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Award Descriptions

The following awards are given out annually as part of the  Aquaculture & Fisheries, and Biology (AFB) conference.

You can view the most recent winners, or see winners from previous years. To be considered for an award, please visit the conferences and events page for details on how to register for upcoming conferences.

 

Science Atlantic Communication Award (Aquaculture & Fisheries)

The Science Atlantic Communication Award is offered at each of the annual Science Atlantic-sponsored student conferences. The prize is awarded to the student who is best able to communicate a science topic to his or her peers. The award may be split into two prizes (one for an oral and one for a poster presentation) at the discretion of the judging committee.

The award consists of a letter of commendation, a cash prize and the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Atlantic Student Research Journal (ASRJ) team to write and publish an article about the winner’s research.

Note on the ASRJ editorial process: The Science Atlantic team will connect the winner with the Editor-in-Chief at the ASRJ. One of the ASRJ team members will work with the winner and direct them along the article creation process. Articles typically include an introduction of the researcher and their field of study, a description of the research and a discussion relating to the importance of the research. Once the article has been approved it will be added to the ASRJ queue for publication. Once added, it can take between two weeks and two months to be published, depending on the current rate of article production.

Judging

Each conference organizing committee determines the judging committee membership. Some committees involve students, some have a ballot vote of all conference attendees, and some are professors in the discipline.

The judging committee has the right to not give an award in any competition. If there are fewer than three students eligible to compete for this award at any conference, the award may not be disbursed. The decision of the judges is final.

Award (writing opportunity) sponsored by

the Atlantic Student Research Journal

 
 
The Atlantic Student Research Journal (ASRJ) is a student-led initiative working to facilitate knowledge translation and develop the student-scientist network. Primarily, the ASRJ works with researchers and students to communicate their research, increase awareness and provide additional opportunity for student involvement. It also maintains a researcher directory, job board, and the Opportunity Centre. The ASRJ aims to inspire and support students and local researchers to develop the research ecosystem in Atlantic Canada.

Science Atlantic Undergraduate Research Award (Aquaculture & Fisheries)

Formerly called the NSERC Representatives’ Undergraduate Student Award, from 2004 to 2012.

This award is presented to the student (or students) giving the best research presentation(s) at an annual Science Atlantic conference.  A total of $400 is available for each conference.

The Award

The Award consists of a cash prize and a letter of commendation and can be split into oral and poster presentation prizes.

Criteria

  • Abstract – Statement of problem, objectives, principal findings
  • Presentation – Clarity, visual aids, organization
  • Scientific merit – Experimental design, innovative approach, and interpretation of data
  • Overall knowledge and response to questions
  • Demonstrated potential to pursue graduate studies and research

Aquaculture & Fisheries Best Presentation Award

This award is presented annually based on the assessment of a judging panel as part of the Aquaculture & Fisheries stream, at the annual Science Atlantic (formerly APICS) Aquaculture & Fisheries and Biology Conference. First, second, and third place awards are given.

Biology Awards

The following awards are given out annually at the Atlantic Universities Biology Conference (AUBC), which occurs during the Aquaculture & Fisheries, and Biology (AFB) Conference.

You can view the most recent winners, or see winners from previous years.

To be considered for an award, please visit the conferences and events page for details on how to register for upcoming conferences.

Science Atlantic Communication Award (Biology)

The Science Atlantic Communication Award is offered at each of the annual Science Atlantic-sponsored student conferences. The prize is awarded to the student who is best able to communicate a science topic to his or her peers. The award may be split into two prizes (one for an oral and one for a poster presentation) at the discretion of the judging committee.

The award consists of a letter of commendation, a cash prize and the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Atlantic Student Research Journal (ASRJ) team to write and publish an article about the winner’s research.

Note on the ASRJ editorial process: The Science Atlantic team will connect the winner with the Editor-in-Chief at the ASRJ. One of the ASRJ team members will work with the winner and direct them along the article creation process. Articles typically include an introduction of the researcher and their field of study, a description of the research and a discussion relating to the importance of the research. Once the article has been approved it will be added to the ASRJ queue for publication. Once added, it can take between two weeks and two months to be published, depending on the current rate of article production.

