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University and college students: Accept the challenge, enter the contest and show us your skills! The winners will receive scholarships (see below)!

Geoscience research challenge

University students enrolled in an Earth Science program are invited to enter the Geoscience Research Challenge (formerly the AQUESTAssociation québécoise des sciences de la Terre Scholarship). The contest requires them to present a research project carried out in a university in Québec. The winners will receive a certificate of excellence and a scholarship.

See the Guide for additional information.

Amount of Scholarships

University Level Prize
Ph.D. students $2, 000
Master’s students – 1st prize $1, 500
Master’s students – 2nd prize $ 500
Undergraduate students $1, 200
Total : $5, 200

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Mine restoration challenge

Tuesday, November 21

This is a team challenge for teams of no more than three university-level students. Each team must devise a restoration concept for a mine tailings site, by producing a simple proposal showing the restoration concept and providing detailed technical justification in a short report.

See the Guide for additional information (in French only).

The winning team will receive a $3,000 scholarship.

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Explo challenge

Wednesday, November 22, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Each university team, composed of three students, will be allocated a specific prospecting sector. Using data from SIGÉOM, the team must target a mining property, prepare a detailed exploration program based on the property’s geology and available substances, and produce a detailed report. All this must be done in just 12 hours! It will be a true race against the clock!

See the promotional poster for additional information (in French only).

The winning team will receive a $3,000 scholarship.

We thank Esri Canada for providing participants with free ArcGIS licences for the duration of the contest.

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Mining challenge

Wednesday, November 22

This challenge is intended for second- and third-year college students enrolled in the Mineral Technology program, who have the basic training needed to prepare a concentration strategy for copper, zinc or gold ore. Working in teams of two or three, the students will present their concept along with their reasoning.

See the Guide for additional information (in French only).

The winning teams will receive scholarships of $1,500 and $500.


Awarding of Prizes

The names of the winners will be revealed at the award ceremony to be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 23. The winners of the Mine Restoration Challenge will be announced at the conference session entitled Innovative examples of development and restoration of mine tailings, which will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21.