Quest University Canada alumna Olenka Forde, class of 2013, has been awarded a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Alexander Graham Bell Doctoral Scholarship. It is the most prestigious scholarship for PhD candidates in Canada, awarding $105,000 for three years of research in natural sciences or engineering.
Olenka is currently completing her PhD in Hydrogeology at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. Her research examines the potential groundwater impacts in association with shale gas development. The objective is to characterize the mechanisms and geochemical impacts of fugitive methane gas migration through various field investigations and numerical modeling techniques. The results of one of her field projects were just published in Nature Geoscience, “Mobility and persistence of methane in groundwater in a controlled-release field experiment.”
The Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS D) Program provides financial support to outstanding eligible students pursuing doctoral studies in a Canadian university. The Government of Canada established these prestigious scholarships, to be awarded through national competitions by the granting agencies, to ensure a reliable supply of highly qualified personnel to meet the needs of Canada’s knowledge economy. Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholars will help renew faculty at Canadian universities and will be the research leaders of tomorrow.