Rockin’ Out at McGill

Eleanor Berryman, BSc’10, is out to rock the world of geology. She already established herself as a top student in McGill’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences by winning numerous scholarships, including the Dr. Richard and Carolina J. Walls Best in the West Scholarship in Earth and Planetary Sciences, awarded to exemplary second-year students.

And last year, thanks in large part to alumni donations, the aspiring young geologist and 24 classmates took part in a two-week excursion to Central America, where they toured mines, volcanoes and outcrops to learn about the Earth’s history, and its future. Among the sites visited were a carbonate reef in Belize, the active volcano Pacaya near Guatemala City, and the Mayan archaeological site of Tikal in the Peten Jungle.

“It was a defining moment of my degree,” Eleanor says. “We learn a lot of theory in the classroom and look at lots of images on slideshows, but this trip gave me the opportunity to see geological features that we could not have seen anywhere in Canada.”

The experience whetted Eleanor’s appetite for research, and she looks forward to starting her master’s degree at McGill this fall.

“Science is about understanding our environment and how it works, and geology lets me do this without limiting myself to one core discipline."