Judging

Each conference organizing committee determines the judging committee membership. Some committees involve students, some have a ballot vote of all conference attendees, and some are professors in the discipline.

The judging committee has the right to not give an award in any competition. If there are fewer than three students eligible to compete for this award at any conference, the award may not be disbursed. The decision of the judges is final.

 

Award (writing opportunity) sponsored by

the Atlantic Student Research Journal

 
 
The Atlantic Student Research Journal (ASRJ) is a student-led initiative working to facilitate knowledge translation and develop the student-scientist network. Primarily, the ASRJ works with researchers and students to communicate their research, increase awareness and provide additional opportunity for student involvement. It also maintains a researcher directory, job board, and the Opportunity Centre. The ASRJ aims to inspire and support students and local researchers to develop the research ecosystem in Atlantic Canada.

Science Atlantic Undergraduate Research Award (Biology)

Formerly called the NSERC Representatives’ Undergraduate Student Award, from 2004 to 2012.

This award is presented to the student (or students) giving the best research presentation(s) at an annual Science Atlantic conference.  A total of $400 is available for each conference.

The Award

The Award consists of a cash prize and a letter of commendation and can be split into oral and poster presentation prizes.

Criteria

  • Abstract – Statement of problem, objectives, principal findings
  • Presentation – Clarity, visual aids, organization
  • Scientific merit – Experimental design, innovative approach, and interpretation of data
  • Overall knowledge and response to questions
  • Demonstrated potential to pursue graduate studies and research

Biology Best Poster Award

 

This annual award is given based on the assessment of a judging panel at the Biology stream of the annual Science Atlantic (formerly APICS) Aquaculture & Fisheries and Biology Conference.

Biology Best Presentation Award

 

This award is provided annually based on the assessment of a judging panel at the annual Science Atlantic (Formerly APICS) Undergraduate Biology Conference.

The Botany Award

 

The Botany Award is presented annually for the top undergraduate presentation (oral or poster) at the Annual Science Atlantic Undergraduate Biology Conference.

The Canadian Botanical Association/L’association botanique du Canada Undergraduate Student Regional Awards Program offers an award of $200.00 at the annual undergraduate Biology conferences in each of the five regions of Canada: Atlantic region, Québec, Ontario, Prairies and Territories, and British Columbia.

The prizes are awarded for the best presentation by an undergraduate student in the discipline of botany. Some regions, including the Atlantic Region through the Science Atlantic Biology Committee, split the prize into two separate awards: one for the best oral presentation, and one for the best poster.

The purpose of this recognition is to encourage undergraduate students to pursue graduate research in botany and to enhance the visibility of the Canadian Botanical Association. If no presentation in botany is scheduled in any given year, the money returns to the Association. Students cannot apply directly to the CBA/ABC for these awards.

Judging

The award will be made following a procedure determined by the Science Atlantic Biology Committee.

In any year, if there is no suitable candidate, the judging committee reserves the right to not give the award.

The decision of the judges is final.

Criteria

The winner must be enrolled full time at a college/university in Atlantic Canada.

The winner should be an undergraduate biology major; special allowances will be made for undergraduate students pursuing a double major, of which biology is a major focus, or another closely related field working on a project that has relevance to biology.

Sponsor

This award is sponsored by the Canadian Botanical Association/L’association botanique du Canada. The CBA/ABC serves as the national organization for botanists in Canada, including professional botanists at universities, colleges, schools, government and industry as well as students, technicians and amateurs. The association represents Canadian Botany and botanists in matters of local, national and international importance.

For more information, please visit the CBA/ABC website.

ChemCon Awards

The following awards are given out annually at ChemCon.

You can view the most recent winners, or see winners from previous years.

To be considered for an award, please visit the conferences and events page for details on how to register for upcoming conferences.

Science Atlantic Communication Award (ChemCon)

The Science Atlantic Communication Award is offered at each of the annual Science Atlantic-sponsored student conferences. The prize is awarded to the student who is best able to communicate a science topic to his or her peers. The award may be split into two prizes (one for an oral and one for a poster presentation) at the discretion of the judging committee.

The award consists of a letter of commendation, a cash prize and the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Atlantic Student Research Journal (ASRJ) team to write and publish an article about the winner’s research.

