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MetSoc Undergraduate Scholarship

THE CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR IS OPEN for 2024. The deadline is February 12, 2024

The purpose of the MetSoc Undergraduate Student Scholarship is to encourage and support the attainment of educational goals by students who have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement at a Canadian university.

2024 Recipient

Rebecca Randall

Queen's University

Rebecca Randall has just completed her third year at the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining at Queen’s Engineering in the mineral processing stream. She is currently completing a 12-month work term at Kinross Gold, spending time between the Toronto Office, where she completed a 4-month internship last summer, and Fort Knox Alaska, working on the Manh Choh commissioning. Rebecca is an active member of extracurriculars at Queen’s where she held the position of Vice-President of the Queen’s Mining Society and Co-Chair of the Queen’s Conference on Business and Mining this past academic year. She has also supported organizations such as MetSoc and the Queen’s Engineering Society and was a member of the 2024 Queen’s Canadian Mining Games Team. Rebecca is passionate about pursuing a career in Mineral Processing, especially at a time when the Mining industry is supporting and encouraging young minds to strive for change. She looks forward to her career and hopes to combine innovation and ambition to make an impact in the industry.

Scholarship Terms

The value of the scholarship is a single payment of $2,000. The award recipient is also eligible for a $500 travel grant to the Annual Conference of Metallurgists to receive their award, so long as the distance is above 500KM.  No single individual should hold more than one scholarship award within MetSoc including its Technical sections in a given year. One award shall be made each year. However, the Award Committee may decide not to make an award if a suitable recipient is not identified. The amount of the award is reviewed annually by the Board of Directors of MetSoc.

Pyrometallurgy Student Award – In Honor Of Professor Toguri


This scholarship is intended for an outstanding final year full-time undergraduate student currently enrolled in materials science (engineering)/metallurgy/mining department, or a closely related discipline such as mechanical or chemical engineering, at a Canadian institute, with a demonstrated interest and activity in the fields of materials/metallurgical/mining engineering.

Recipient’s Obligation

The scholarship shall be presented at the Conference of Metallurgists. At that time, the recipient may be requested to speak on a subject of major interest to him/her in the field of metallurgy.

Application packages must be submitted by the student using the online award system. Application packages are limited to the documents requested only. Additional documents will not be weighted into the score of the candidate.

Each application must include:

  1. One letter of recommendation from the faculty member addressing the selection criteria relative to the field of study in metallurgical or materials research. It should answer the question: “Why do you wish to single out this student for the award?” The letter should also indicate the expected completion date of the candidate’s degree program.
  2. A written letter by the student of why he/she meets the criteria of the award by describing the following:
    1. A brief  Plan of Work including immediate research goals and career goals
    2. Their research and academic excellence and potential
    3. Their demonstrated impact and initiative ​
    4. Any community service and/or extra-curricular activities.
  3.  A curriculum vitae for the student, listing publications and work experience, as well as the month and the year at which all university degrees were started or completed.
  4. A transcript

The adjudication of the award shall be made by the Awards Committee of The Metallurgy and Materials Society of CIM. In making its determination, the MetSoc Awards Committee will consider the research and academic excellence and/ or potential of the nominee and select based on demonstrated achievement and potential for significant contributions to the field. The Awards Committee will use a weighted numeric scale on these four criteria:

  • Research excellence /potential
  • Academic Excellence
  • Demonstrated impact and initiative ​
    • Examples could include: organizing student events, serving on the executive of MetSoc student chapter, leading social media activities for department/team, member of the design team
  • Community service/extra-curricular activities

The percentage of the scale will vary based on the type of scholarship with more emphasis on academic excellence for undergraduates.

Every year MetSoc honours three students in three different categories; Undergraduate, Master’s, and Doctoral. The students receive awards at the Annual Conference of Metallurgists (COM). In addition to the awards, MetSoc also supports the students to attend the conference.

  • Conference registration is free for the award recipients.
  • Accommodation during the conference duration is provided to the recipients by MetSoc at one of the conference hotels.
  • Travel costs are subsidized by MetSoc based on the student travel distance. In general, students traveling East-West will receive approximately $800 and those traveling within central Canada (Ontario/Quebec) will receive approximately $500. No travel receipts will be required as the amount will be paid as a stipend, not a reimbursement. Therefore, the student recipients can allocate this fund to travel costs or meal costs, at their discretion. However, the amount may vary as it depends on the yearly student travel budget and is at the discretion of the executive manager/student service chair.
  • The student recipients will also receive a complimentary ticket for the award banquet.


The scholarship application program is closed for 2024.