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Emily Paige Short Pioneer Fund

This fund is available to provide financial assistance to students in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences who are seeking help with academic activities beyond the normal remit of their program of study (pioneering). This fund has been set-up using external donations.

How to apply

Applications should normally be in the broad area of petrology and related fields. Applications for this fund will be considered by the Head of Department. Successful applicants will have identified academic activities that provide valuable geological and petrological experience beyond that normally provided by their existing programme of study. Individual awards from this fund will normally be limited to £1000 or less.

Applicants should complete a form that can be obtained from the Head of Department (email:

Biography for Emily Paige Short

Emily studied BSc Geology at Birkbeck. She was born into a musical family in Rome, Italy, where she grew up in a cosmopolitan community speaking English and Italian. She graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2008, her final work being an installation in wood entitled, If you should see Fred, say 'Hello'. Her works also appeared in Berlin, Rome, Poznan (Poland), and Australia.

Emily then went on to study BSc Geology at Birkbeck, graduating with first class honours in 2014. Her passion for geology led her to participate in many activities that broadened her experience in geology and petrology, that were not within the normal remit of her program of study. For example, Emily participated in field-based volcanology summer schools on Kilauea, Hawaii and in Kamchatka, Russia, and also took short courses in micro-tectonics and high-grade metamorphism at the University of Mainz, Germany. She conducted her undergraduate Map and Thesis on a Greek island, and her thesis title was 'Brittle - ductile deformation and the onset of partial melting on Naxos Metamorphic Core Complex'.

An avid cyclist, Emily also raised money for those affected by geological processes when she cycled the circumference of Iceland alone in 2011, raising funds for survivors of the Haitian earthquake. For a great example of Emily's pioneering spirit, see