Note on the ASRJ editorial process: The Science Atlantic team will connect the winner with the Editor-in-Chief at the ASRJ. One of the ASRJ team members will work with the winner and direct them along the article creation process. Articles typically include an introduction of the researcher and their field of study, a description of the research and a discussion relating to the importance of the research. Once the article has been approved it will be added to the ASRJ queue for publication. Once added, it can take between two weeks and two months to be published, depending on the current rate of article production.

Judging

Each conference organizing committee determines the judging committee membership. Some committees involve students, some have a ballot vote of all conference attendees, and some are professors in the discipline.

The judging committee has the right to not give an award in any competition. If there are fewer than three students eligible to compete for this award at any conference, the award may not be disbursed. The decision of the judges is final.

 

Award (writing opportunity) sponsored by

the Atlantic Student Research Journal

 

 

The Atlantic Student Research Journal (ASRJ) is a student-led initiative working to facilitate knowledge translation and develop the student-scientist network. Primarily, the ASRJ works with researchers and students to communicate their research, increase awareness and provide additional opportunity for student involvement. It also maintains a researcher directory, job board, and the Opportunity Centre. The ASRJ aims to inspire and support students and local researchers to develop the research ecosystem in Atlantic Canada.

Science Atlantic Undergraduate Research Award (ChemCon)

Formerly called the NSERC Representatives’ Undergraduate Student Award, from 2004 to 2012.

This award is presented to the student (or students) giving the best research presentation(s) at an annual Science Atlantic conference.  A total of $400 is available for each conference.

The Award

The Award consists of a cash prize and a letter of commendation and can be split into oral and poster presentation prizes.

Criteria

  • Abstract – Statement of problem, objectives, principal findings
  • Presentation – Clarity, visual aids, organization
  • Scientific merit – Experimental design, innovative approach, and interpretation of data
  • Overall knowledge and response to questions
  • Demonstrated potential to pursue graduate studies and research

Canadian Association of Theoretical Chemists  (CATC) Award

The Canadian Association of Theoretical Chemists  (CATC) Award in Theoretical Chemistry is presented each year at the three national undergraduate chemistry conferences for top student presentations related to computational and/or theoretical chemistry.

Judging

Judging for these awards is completed by chemistry professors from the host institution,  including a current CATC member whenever possible. The decision of the judges is final.

The Award

Prizes are awarded to the top oral and poster presenters, to a maximum of $500 total, as well as a letter of commendation. By accepting the prize, the winner(s) agree(s) to have his or her name, presentation title, and abstract provided to the donor.

Sponsor

For over 30 years, the Canadian Association of Theoretical Chemists (CATC) has represented the interests of both academic staff at Canadian universities and permanent staff in national laboratories whose focus is in computational and theoretical chemistry.

Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) Awards

A number of divisions of the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) sponsors awards at ChemCon each year. Up to six divisions participate in any given year, providing prizes for the best undergraduate presentation (oral or poster) in the following areas:

  • Physical, Theoretical, or Computational Chemistry
  • Biological/Medicinal Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

Judging

Judging for these awards is completed by chemistry professors from the host institution, with assistance from visiting chemists.

The Award

Each CIC Award consists of a letter of commendation and a cash prize.

Sponsor

Through its three constituent societies—the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC), the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE), and the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology (CSCT)—the Chemical Institute of Canada is committed to advancing the chemical sciences and engineering. Funding for each award is received from the chair of that division (CIC chair list). The chairs change every year for most subject divisions. If the list at the above link is not updated, the previous chair will most likely direct you to the current chair.

E. Gordon Young Award

The E. Gordon Young Award for Best Pedagogical Graduate Presentation (oral or poster) is given annually at the Science Atlantic Chemistry Conference (ChemCon). In the event that there is no suitable graduate student presentation in this area, the award will be given for a presentation made by an undergraduate student. The objectives of the award are to honour the memory of E. Gordon Young and to recognize an outstanding young chemist for his or her teaching and instructional abilities.

Judging

The Award will be made following a procedure determined by the Science Atlantic Chemistry Committee. In any year, 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

The award is a $500 cash prize. By accepting the prize, the winner agrees to have his or her name, presentation title, and abstract provided to the donor.

