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Students share EIG prizes


The Extractive Industry Geology (EIG) Bursary 2009 has been awarded to students from Camborne School of Mines and Durham University.

Geoscientist 20.03 March 2010

EIG conferences have been held every two years since 1979, and attract a wide range of extractive industry professionals from the UK and overseas. As part of an industry-wide attempt to encourage new blood to join the profession, the EIG Bursary was established to provide financial support to young scientists for their extractive industry research.

The Bursary is open to senior undergraduate and postgraduate students in geology or related subjects. This financial support is available for studies or project work relevant to geology in the extractive industries in the UK. This support is available to provide funds for fieldwork or other activities as part of an MSc or PhD research project, summer projects undertaken by BSc or MSc undergraduates and general support for fees or living costs for an MSc taught course in a relevant area.
  • Paul Wallwork, Mining Geology MSc student (Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter) received 1000 to help towards the costs of his MSc research project. He will be studying dust production and its correlation with variations in the limestone geology at Swinden Quarry in North Yorkshire (Tarmac Ltd).
  • Sabina Michnowicz, PhD student (Institute of Hazard and Risk Research, Dept of Earth Science, Durham University) received £1000 towards the cost of her research. She is studying ‘The occupational and environmental health hazard of quarried volcanic deposits’ and will carry out research on rock and dust samples from sites in UK and Italy.

Colin Comberbach, chairman of the EIG Conference organising committee, said: “It is marvellous to see young Earth scientists getting involved in extractive industry research. We look forward to both Paul and Sabina presenting their results at the next EIG conference.”
  • The Extractive Industry Geology 2010 conference will be held in Portsmouth (picture) from 8-11 September. Further information at