Senior earth sciences student Lori Paslawski has won a distinguished award at the regional Atlantic Geoscience Society conference, a faculty and student event drawing industry and academics from across the Atlantic provinces.
Ms. Paslawski of Beaverlodge, AB won the Rob Raeside Award for Best Undergraduate Student Poster for her presentation, ”Boron concentrations in spodumene-hosted fluid inclusions from the Tanco pegmatite, Manitoba.”
In her research, Ms. Paslawski determined the chemical composition of tiny fluid bubbles trapped inside crystals. These inclusions are like time capsules because they trap small amounts of the original fluid from which the rocks crystallized.
With the fluid compositional information, she was able to unwind some of the crystallization history for the particular rocks with which she was working.
“It was a fantastic opportunity to share my research with academic and industry professionals, as well as fellow students,” Ms. Paslawski says on the conference.
“Being a presenter gave me a lot more confidence when talking to professionals because I felt that I had something to contribute to the conversation. It was overall a great experience.”
After graduation in May, Ms. Paslawski will head off for a career as a geoscientist. She is enthusiastic about her career, and says the field was not even initially on her radar as a student.
“I never thought that I wanted to be a scientist when I started at StFX,” she says. “In my second year, I took my first geology class just for fun, and completely fell in love with it, so I switched into science. I have been really inspired by the professors here in the earth sciences department, they have been so helpful and supportive, particularly Alan Anderson who supervised this research project. Getting to know my professors and being involved in research projects with them has definitely helped me confirm my chosen path.”