AUPAC Awards


The Tindall/Steinitz Award in Research

The Tindall/Steinitz Award is the top prize given at the annual Atlantic Universities Physics & Astronomy Conference (AUPAC), awarded to the undergraduate student giving the best research presentation. The Award is named in honour of two longstanding members of the Physics & Astronomy Committee.

Dr. David Tindall joined Dalhousie University’s Physics Department in the early 1970’s, where he did research on magnetic phenomena in solids. He is a dedicated teacher and was the department’s undergraduate advisor. David was Dalhousie’s representative to the APICS (later Science Atlantic) Physics and Astronomy Committee for over 25 years (1983 – 2011) and was a very effective Chair of the committee for many years. David has a deep interest in astronomy and is active in promoting astronomy, physics, and science in general to the general public.

Dr. Michael Steinitz has been a physics professor at St. Francis Xavier University since 1973. He cares deeply about students, especially encouraging female students, those from Africa, and those with barriers to learning. He strongly feels that Science Atlantic students can compete with the best in the world. He also believes strongly in an education that includes the arts, human rights, and justice. Michael has been a constant promoter of the wonders of physics to the general public.

The Award

The award consists of $400 and a letter of commendation. The award may be split between oral and poster presenters


This Award is the AUPAC version of the Science Atlantic Undergraduate Research Award offered at all Science Atlantic-sponsored conferences and is sponsored by the Science Atlantic Physics and Astronomy Committee.

ACEmat Award in Computational Modeling of Materials

(formerly the AIMMS Award)

The ACENET Institute for Materials Modeling and Simulation Award in Computational Modeling of Materials is presented at three Science Atlantic student conferences each year. The Award is given for the best undergraduate presentation (oral or poster) using computational methods to study systems of interest to materials science.

The three disciplines are:Acenet logo

Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science
Physics and Astronomy


Each Award will be made following a procedure determined by the relevant Science Atlantic Committee. At any conference, if there is no suitable candidate, the judging committee has the right to not give an award. The decision of the judges is final.

The Award

Each ACEmat Award is a $100 cash prize, which is announced at the conference. By accepting the prize, the winner agrees to have his or her name, presentation title, and abstract provided to Science Atlantic and the sponsor.


The ACENET Institute for Materials Modeling and Simulation (ACEmat) is dedicated to activities that support the materials modeling research community in Atlantic Canada. ACEmat is a cooperative effort with ACENET, the high performance computing consortium that provides computational facilities to university researchers in the Atlantic Provinces.