Fieldwork Regional Awards

Fieldwork Based Research Awards for Undergraduate Students

CSPG is excited to announce our new award for field-based research by undergraduate students at Canadian universities. Note that these are Awards for the submitted results of the fieldwork they are not grants made in advance of the fieldwork. The first submissions would be due by March 31st 2020 and the winners of the awards would be recognised at the 2020 Geoconvention in May 2020. Thereafter the awards will be made annually.

Fieldwork Eligibility Criteria

The work must be based on at least five days of fieldwork undertaken individually or as a group of up to four students with minimal supervisory support. This could be work undertaken as part of:
• a field school
• an undergraduate thesis project
• an internship project with a company or
government entity
• as a field assistant to a research project

This could also include logging of core and other similar activities that involve working directly with rocks; the intention is to exclude pure laboratory studies. Emphasis must be on observations and the derived interpretations. Laboratory work should only be included where critical to support fieldwork conclusions.
Any geoscience topic can be submitted for this award including:
• unconsolidated deposits
• sedimentary geology
• stratigraphy
• paleontology
• igneous and metamorphic terranes
• mineral deposits
• environmental geology
• structural geology

For any questions about topic eligibility contact the Chair of the Fieldwork Awards Committee,

How to Submit

Submission deadline is 31 March of the year following the year in which the fieldwork was undertaken. The deadline for the first awards is 31 March 2020.

Each university can make one submission following their internal review process. Winners will be notified by email two weeks after the submission date (15 April). Submissions must be a 4 page summary in the style of a CSPG Reservoir Magazine article.*

The summary will present the data, analysis, and conclusions of the fieldwork project.

For submissions in French please, if possible, also supply an English translation.

Email a pdf to including the name and contact details for the corresponding author(s). Each submission must also include a statement of support from the Head of your University department.

Reservoir Magazine Format Information:

  • Articles should be submitted in electronic format in Microsoft Word in Arial 9-point font and single-spaced. Spell out all units of measure and acronyms. 

  • Photos and graphics are welcome and will be included if space allows. Use .tiff images at 300 dpi, 100% size. Coloured images are preferred. Please submit them as attachments instead of in the body of the email. All images and graphics must include a caption and if necessary credit for photographer

  • Word Count for Fieldwork Research submissions - 2500-3000 words with 4+ images/figures. 

  ​Sample Article