About Dr. Young

Eldrid Gordon Young (1897-1976) was an internationally recognized scientist and scholar and the first Canadian to hold the title of biochemist. In 1924, Dr. Young moved to Atlantic Canada to lead the new Department of Biochemistry at Dalhousie University. In 1950, he stepped down to become the founding director of the Atlantic Regional Laboratory of the National Research Council, serving until his retirement in 1962. Dr. Young was recognized as an accomplished lecturer as well as an influential researcher. His professional honours include fellowships in the Royal Society of Canada, the Chemical Institute of Canada, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In addition to his presidency of CIC in 1959-60, Dr. Young sat on the board of numerous science associations and committees during his career. For more information, please see his biography.

Sponsor

The E. Gordon Young Award is sponsored by the CIC Chemical Education Fund through a bequest by Dr. Young.

Murray Brooker Award in Chemistry

First awarded in 2001

The Murray Brooker Award promotes undergraduate participation at chemistry conferences across Canada. The award recognizes presentations (both oral and poster) that focus on the student’s undergraduate educational experience in chemistry, chemical engineering, chemical technology or chemical technician studies. Presentations about the undergraduate experience made by graduate students in the first year of their program are also eligible for the award.

Judging

Judging for the award is done by a panel selected by the conference organizing committee. In any year, if there is no suitable candidate, the judging committee has the right to not give an award. The decision of the judges is final.

Picture of Murray

The Award

The award is a $500 cash prize. A total of six prizes are awarded annually at various regional undergraduate chemistry conferences across Canada. By accepting the prize, the winner agrees to have his or her name, home address, and educational institution provided to the Chemical Education Division of CIC.

Sponsor

This award is sponsored by the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC). The CIC is a professional association of chemists, chemical engineers and chemical technologists who are employed in, or associated with industry, academia, government and other organizations across Canada and the world. The award is administered by the CIC Chemical Education Division. Conference organizers may contact Gale Thirlwall, Awards and Local Sections Manager of the CIC National Office for more information.

About Murray Brooker

Murray H. Brooker, FCIC, was a professor of chemistry at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador (MUN) from 1972 until his death in 2000. Originally trained as a high school teacher, Dr. Brooker had a long term interest and involvement with science education and promotion, including visiting local high schools to give Chemistry Magic Shows and serving as chair of the Chemical Education Division for the Canadian Society for Chemistry from 1992-94.

Dr. Brooker was recognized for his teaching and research contributions through a wide variety of awards and honours, including the Union Carbide Award, Canada’s most prestigious award for chemical education, and the City of St. John’s Admiral’s Award for Tourism for his role as chair of the highly successful 1996 Canadian Chemical Conference, which attracted over 1000 national and international scientists. Dr. Brooker was an internationally recognized expert in the application of Raman spectroscopy to the study of molten salts and solutes in aqueous solutions with over 100 refereed publications and was appointed to three visiting professorships in Europe, at the Technical University of Denmark, the Université Bordeaux in France, and the University of Heidelberg in Germany.

In addition to the CIC’s Murray Brooker Award in Chemistry, a memorial scholarship, The Murray Brooker Scholarship for Excellence in Chemistry, was established at MUN in honour of his contributions to chemical education.

Computer Science Awards

The following awards are given out annually at the Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science (MSCS) Conference. Please note, only one communication award is given out at the conference, so the winner may be in either the Mathematics & Statistics stream, or the Computer Science stream. 

You can view the most recent winners, or see winners from previous years.

To be considered for an award, please visit the conferences and events page for details on how to register for upcoming conferences.

 

Science Atlantic Communication Award (Computer Science)

The Science Atlantic Communication Award is offered at each of the annual Science Atlantic-sponsored student conferences. The prize is awarded to the student who is best able to communicate a science topic to his or her peers. The award may be split into two prizes (one for an oral and one for a poster presentation) at the discretion of the judging committee.

The award consists of a letter of commendation, a cash prize and the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Atlantic Student Research Journal (ASRJ) team to write and publish an article about the winner’s research.

