2021 Riddell Undergraduate Thesis Prize
Riddell Undergraduate Awards
The Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources offers an annual prize of $1,000 to the undergraduate student who submits the best undergraduate thesis!
Congratulations to Luc Le Léannec who has been recommended for the 2021 Undergraduate Thesis Prize for his thesis titled “Apatite as a petrogenetic indicator in the Fen carbonatite complex, southern Norway”! Le Léannec is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences – Geology (Honours) degree and was also the recipient of the 2021 Philip and Marjorie Eckman Scholarship and the GAC-MAC Winnipeg Undergraduate Scholarship.
Le Léannec developed an interest in minerals that contain elements used for renewable forms of energy and advanced technologies and intends to continue his studies in rare-earth elements and their deposits.
Finishing his Honours thesis has been Le Léannec’s proudest moment, and he cherishes the networking and mentorship between faculty members and students that was very common in the Earth Science program. Le Léannec notes that his thesis advisor, Anton Chakhmouradian, has been a support throughout his degree but also names Karen Ferreira as a valued source of advice and mentorship, and Stefanie Brueckner who genuinely cares for each student’s success in her classes. Moreover, Le Léannec notes that he was provided with meaningful mentorship from Russel Hiebert, Paul Durkin, Nancy Chow and Jeff Young throughout his undergraduate studies.
Le Léannec also contributes his success to his life partner, Megan Chabluk, who supported him during the highs and lows of his degree and his dad, Hubert Le Léannec, whose encouragement was instrumental during his time at university.
Le Léannec’s advice to new students is “to ask questions often and form those connections with the faculty members, [as] they are the key to success during and after your degree.”
This is not the last we have heard of Le Léannec: “For those who don’t know me, I’m not going to stop. I’m happy to have graduated but there is still plenty of learning and work for me to do out there.”