A snap shot of the last 10 years - Celebrating 10 years - July 2013

As we celebrate our 10 years as a Faculty in July, 2013, we reflect on our accomplishments that were achieved in that time:

  • Over 800 undergraduate and over 200 graduate students earned their degrees from the Riddell Faculty since 2004.
  • Three graduates were the recipients of Governor Generals’ Medals:
    • Brent Else - Governor General’s Gold Medal - 2013 Ph.D. in Geography.
    • Prateep Kumar Nayak - Governor General’s Gold Medal - 2012 Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Management.
    • Alison Murata - Governor General’s Silver Medal - 2010 B. Env. Sc. (Hons.) Co-op.

  • There has been a 29% increase in enrolment in 1st year courses offered by the Riddell Faculty since its creation.
  • The Faculty has introduced Earth: A User’s Guide, a first-year course that gives students the information that they need to make balanced decisions when contemplating the split between wanting resources or caring about the environment. We have to understand where our resources come from, and the consequences of getting them. To date, more than 680 students have enrolled in the course.
  • Two Riddell co-operative education students were recipients of the University of Manitoba Cooperative Education Student Champion Award:
    • 2012 - Michelle Curry
    • 2013 - Marissa Borgford

  • In this past year, the cooperative education program in the Riddell Faculty has grown to provide over 75 work placements with more than 50 employers.
  • In 2008 Dr. Clayton H. Riddell was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
  • Dr. Frank Hawthorne was awarded the 2008 Killam Prize in Natural Sciences, 2009 Carnegie Mineralogical Award & the IMA Medal of the International Mineralogical Association, 2010 the Bancroft Medal of the Royal Society of Canada, 2012 the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2013 the Roebling Medal of the Mineralogical Society of America.
  • In 2010 Dr. Søren Rysgaard was announced as the University of Manitoba’s Canada Excellence Research Chair in Arctic Geomicrobiology and Climate Change.

  • The Riddell Endowment fund has awarded $27,000.00 in undergraduate admission scholarships and over $165,000.00 in graduate entrance scholarships to date.