The TRCR supports BC post-secondary student participation at the Mine Reclamation Symposium through scholarship opportunities, and volunteer positions. Students can apply to be volunteers to assist at the conference, submit a paper or poster, and/or apply for the Jake McDonald Memorial Scholarship. Each year there is also a reduced rate available for students; this rate is generally available to the first ten students who register.


We are all students of mine reclamation

In honour of Jake McDonald, former Senior Reclamation Inspector in the then, British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, the TRCR offers a total of $2,000 in scholarships to students registered at a university (undergraduate or graduate) or college in the province of British Columbia. Jake McDonald was largely responsible for the formation of the Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation. This committee significantly improved government – industry – academic communications in the areas of environmental protection and reclamation in mining, as well as recently through the work of various provincial and national mining, aggregate and mineral exploration Associations.

To attend the Symposium there are many opportunities: students can apply to be volunteers and assist at the conference, students can co-chair a session, submit a paper and give a presentation (or poster), students can apply for the Jake McDonald Memorial Scholarship and students are welcome to just come and attend the Symposium at a reduced rate.

FAQ’s for students is attached here describing where to apply for scholarships and how to attend the annual Symposia: TRCR Student Information Sheet 2024

Note that every student application is due on June 1st. Annual winners are depicted on the Annual scholarship award winners page and previous recipients here: Previous scholarship award winners.

In the scholarship application, students must include a one-to-two-page letter to the scholarship committee outlining their interest in reclamation, past experience in this field (classes, work experience, projects) and career goals, and a copy of a recent transcript. Applications for the scholarship must be received by June 1, 2024 and should be sent to Wendy Gardner, Chair of the Scholarship Sub-Committee – at

Student Volunteers

To apply to be a student volunteer, students need to submit a letter outlining their current program of study, their interest in reclamation, and how attending the Symposium will benefit them. A letter of support from a faculty member in their program of study also needs to be included. Applications must be received by June 1, 2024 and should be sent to Wendy Gardner, Chair of the Scholarship Sub-Committee – at

Student Poster Session

Student are invited to submit poster to be displayed during a poster session at the conference. Students are expected to bring their poster and be present during the poster session. There are opportunities for discounted student registration fees and priority will be given to students presenting posters. Posters can be landscape or portrait but must meet the following dimensions: 91.44 cm (36 inches) and 106.68 cm (42 inches). To participate in the poster session student must submit an abstract by June 1, 2024 to Wendy Gardner, Chair of the Scholarship Sub-Committee – at