Pengrowth and the Government of Nova Scotia are helping graduate students advance their energy-related research with the Energy Innovation Grant.
Natasha Morrison of Sydney, a master’s student in earth science at Dalhousie University in Halifax, is this year’s recipient of the $10,000 grant. It is awarded each year to a master’s level student with research focused on the energy industry.
“This grant gives master’s students the opportunity to make a difference in one of the fastest growing sectors in Nova Scotia,” said Energy Minister Andrew Younger. “We know Ms. Morrison will make us proud and we look forward to see her energy sector research develop.”
Ms. Morrison will begin her master’s program by specializing in petroleum geoscience. Her research will focus on the geochemistry and source rock potential of the Scotian Basin, a topic which the Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia has deemed of the highest priority.
“The Energy Innovation Grant is an incredible funding opportunity for master’s students to pursue new avenues of energy-related research,” said Ms. Morrison. “This grant will allow me to complete further geochemical analysis and data modelling to help better understand the source rocks in offshore Nova Scotia.”
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the grant. Since 2005, Pengrowth Management Limited, Pengrowth Energy Corporation and the government have helped graduate students begin their master’s program in either business, engineering, environmental science or earth science at a Nova Scotia university. Students taking a master’s program in an energy-related field are encouraged to apply for the grant.
“Like every other year, Pengrowth is thrilled to be working with the province to provide financial assistance to the future leaders in energy,” said Jim MacDonald, director of Pengrowth’s East Coast Operations. “This year is especially significant because this is the 10th year that the grant has been offered.”
Pengrowth Energy Corporation is a dividend paying intermediate Canadian oil and natural gas producer, headquartered in Calgary.