Overview

Thanks to generous donors, we have raised > $300,000 and established the Charlie Roots Honours Project Fund in Earth Sciences – now we are trying to increase the fund. Double-match your donation on Giving Tuesday through Carleton University’s matching funding and a generous estate donation.

Every year, in perpetuity, the Charlie Roots Fund will help fourth-year honours students gain advanced research experience. This includes support for field and/or laboratory work on such topics as: Arctic research; fossils and implications for evolution or paleogeography; resource geology; crystal growth, metamorphism and mountain building; igneous rocks as geochemical tracers of Earth’s history; early Earth and planetary geology; basin analysis; sea level changes; natural vs. human contamination; hydrogeology; and many other earth sciences and environmental topics.

The Background

Every class of undergraduate students engage in exciting research projects for their honours theses. We want to help support the students’ research costs.

By naming this endowment after Dr. Charles Frederick Roots (1956-2016), we honour a remarkable alumnus (MSc/82 PhD/88) who was an avid geologist, outdoorsman and all around scientist.

During Charlie’s 30-year career as a Research Scientist at the Geological Survey of Canada, mainly based in Whitehorse, he carried out geological fieldwork and produced technical maps, scientific reports, and public educational information. Charlie mentored and encouraged dozens of students and young geologists, enthusing them with his love for the northern landscape and his holistic approach to natural sciences. Many of the individuals that Charlie mentored have gone on to become outstanding and adventurous scientists, and it is in this spirit that we dedicate the Honours Project Fund in the name of Charlie Roots.

The Rollout

This fund will support costs of research for honours students working in the field and laboratory. We have established a $300,000 endowment. Our goal is to increase the principal by $15,000, which translates into research support for an additional student every year. On Giving Tuesday (December 3), Carleton University will be matching the first $500,000 in donations (up to $10,000 per donation), and an estate donation will also match gifts made. That means that your gift on Giving Tuesday will have double the impact!

The Impact

Students have enriched opportunities to carry out cutting-edge research during their honours research projects.  For the first time, students from the Honours class of 2020 were awarded a total of $12,000, from the Charlie Roots Fund; awards to eight student projects range from $700 to $2000. Because it is endowed, the Charlie Roots Honours Project Fund will exist in perpetuity and help many generations of young scientists.

For more information, please contact: Kylie Patrick, Senior Development Officer, at 613-520-2600, ext. 1230, kylie.patrick@carleton.ca; or, Sharon Carr, Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, at 613-520-2600, ext. 4417, sharon.carr@carleton.ca

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