This award commemorates Professor George Vibert Douglas, Head of the Department of Geology from 1932-1957, and the first to hold the appointment as Carnegie Professor of Geology, which was established 1933 with a gift of $125,000 from the Carnegie Foundation. Before coming to Dalhousie, Douglas was the Geologist on Shackleton’s Last Antarctic Expedition (1921-22) and he explored Rio Tinto’s concession on the Congo/Zambia (formerly Rhodesia) border in 1930-31. This award is given to a student entering second year Earth Sciences with an outstanding academic record in their first-year studies. The first award was made in 1962; this year is the 57th annual presentation of the award.
This year’s awardee is Megan MacDonald in recognition of her good academic standing in first-year classes and high level of participation in student affairs. Megan is from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. She is a graduate of the International Baccalaureate Program, and the winner of a Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal for community Service. She entered the Integrated Science Program at Dalhousie in the Fall of 2019. Megan is currently pursuing a joint major in Earth Sciences and Physics. She was named to the Dean’s List last term. Currently, she is the Second Year Rep for Earth Science as part of the Dawson Geology council and Second Year Rep for the Dal Undergraduate Physics Society. In addition, she is a councillor on the Dal Science Society (DSS) and a member of the DSS Social Committee. In an effort to bring students together during the COVID pandemic, she created online servers for the second year Mineralogy and Sediments/Sedimentary Rocks classes.
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