Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA) Student Research Travel Program has provided six Nova Scotia students the opportunity to build their international networks through travel to the USA, Ireland, and Bermuda to conduct their thesis research in the fields of marine renewable energy and offshore geosciences.
The February 2015 Student Research Travel Program award recipients are:
Dalhousie University in conjunction with Cape Breton University: Jordan Carlson, School for Resource and Environmental Studies, will be taking a tidal energy course at Queen’s University Belfast, Ireland and gain hands-on experience at Queen’s University’s small scale tidal energy lab and testing facility; Acadia University: Laura MacNeil and Krista Kroeninger, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, will be undertaking an Advanced Field School at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences focusing on sedimentology, oceanography and diagenesis of carbonate sediments and rocks in Bermuda; and Dalhousie University: Nathan Pidduck, Thomas Allen, and Devan Cowan, Department of Earth Sciences, will be undertaking an Advanced Field School in Southern Nevada and eastern California to develop expertise in structural geology, stratigraphy and geological mapping.
“The OERA Student Research Travel Program is a valuable asset that can offer students who are interested in building their international networks to conduct new and exciting research, or attend advanced field schools which has the potential to contribute to Nova Scotia’s offshore petroleum and emerging marine renewable energy sectors,” commented OERA Executive Director Stephen Dempsey.
The Student Research Travel Program was established on the basis of cultivating collaborations between Nova Scotia researchers and Canadian and international research facilities or laboratories which leads back to the advancement of Nova Scotia’s offshore energy sector. The program is open to full-time senior honours and graduate students enrolled at a Nova Scotia based university, who are conducting research in the areas of marine renewable energy or offshore geosciences.
OERA has two open calls a year at the end of February and October respectively.