Every year, our undergraduate students engage in exciting research projects for their honours theses. Gifts to this endowment will help fourth-year honours students gain advanced research experience. This includes 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. We want to help support the students’ research costs.

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

The annual interest generated from the fund will support costs of research for honours students working in the field and laboratory.

The Impact

Students have enriched opportunities to carry out cutting-edge research during their honours research projects. Last year, for the first time, Charlie Roots awards in support of research were made to students – a total of $9,000 was awarded to six students of the Honours Class of 2020. Because it is endowed, the Charlie Roots Honours Project Fund will exist in perpetuity and help many generations of young scientists.

For more information and to donate, 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 or donate directly through FutureFunder.

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