The BC Institute of Agrologists is pleased to announce the two recipients of the 2020 scholarships. Trish Hanuszak, a full time student, pursuing her Master of Soil Science was awarded the BCIA graduate scholarship. Lauren Foote, a BCIA student member in her fourth year at Simon Fraser University was awarded the BCIA undergraduate scholarship.
Trish Hanuszak, AAg - Graduate Scholarship
Originally from the Okanagan Valley, Trish’s interest in soil science was ignited while living on a sheep and broad acre production farm in Australia. After returning from time abroad she undertook an associate of science degree at Okanagan College and then a BSc in Plant and Soil Science at UBC in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. Currently, Trish is in a master degree program at UBC with Dr. Sean Smukler in the Sustainable Agricultural Landscapes Lab. Her research looks at the effects of short-term grassland set-asides in Delta, B.C on soil nutrient dynamics. Trish actively participates in soil science education through teaching assistant positions as well as community outreach events. Trish is engaged in the Pacific Regional Society of Soil Science where she serves as the treasurer. Trish’s dream is a small secluded plot of land in a moderate climate with fertile loam soil and a creek that runs year-round.
Lauren Foote, BCIA Student, Undergraduate Scholarship
A long time outdoor enthusiast, Lauren always knew that she wanted a career with a focus on environmental sustainability. In line with this goal, she decided to pursue an environmentally focused degree and is currently completing the final semester of her BSc in Physical Geography at Simon Fraser University. Lauren enjoyed her time working as a research assistant in Dr. Margaret Schmidt’s Soil Lab and she currently volunteers with the Disability Foundation and the British Columbia Mobility Association, both of which aim to make the natural environment more accessible to people with disabilities. When Lauren has free time she enjoys hiking, backcountry camping, and collecting rocks