Awards and Scholarships

Roy Hibbs and AGU Travel Awards

Deadline: 3pm on Thursday, October 22, 2020

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

The competition for Student Conference Travel Awards is open to graduate students whose supervisors are members of the Institute of Geophysical Research. These awards are made possible through an endowment in memory of Dr. Roy Dean Hibbs and a donation from the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Applicants to the Spring and Fall competitions must also give a talk at the corresponding Graduate Student Symposium. Students must compile the following:

  • a completed application form (download the form from the top-right corner of this page);
  • the abstract of the paper to be presented at the conference;
  • evidence of acceptance of the paper;
  • a short (approximately 2-page) curriculum vitae; and
  • a letter of support from supervisor (emailed to the IGR director from the supervisor)

These materials should be submitted as a PDF file, sent by email to the IGR Director no later than the deadline. Include the email subject line “IGR TRAVEL AWARD”. Arrange for the letter of support to be emailed to the IGR director by the supervisor.

Apply for the Hibbs/AGU Conference Travel Award

Congratulations go out to the winners of the Spring 2020 competition:

  • Breno Bahia
  • Chris Nixon

Roy Dean Hibbs Memorial Graduate Scholarship

Deadline: To be announced in winter 2021

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 completed application form (download from top right corner of this page);
  • a description of research;
  • undergraduate and graduate transcripts;
  • a letter of reference; and
  • a short C.V. including academic presentations and publications.

Apply for the Hibbs Graduate Scholarship

Congratulations go out to the winners of the 2019 competition:

  • Breno Bahia
  • Chris Nixon
  • Jorge Nustes Andrade

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.