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Graduate Students

The department has offered graduate degrees for more than a century (details below). In the past 20 years, our graduate program has been relatively stable, with 30-40 students registered at any one time.  The Dawson Graduate Geology Society hosts social events and organises field trips and other activities.

Masoud Aali

Ph. D. Candidate
(Mladen Nedimović)

Mathilde Banjan

Ph. D. Candidate
(Isabelle Coutand)

Laura-Ann Broom

M. Sc. Candidate
(;John Gosse)

Taylor Campbell

M. Sc. Candidate
(Grant Wach)

Richard Chow

M. Sc. Candidate

Ana Corbalan Castejon

Ph. D. Candidate
(Mladen Nedimović)

Jocelyn Egan

Ph. D. Candidate

John Evanelatos

Ph. D. Candidate
(David Mosher)

Carrie-Ellen Gabriel

Ph. D. Candidate
(Lisa Kellmen, Sue Zigler

Anne Hargreaves

M. Sc. Candidate
(Grant Wach)

Sean Kelly

M. Sc. Candidate
(Chris Beaumont)

Trevor Kelly

Ph. D. Candidate
(Grant Wach)

Erin Keltie

M. Sc. Candidate
(James Brenan)

Ryan Kressall

Ph. D. Candidate
(Yana Fedortchouk)

Harold Kuehn

Ph. D. Candidate
(Mladen Nedimović)

Zhuoyuan Li

M. Sc. Candidate
(Isabelle Coutand)

Bryan Maciag

Ph. D. Candidate
(James Brenan)

Kenneth Martyns-Yellow

M. Sc. Candidate
(Grant Wach)

Cody Paige

M. Sc. Candidate
(John Gosse)

Peter Regan

M. Sc. Candidate
(Nick Culshaw)

Lobke Rotteveel

M. Sc. Candidate
(Shannon Sterling)

Sydney Stashin

M. Sc. Candidate

Dawn Tobey

M. Sc. Candidate
(Martin Gibling)

Dustin Whalen

M. Sc. Candidate
(Mladen Nedimović)

Carlos Wong

M. Sc. Candidate
(Grant Wach)

Yuqui Zhao

M. Sc. Candidate

M.Sc. Degrees

Although M.Sc. degrees did not appear till 1903, the M.A. had been awarded at least as early as April 1869, when five B.A. degrees and one M.A. were conferred. Two more M.A. degrees were awarded the following year. The procedure seems to have been that the holder of a B.A. degree could submit a proposed thesis topic for approval. Thereafter the candidate proceeded with the work, usually, but not necessarily, at the College. When completed the thesis was examined by a committee appointed for each by Senate. On December 2, 1879, (i.e. during Honeyman's regime) Senate approved the proposal of Richmond Logan, B.A., for an M.A. thesis on: "The Harmony of Scripture and Geology". The thesis was presented on 9 March, 1880, and approved a month later. (Reading the Scriptures as allegory, the late Dr. Ian MacKinnon of Pine Hill, who was for years an active member of the Dawson Club, long maintained a casual interest in the same theme.) An M.A. was also awarded in April, 1909, to W. S. Brodie, who had previously been "Principal of the Glace Bay schools", but I have not been able to discover his topic.

The first M.Sc. in Geology was awarded to Loran Arthur De Wolfe, in April, 1903. He spent his whole life in education, at the Nova Scotia Teacher's College and in government, and was a major player in the development of the educational system of the province. I have not been able to find the title of this thesis, but in 1904 he published a lengthy paper on "The Structure and succession at North Sydney and Sydney Mines, C.B." which may be derived from that thesis.

According to a list of graduates in the calendar for 1907-08, DeWolfe received the second Master of Science degree awarded by Dalhousie. The first, in 1898, went to Ebenezer H. Archibald for work in Physics. He went on to Harvard and thence to the University of British Columbia, where he was head of the Chemistry department from 1920 to 1927.

Ph. D. Degree

As the graduate programs developed it became possible to offer the Ph.D. degree, and departments gradually added this. The first such degree in Geology was awarded to Fabrizio Aumento in 1965, for a thesis entitled "Thermal Transformation of Selected Zeolites and Related Hydrated Silicates".