Awards and Scholarships

Roy Hibbs Travel Awards

Deadline: Friday, October 21, 2016.

There are two competitions each year: one in Spring and one in Fall.

The Dr. Roy Dean Hibbs competition for the Student Conference Travel Awards is open to graduate students who whose supervisors are members of the Institute of Geophysical Research.

Winners of the Spring competition and applicants of the Fall competition must also give a talk at the Graduate Student Symposium. Students must compile the following:

  • Completed Application Form (PDF).
  • The abstract of the paper to be presented at the conference.
  • A letter of support from supervisor in a sealed envelope.
  • A short (approximately 2-page) curriculum vitae.

These materials should be put together in an envelope with "IGR Travel Award" and the applicant's name written clearly on the front. The package must be received in the mailbox of the Bruce Sutherland, IGR Director, Department of Physics, no later than 3pm on the deadline day.

Details of the award application and reimbursement conditions are included with the Application Form (PDF).

Congratulations go out to the winners of the Fall 2015 competition:

  • Taslima Anwar
  • Darcy Cordell (with distinction)
  • Olivia Henderson
  • Reza Malehmir
  • Ruijia Wang (with distinction)

Roy Dean Hibbs Memorial Graduate Scholarship

Deadline: Spring competition deadline TBA.

This scholarship, bequeathed in the memory of Dr. Roy Dean Hibbs, is open to students enrolled full-time in a graduate degree program under the supervision of a Faculty Member of the Institute for Geophysical Research. Recipients will be chosen on the basis of strong academic performance with an emphasis on research accomplishments at the University of Alberta.

The application materials include a description of research, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a letter of reference and a short C.V. including academic presentations and publications.

Details of the award application are included with the Application Form (PDF).

Congratulations go out to the winners of the 2015 competition:

  • Laura Gillard
  • Danny Hnatyshin

About Dr. Roy Dean Hibbs

Dr. Roy Dean Hibbs was a geophysics graduate student in the Department of Physics from 1970 to 1977. He received an MSc in 1972 and a PhD in 1977. His research was in electromagnetic induction in the Earth, and his numerical studies of source effects in two- and three-dimensional problems provided an important early contribution in that field. After graduating from the University of Alberta, Dr. Hibbs held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta, and then held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Victoria. Subsequently, he worked in the petroleum industry on projects in Canada, the United States and Libya. Dr. Hibbs died in a tragic plane crash in Libya in January 2000.

Thanks to a generous bequest on behalf of his family, top-performing graduate students of members of the Institute for Geophysical Research are annually awarded a scholarship in memory of Dr. Hibbs. The Dr. Roy Dean Hibbs Memorial Graduate Scholarship competition takes place annually in the spring. Also in his memory, several graduate students are also given Travel Awards to help offset the cost of travel to national and international conferences. The Student Conference Travel Award competition takes place bi-annually, in Fall and Spring.