Trio tapped for planetary prize

Western Geology/Planetary Science graduate students Tanya Harrison, Cassandra Marion and Annemarie Pickersgill have been named among 15 international winners of the sixth Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) Career Development Award.

The awards, given to graduate students who submitted a first-author abstract to the 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC), are based on a review of the application materials by a panel of planetary scientists.

“This is also a major coup for Western as never before have three awards been given to Canadian students and, as far as I can tell, never before have three awards been made to one institution period,” said Western professor Dr. Gordon ‘Oz’ Osinski, associate director of Western’s Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration. “My congratulations go out to Tanya, Cass and Annemarie, and to their co-supervisors, Livio Tornabene, Bob Linnen and Robbie Flemming, respectively.”

The 44th LPSC will be held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center in The Woodlands, Texas. Approximately 2,000 international participants are expected to gather for the annual meeting, which has gained the reputation of being the premiere gathering place for lunar and planetary scientists. The meeting provides an invaluable opportunity for students, not only to present their own research, but also to hear and see firsthand the latest-breaking results from other researchers in their field. Opportunities are also provided for students to meet and network with an international group of distinguished researchers.