Note on the ASRJ editorial process: The Science Atlantic team will connect the winner with the Editor-in-Chief at the ASRJ. One of the ASRJ team members will work with the winner and direct them along the article creation process. Articles typically include an introduction of the researcher and their field of study, a description of the research and a discussion relating to the importance of the research. Once the article has been approved it will be added to the ASRJ queue for publication. Once added, it can take between two weeks and two months to be published, depending on the current rate of article production.

Judging

Each conference organizing committee determines the judging committee membership. Some committees involve students, some have a ballot vote of all conference attendees, and some are professors in the discipline.

The judging committee has the right to not give an award in any competition. If there are fewer than three students eligible to compete for this award at any conference, the award may not be disbursed. The decision of the judges is final

Award (writing opportunity) sponsored by

the Atlantic Student Research Journal

 

 

The Atlantic Student Research Journal (ASRJ) is a student-led initiative working to facilitate knowledge translation and develop the student-scientist network. Primarily, the ASRJ works with researchers and students to communicate their research, increase awareness and provide additional opportunity for student involvement. It also maintains a researcher directory, job board, and the Opportunity Centre. The ASRJ aims to inspire and support students and local researchers to develop the research ecosystem in Atlantic Canada.

Science Atlantic Undergraduate Research Award (Computer Science)

Formerly called the NSERC Representatives’ Undergraduate Student Award, from 2004 to 2012.

This award is presented to the student (or students) giving the best research presentation(s) at an annual Science Atlantic conference.  A total of $400 is available for each conference.

The Award

The Award consists of a cash prize and a letter of commendation and can be split into oral and poster presentation prizes.

Criteria

  • Abstract – Statement of problem, objectives, principal findings
  • Presentation – Clarity, visual aids, organization
  • Scientific merit – Experimental design, innovative approach, and interpretation of data
  • Overall knowledge and response to questions
  • Demonstrated potential to pursue graduate studies and research

Atlantic Canadian Programming Contest Awards

A highlight of the annual Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science conference is the “Atlantic Canadian Programming Contest” programming competition. Teams of up to three students have five hours to analyze problems, design solutions and write computer programs to solve as many of the given problems as quickly as possible.

Until 2019, this competition was part of the world-wide Intercollegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) and known as the Atlantic Canadian Preliminary Contest Award.  Though it is now separate, the contest is designed to help university teams prepare to compete in the ICPC.

Past programming problem sets are available for practice.

Winning team members each receive a cash prize and letter of commendation.

Earth Science | AUGC Awards

The following awards are given out annually at the Atlantic Universities Geoscience Conference (AUGC).

You can view the most recent winners, or see winners from previous years.

To be considered for an award, please visit the conferences and events page for details on how to register for upcoming conferences.

Science Atlantic Best Paper Award

The Science Atlantic Presentation and Communication Award is given for the best overall student paper on any geoscience topic presented orally at the annual AUGC (Atlantic Universities Geoscience Conference).

Judging

The award is judged primarily on the basis of the scientific quality of the topic, the amount of original work done by the student, and his/her understanding of the subject.

Evaluation criteria include:

  • Abstract – Clear statement of problem, objectives, principal findings
  • Presentation – Clarity, visual aids, organization
  • Scientific merit – Experimental design, innovative approach, and interpretation of data
  • Understanding – Overall knowledge and response to questions

The award will be judged by a panel of at least 3 qualified judges with diverse geoscience expertise as described under judging above.

The Award

The award consists of a monetary prize ($500 in 2015) and letter of commendation for the presenter, as well as a plaque which resides at the winner’s university for one year, after which the winner’s university is responsible for bringing the plaque to the next annual conference. The award is usually presented by a representative of the Science Atlantic Earth Science Committee at the annual banquet of the AUGC.

Sponsor Information

This award (previously known from 2004-2012 as the APICS-NSERC Award) is the AUGC version of the Science Atlantic Undergraduate Research Award and Communication Award offered at all Science Atlantic-sponsored conferences.  The Communication part of the award is sponsored by Canadian Science Publishing. A separate Communication Award is not offered at AUGC.

Imperial Oil Best Poster Award

The Imperial Oil Best Poster Award is given to the student presenting the best overall student poster on any topic at the annual AUGC.

Judging

The award is judged primarily on the basis of the scientific quality of the topic, the amount of original work done by the student, and his/her understanding of the subject.

