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Julia Lane Foundation Creates Two New Awards for Students Pursuing Science to be Given Out by the Science Fair Foundation BC

January | 2022

Vancouver, BC - The Science Fair Foundation BC and the Julia Lane Foundation are pleased to announce two awards to be given out in memory of Julia Lane, who worked as a geoscientist in BC.

"Julia was a strong advocate of the Science Fair Foundation of BC and attributed much of her career success to the skills she acquired through presenting at science fairs. Her comfort with and ability to present complex scientific information to both expert and lay audiences in ways that were engaging and fun was legendary. Julia often expressed a desire to give back to the Science Fair Foundation. This partnership, award, and scholarship are part of fulfilling that dream,” said Lane’s husband Ryan Gandy.

Lane was working as a geoscientist when she lost her life in a small airplane accident in the Yukon in 2019. She was 33. The Julia Lane Foundation was created to continue Julia's passion to encourage and empower young professionals in the geological exploration industry. Its primary intent is to assist future generations in the pursuit of advanced education in earth sciences.

The Julia Lane Scholarship in the amount of $2400 will be awarded in June 2022 to a Grade 11 or 12 student with a passion for science and community. Each regional science fair will nominate one student to apply for the scholarship and the selection committee would love to see female candidates with projects relating to Geology or Earth and Environmental Sciences.

The Julia Lane Award in the amount of $200 will be awarded in each of the 13 regional science fairs throughout March and April to students with a passion for science and community and students will receive cash awards at their regional science fair.

The Julia Lane Foundation is also providing $10,000 towards Science Fair Foundation programming and operating expenses.

“We are so thankful that the Julia Lane Foundation chose to honour Julia by supporting young people pursuing science. What a beautiful way for her memory to live on,” said Science Fair Foundation BC’s Executive Director Madeleine Guenette.

About the Julia Lane Foundation:
The Julia Lane Foundation was created to continue Julia's passion to encourage and empower young professionals in the geological exploration industry. Its primary intent is to assist future generations in the pursuit of advanced education in earth sciences. Grants made by the foundation will primarily go towards helping students discover and pursue degrees in earth sciences or related programs.

About Julia Lane:
Julia was an energetic, enthusiastic, kind, and passionate individual who was an inspiration to many. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree in geology and was a Professional Geoscientist registered in British Columbia. She was the managing partner at Archer Cathro and vice president of exploration at ATAC Resources. Julia was born in Summerland and participated in Science Fairs throughout high school. In her senior year, she won the Gold medal at the Canadian Science Fair followed by a Bronze medal at the International Science Fair in Taiwan. She was a natural and humble leader who was excited to share her knowledge and encouraged others to excel. Julia died at age 33 in a small aircraft accident and is deeply missed by everyone that knew her. She is remembered for her kindness, energy, contagious enthusiasm, passion, and her ability to keep things fun.

About Science Fair Foundation BC:
The Science Fair Foundation of BC is the largest volunteer science outreach network in the province supporting science and technology education by inspiring curiosity through the Science Fair program. With over 1,500 science and technology educators and professionals volunteering as mentors, judges and science fair hosts; The Science Fair Foundation of BC’s Science Fair Program is recognized as one of the most successful in Canada.

Photo of Julia Lane, provided