Charlie Roots Honours Project Fund in Earth Sciences

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Triple Your Donation: Gifts will be matched by the university though the Collaborate Campaign. In addition, we have $100,000 of matching funding from a generous estate donation.

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.


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

We wish to honour Dr. Charles Frederick Roots (1956-2016), 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.


Our target is to establish a large endowment. The annual interest generated will support costs of research for honours students working in the field and laboratory. The university will match gifts.


Students will have enriched opportunities to carry out cutting-edge research during their honours research projects. 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: Mistalyn Seguin, Senior Development Officer, at 613-520-2600, ext. 1052,; or, Sharon Carr, Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, at 613-520-2600, ext. 4417,


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