Evaluation criteria include:

  • Abstract – Clear statement of problem, objectives, principal findings
  • Poster design – Clarity, organization, visual appeal
  • Scientific merit – Experimental design, innovative approach, and interpretation of data
  • Understanding – Overall knowledge and response to questions


The award will be judged by a panel of at least 3 qualified judges with diverse geoscience expertise as described under judging above.  When a representative of Imperial Oil is present, he/she will take the lead in judging this award.

The Award

The award consists of a monetary prize for the student presenter.

Sponsor Information

This award has been sponsored by Imperial Oil since 2007.  Imperial Oil recognizes that business success depends on the economic, social and environmental health of the communities where they operate and views community investment not simply as a responsibility but as an essential component in building a strong society. Imperial Oil gives back to local communities through financial contributions, in-kind donations and volunteer efforts and supports scientific research with a number of awards and sponsorship.

Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG) Award

The Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists Award is awarded annually for the best presentation of a petroleum geology-related paper at the annual AUGC.  If the winner of the Science Atlantic Best Paper Award gave a petroleum geology-based presentation, then the CSPG award will go to the petroleum geology-based paper judged to be next best.

Judging

The award will be judged by a panel of at least 3 qualified judges with diverse geoscience expertise as described under judging above.  When a CSPG representative is present, he/she will take the lead in judging for the award.

The Award

A plaque is presented to the winner at the AUGC banquet as well as a monetary prize ($500 in 2015), preferably by a CSPG member or representative. The plaque will reside at the winner’s university until the next AUGC, when the winner’s university is responsible for bringing the plaque to the next conference.

Sponsor

This award is sponsored by the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists. Founded in 1927, the mission of the Society is to advance the professions of the energy geosciences – as it applies to geology; foster the scientific, technical learning and professional development of its members; and promote the awareness of the profession to industry and the public.

Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG) Award

Established in 2008, the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG) award is given to the student who presents the best overall geophysics paper at the AUGC conference. It is typically awarded for an oral presentation, however, poster presentations are also eligible. Geophysics is a diverse discipline with many different areas of study, and this award could be awarded to any student whose work falls under this broad category.

Judging

Students will be evaluated on the scientific merit of their work, their general understanding of the material covered and their ability to effectively communicate this to the judges. This award will be judged by the panel of judges chosen by the conference organizers. Ideally one of these judges should have a geophysics background. The CSEG will typically send representatives to attend the conference so if a geophysics judge cannot be found locally then one of these representatives may be asked to judge. The award may not be presented if the judges and the CSEG representatives determine that no presentation fulfills the spirt of the award.

The Award

The award consists of a monetary prize ($500 in 2015) for the student presenter, as well as a plaque which resides at the winner’s university for one year, after which the winner’s university is responsible for bringing the plaque to the next annual conference. The award is usually presented by CSEG’s representative at the annual banquet of the AUGC. The monetary prize of $500 comes from the funds ($4,500 in 2015), the CSEG commits to the conference.  It is a responsibility of the school that hosts the conference to prepare and distribute a cheque for the winning presenter.

Sponsor Information

The Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists began in 1949 at around the time of the petroleum production boom of the Leduc and Redwater discoveries. As a result of these significant discoveries, there was a need for increased knowledge, skill and professional attributes in the field of geophysics. Today, the CSEG is a thriving organization. CSEG’s mandate is to promote the science of geophysics among its members, especially as it applies to exploration, and to promote fellowship and co-operation among those persons interested in geophysical prospecting.

The Frank S. Shea Memorial Award

The Frank S. Shea Memorial Award honours the student making the best presentation regarding an aspect of or with implications for economic or applied geology. If the winner of the Science Atlantic Best Paper Award gives an economic or applied geology presentation, then the Shea Award will go to the economic or applied geology presentation judged to be next best.

About Frank Shea

During some 27 years, Frank Shea was engaged in mineral resources exploration and development activities in the Atlantic region. For more than 10 years he served as Chief Geologist and division director of the Mineral Resources and Geological Services Division in the former Nova Scotia Department of Mines.

