New deep mining technology and mapping systems for future gold finds are among the projects to benefit from $565,000 in scholarships awarded as part of a million-dollar State Government-backed research program.
Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion today congratulated 10 outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate students with scholarships funded through the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA).
"This is part of the Government's overall commitment to science," Mr Marmion said.
"Good science means more jobs and a smarter State, and our MRIWA investment has Western Australia well-placed to engage with national and international research.
"With four of the five postgraduate scholarship winners coming to Perth from overseas, there's no doubt WA is a global resource industry research and development centre."
The Minister said the research could lead to more efficient mining and new mineral discoveries, plus increased technology exports.
"This State already produces more than half of the world's mining software, which is a prime example of what I call "˜mining our knowledge economy for future growth'," he said.
"By next year, the MRIWA will have invested almost $1.3 million in scholarships, promoting innovative projects with great potential benefits for WA."
The State Government and industry have invested more the $50 million towards MRIWA-endorsed research
The Odwyn Jones Awards are named after Professor Odwyn Jones - a tireless WA advocate for mining education programs and student engagement
2015 scholarship and award winners below
Minister's office - 6552 6800
2015 scholarship and award winners
2015 PhD Director's Scholarship ($120,000 over three years)
2015 PhD Scholarships ($90,000 each over three years):
Ashley Uren (UWA): Whole-lithosphere architecture and its controlling influence on basin evolution and mineral systems in the Capricorn Orogeny of Western Australia
Stefano Caruso (UWA): Mapping sulphur sources in selected Precambrian terranes of Western Australia to enhance predictive targeting for gold and base metal mineralisation
Cameron Adams (UWA): An investigation of the relationship between positive magnetic anomalies and nickel-sulphide deposits, Kambalda, Western Australia
Siwei Chen (Curtin University): The calculation of evolution of rock fracture under the action of multiple field coupling
2015 Odwyn Jones Award ($5,000)
Amber Balfour-Cunningham (UWA)
Yihao Fu (Curtin University)
Chris Gilbertson (Murdoch University)
Kate Grogan (Murdoch University)
Ian Wilkins (Murdoch University)
Best thesis from a 2014 Odwyn Jones Award ($3,000)