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Hydrometallurgy Lucy Rosato Undergraduate Scholarship

2023 Recipients

Jessica Rudd

Laurentian University

Jessica Rudd is a third-year Chemical Engineering student at Laurentian University, with a specialization in Extractive Metallurgy. She is currently on a co-op placement at Vale’s Port Colborne Refinery as a part of their Process Technology team. Jessica’s work there is primarily focused on a few projects within the Precious Metals side of the refinery. Gold, platinum group metals, silver, and more are produced there through hydrometallurgical processes. Jessica is also the current President of the Laurentian University CIM MetSoc Student Chapter and the Vice President of the Laurentian University Chemical Engineering Chapter (LUChEC). Through these student organizations, she has organized several social events and tours to different facilities in the mineral processing and metallurgy field. Jessica is also an advocate for diversity and inclusion in STEM disciplines, and is a member and volunteer for WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Sudbury. After she graduates, Jessica plans on pursuing graduate studies in hydrometallurgy research.

2022 – Audrey Scanlan, Carleton University and Julia Twinney, Queen’s University
2021 – Susanna Zhang, Queen’s University
2020 – Jasmine-Sophie Papineau-de Monitgny, Ecole Polytechnique
2019 – Ellie McLeod of the University of Victoria
2018 – Chenbo Xu of the University of Toronto
2017 – Sahar Ayaz of the University of Toronto
2016 – Emma Dodds of UBC
2015 – Caitlyn McKinley of Queen’s University
2014 – Shelby Pottle of Dalhousie University
2013 – Sarah Ingram of Queen’s University

Purpose of the Scholarship

Lucy Rosato (1953-2011) was an active member of the Hydrometallurgy Section of MetSoc and an innovator, a manager and a respected business leader who made significant contributions in the field of zinc and metallurgy. As a research scientist, she was active for 20 years in copper, silver and especially zinc hydrometallurgy. 

For her contributions to the field of hydrometallurgy, she received the Sherritt Hydrometallurgy Award in 1993, the only woman recipient in the award’s history to that date. Amongst her many technical achievements, she played a key role in the development and implementation of the Jarofix process which received the Xstrata Innovation Award in 2003. She authored numerous papers, co-authored several patents and chaired conferences in hydrometallurgy and electrochemistry. In the mid 1990’s Lucy Rosato became Technical Director of the CEZinc refinery, Valleyfield Quebec Canada and in 2002 became President and CEO of the Noranda Income Fund with direct responsibility for CEZinc. She became the first woman to be named General Manager of a Noranda metallurgical plant, and of any zinc plant world-wide. Her personal touch and sense of humour made her a unique and natural leader.

Lucy Rosato left an indelible mark in the minds and hearts of all those who were fortunate to have known and worked with her. In particular, she inspired and mentored other women to seek advancement in the challenging world of metallurgy.

Scholarship Terms

In memory of Lucy Rosato and as a tribute to her significant contributions, the Hydrometallurgy Section has established a one-year scholarship of $5,000 for a female 3rd or 4th year undergraduate student enrolled full-time in any science and/or engineering program at a Canadian university, who intends to work in the field of hydrometallurgy, mining, or environment. 

In addition to the cash award, we award one free registration for the conference at which we present the scholarship, plus free admission to the social events we sponsor at that conference.

Hydrometallurgy Lucy Rosato Undergraduate Scholarship


We encourage you to apply for this scholarship if you are a female who has: Passion for hydrometallurgy, mining or environment. Achievement in science and/or engineering relating to hydrometallurgy, mining or environment. Demonstrated community accomplishments.

The selection process is managed by the Hydrometallurgy Section’s Scholarships sub-committee, which reports to the Education Chair. No formal application forms are used. To apply, submit a written application in English or French, including the following documentation to the CIM MetSoc Hydrometallurgy Section Scholarship sub-committee:

  1. Student Statement – A brief (maximum 2 pages) statement explaining: Your career objectives in hydrometallurgy, mining or environment. Your educational objectives. How this scholarship would help you attain your objectives. Why you want to work in the field of hydrometallurgy, mining or environment. How you intend to maintain involvement with the hydrometallurgical industry or research community. Include relevant referees who can be contacted to support your application, should the sub-committee wish to do so.
  2. Student Résumé –  Indicate internships, work and/or co-op experience, academic courses and projects related to your area of study. Extracurricular activities should be highlighted as an important aspect of your application.
  3. Official Transcript –  Request and submit one original transcript to date from your school.
  4. Two Recommendation Letters –  The recommendation letters can be from faculty, employers, teachers, coaches, etc., with at least one written by a faculty member acquainted with your academic performance.
  5. Applicants of the Lucy Rosato Scholarships are automatically enrolled in the Hydrometallurgical Undergraduate Scholarships.

Submit your application

Email your application package to Georgios KolliopoulosChair of Student Support at:

Application deadline: March 01, 2024


The scholarship application program is closed for 2023.