Where to find information about U of T’s response to COVID-19


The Department of Earth Sciences is following recommendations from the University regarding response to the COVID-19 situation.  The U of T website has the most up to date information clearly posted on a link on the main page:  https://www.utoronto.ca/

The Faculty of Arts and Science is sending email updates and has a COVID-19 FAQ page for students: https://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/covid19-artsci-student-faqs

The Department of Earth Sciences will be communicating information that is specific to Earth Sciences programs and activities by email when information becomes available.  Please check you email regularly.





Focusing on the Future Symposium – Saturday Feb 29, 2020 – an invitation to alumni and friends

Hello Alumni and Friends, 
I want to extend an invitation to the Focusing on the Future: Industry Panel 2020 on behalf of myself and Jessica Patterson. This panel has been a yearly tradition for the Women in Mining: University of Toronto Chapter. This year we are scaling it up to include panelists from Canada and Australia, who are specialized in multiple disciplines including geophysics, exploration geology, geochemistry and entrepreneurship. We are expecting a vibrant and interdisciplinary discussion about the future of the mining industry!
The event is happening on Saturday, February 29th, from 6 – 9 PM (the day before PDAC) at the Isabel Bader Theater (93 Charles Street W). Just 10 minutes away from the UofT Earth Science Department. The panel will begin at 6 PM, followed by a catered networking event.  
You can purchase an “Industry Professional” Ticket for $25 through our Eventbrite link: https://tinyurl.com/qrhlf4x
More information can be found on our event Facebook Page: https://tinyurl.com/uuxcnc3
We hope you can make it! 
Kind regards, 
Undergraduate Earth Science Association – Vice President 

Women in Mining: University of Toronto Chapter – Industry Liaison 


Undergraduate Student Job Opportunity – Junior Assistantship in Field-Based Structural Geology (2020-21): Call for Applications


     Together with a junior assistant (second-year or third-year undergraduate student), Professor W.M. (Fried) Schwerdtner expects to continue his field-based geological research in 2020–21. This is a call for applications for next year’s junior assistantship (application deadline: March 1, 2020). Please note that candidates for the assistantship must have a G2 or Full G Driver’s License valid in Ontario by May 23, 2020 – the earliest possible starting date of the geological field work.

     Because of budget uncertainties, the guaranteed minimum length of geological field work will be 3.5 weeks. In recent summers, however, assistants to Fried Schwerdtner have generally worked longer than four weeks in the field (Grenville Province of Ontario). The 2020 field season will start on a Saturday in late May and continue in June and possibly also in early July.

      During the subsequent university session (fall and spring terms of 2020–21), the junior assistant will have regular opportunities to participate in data processing, preparation of detailed geological drawings and charts, computer-based map making, and preliminary structural/tectonic interpretation (typically 1-3 hrs. per week), for which he/she will be paid by the hour. The weekly and hourly pay of the junior assistant will be determined in accordance with the 2020 salary formula for summer assistants of the Ontario Geological Survey.  This formula will be finalized by April, 2020, but may not differ markedly from that for 2019.

     For details about Schwerdtner’s research interests and those of his coworkers, please go to the websites of (i) the Department of Earth Sciences https://www.es.utoronto.ca, and (ii) the Canadian Tectonics Group (CTG), Geological Association of Canada http://www.canadiantectonicsgroup.ca, where you need to click on ‘field trips’ to read the Program-with-Abstracts and the Field Guide of the 2016 CTG Workshop (also known as Muskoka 2016).

     Please send further inquiries and/or your informal application, including a personal résumé, to fried.schwerdtner@utoronto.ca, prior to March 1, 2020.


W.M. (Fried) Schwerdtner

Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

Earth Sciences Centre, Room 2127

Office Tel. (416) 978-5080

Home Tel. (416) 284-6269


Focusing on the Future: Industry Panel 2020 is on Saturday Feb 29th – the day before PDAC. Mark your calendar!


Purchase Tickets:  $15 early bird student ticket today using the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/focusing-on-the-future-industry-panel-2020-tickets-74587775043

Purchasing an early bird ticket before January 13th will give you a chance to win one of four $500 scholarships, just for signing up! UofT students will also we entered into a draw to win one of six GeoTuls! 

Students from across Canada will hear industry professionals answer the tough and controversial questions about the future of industry practices. More information on the speakers and questions coming soon!

To find out more follow the event page on Facebook:


We are a PDAC affiliated event, and would like to thank our generous sponsors for their support: Kinross Gold, Nuclear Waste Management Ontario, Orix Geoscience and Osisko Mining. 

If you would like to find out more about Women in Mining: University of Toronto Chapter and what we do, check out our website: https://womeninmininguoft.wixsite.com/studentchapter

Thank you, 


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