Geological Sciences, make a donation online and specify your gift direction in the comments box.

Receiving this bursary not only provided me with the means to continue my studies but also served as a source of encouragement and motivation. Knowing that there are individuals and organizations who believe in supporting students like me is truly inspiring. Everyone’s generosity has made an incredible impact on my educational journey and has alleviated a significant financial burden.

Thanks to this support, I have been able to focus more on my academic pursuits and extracurricular activities, furthering my growth and development as a student and as an individual. Your investment in my education will undoubtedly have a lasting effect, not just on my academic career, but on my future endeavors as well.

Please accept my sincerest gratitude for your generosity and belief in my potential. I am truly honored to have been chosen as a recipient of the Ore Gangue Bursary, and I am committed to making the most of this opportunity. Your kindness will always be remembered and cherished.

Logan Mastel
Ore Gangue Alumni Bursary Recipient

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