MetSoc Scholarship Awards

MetSoc of CIM and its sections offer students scholarship awards.

These student scholarships can be submitted online by the student but require the documentation of the Faculty as requested (see descriptions).

The Student Scholarships & Prizes description page:

Hydrometallurgy Scholarships:

For students studying in the field of hydrometallurgy,  there are additional scholarships just for you available.  Visit the hydrometallurgy section website for more information and to submit your application at The hydrometallurgy scholarship application deadline is March 01, 2022

2022 Recipients


Doctoral Scholarship

Atefeh Azizitorghabeh, Queen’s University

Atefeh Azizitorghabeh is a Ph.D. candidate at the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining at Queen’s University, Canada. Atefeh completed her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Materials engineering and extractive metallurgy, respectively, from the University of Tehran. She has a background in the fields of solvent extraction and zero-waste process focused on selective metal recovery from secondary resources. Currently, at Queen’s, she is a member of the Hydrometallurgy and Environment group under the supervision of Dr. Ahmad Ghahreman; and her research focuses on developing a cost-effective technique with minimum toxicity for gold extraction from low-grade gold ore using microorganisms and an environmentally friendlier reagent. Aside from her main Ph.D. research, she is involved in another investigation about gold solvent extraction from thiosulfate solution using ionic liquids as safe and highly efficient reagents for metal purification. Recently she has contributed authorship (as a first author) on a chapter on methods and technologies for recycling batteries for a Springer handbook. Atefeh’s publications and conference papers are listed in her Google scholar account. She is an Ian Drum 2021 Scholarship recipient and Pickles family scholarship 2021. In her civic engagement, she is the marketing director at Queen’s GMCA; and is responsible for its social media. Recently at QUIC international photo contest 2022, her photo was Instagram’s people’s choice winner.



Pyrometallurgy Scholarship

Golam Ismot Ara TaposheGolam Ismot Ara Taposhe, University of British Columbia

Golam Ismot Ara Taposhe is a Ph.D. candidate in the Materials Engineering department at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She is the recipient of the President’s Academic Excellence Initiative Ph.D. Award, Faculty of Applied Science, and International Tuition Award. She received a Master of Science in Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

She is working under the supervision of Dr. Leili Tafaghodikhajavi. Her research is focused on silicon refining by the metallurgical method. Her research interests also include thermodynamic and kinetic analysis of high-temperature refining processes. The findings of her research will lead to the development of a less energy-intensive process for producing solar grade silicon. This research will contribute to the scientific and technical aspects of the field and significantly advance the knowledge of the interactions in multi-phase systems involved in Si-producing solar grade silicon.

She attended COM 2019 (Topic- Silicon Refining via Simultaneous Solvent and Slag Refining) and COM 2020 (Silicon Refining by Simultaneous Slag Refining with CaO-Al2O3-SiO2-Na2O and Solvent Refining with Si-Fe Alloy). Her research findings were published in an invited paper in a special issue in the Journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (JOM, Topic- Removal of Phosphorus from Si-Fe Alloy by CaO-Al2O3-SiO2-Na2O Slag Refining). Outside of school, she enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking. Her long-term goal is to conduct pyrometallurgy research to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.



Sustainability Scholarship

Fariborz Faraji, Queen’s University

Fariborz is a PhD candidate at the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining at Queen’s University. Fariborz has a multidisciplinary background in the fields of materials and metallurgy, mining and resource management, chemistry, and biochemistry. At Queen’s in the Environmental and Hydrometallurgy group, his research focus is on the development of sustainable processes for metal production. Application of bacteria for gold recovery from low-grade resources, recycling of metals from electronic waste and spent lithium-ion batteries, valorisation of mineralogical waste, copper recovery from refractory resources by using ozonation and ultrasound, application of ionic liquids as safe and highly efficient reagents for metal purification, and synthesizing and utilization of deep eutectic solvents for metal recovery are some examples of Fariborz diverse research activities. All the activities are reflected in Fariborz board list of publications and presentations. In addition to the MetSoc 2022 Sustainability Scholarship Award, Fariborz has won other prestigious awards as well. MetSoc Student Doctoral Scholarship Award in 2021, Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS), and Gordon Bell Fellowship in Transformative Mining are examples of the top aspired awards offered in Canada, the province of Ontario, and the department of mining.



METSOC is a constituent society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).
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