Frank graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 1954 with a BSc in geology. He continued his studies at Dalhousie University, receiving his Master’s degree in 1958. Frank had a great love for his native province and promoted its welfare by assisting mineral exploration and research projects whenever and wherever he could. He was a strong supporter of educational programs in geology such as the geology field school at Crystal Cliffs near Antigonish and prospector training.

Judging

Student papers are reviewed and judged for content in economic or applied geology or implications for economic/applied geology by a panel of practicing geologists.  For practical purposes, this will be done the same panel of judges as evaluates the other awards.  If there are no papers on economic or applied geology deemed worthy during the annual AUGC, the award may not be given.

The Award

The award consists of a cheque ($500 in 2015) for the winning student and a $100 cheque for the geoscience club that the student represents.

Sponsor

The Frank Shea Memorial Award is sponsored by the Mining Society of Nova Scotia. Organized in the 1890s to promote the mineral industry, to share technical knowledge and to encourage fellowship, this Society was one of the founding members of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (CIM), the premier mining organization in Canada. The Society is pleased to support this award honouring a student, the contributions of Frank Shea, and the economic impact of geology on the Canadian economy.

Atlantic Geoscience Society (AGS) Environmental Geoscience Award

The Atlantic Geoscience Society (AGS) Award was established in 2015 by the Atlantic Geoscience Society to recognize the best project (talk or poster) at the annual AUGC involving a significant component of environmental geoscience.

Judging

Student papers are reviewed and judged for content in environmental geoscience or implications for environmental geoscience by the same panel of judges as evaluates the other awards.

The Award

The award consists of a monetary prize ($100 in 2015) to the winning student and a plaque that will reside at that student’s university until the next AUGC.

Sponsor

The Atlantic Geoscience Society exists to promote a better and wider understanding of the geology of Atlantic Canada, both to its members and to the public. An entirely volunteer association, the AGS brings together earth scientists from universities, government institutions, the environmental, mining, and petroleum industries, and consultants in the Atlantic provinces.

Environment Awards

The following awards are given out annually at the Atlantic Universities Geoscience Conference (AUGC).

You can view the most recent winners, or see winners from previous years.

To be considered for an award, please visit the conferences and events page for details on how to register for upcoming conferences.

Science Atlantic Communication Award (Environment)

The Science Atlantic Communication Award is offered at each of the annual Science Atlantic-sponsored student conferences. The prize is awarded to the student who is best able to communicate a science topic to his or her peers. The award may be split into two prizes (one for an oral and one for a poster presentation) at the discretion of the judging committee.

The award consists of a letter of commendation, a cash prize and the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Atlantic Student Research Journal (ASRJ) team to write and publish an article about the winner’s research.

Note on the ASRJ editorial process: The Science Atlantic team will connect the winner with the Editor-in-Chief at the ASRJ. One of the ASRJ team members will work with the winner and direct them along the article creation process. Articles typically include an introduction of the researcher and their field of study, a description of the research and a discussion relating to the importance of the research. Once the article has been approved it will be added to the ASRJ queue for publication. Once added, it can take between two weeks and two months to be published, depending on the current rate of article production.

Judging

Each conference organizing committee determines the judging committee membership. Some committees involve students, some have a ballot vote of all conference attendees, and some are professors in the discipline.

The judging committee has the right to not give an award in any competition. If there are fewer than three students eligible to compete for this award at any conference, the award may not be disbursed. The decision of the judges is final.

Award (writing opportunity) sponsored by
the Atlantic Student Research Journal

 

The Atlantic Student Research Journal (ASRJ) is a student-led initiative working to facilitate knowledge translation and develop the student-scientist network. Primarily, the ASRJ works with researchers and students to communicate their research, increase awareness and provide additional opportunity for student involvement. It also maintains a researcher directory, job board, and the Opportunity Centre. The ASRJ aims to inspire and support students and local researchers to develop the research ecosystem in Atlantic Canada.

Science Atlantic Undergraduate Research Award (Environment)

Formerly called the NSERC Representatives’ Undergraduate Student Award, from 2004 to 2012.

This award is presented to the student (or students) giving the best research presentation(s) at an annual Science Atlantic conference.  A total of $400 is available for each conference.

The Award

The Award consists of a cash prize and a letter of commendation and can be split into oral and poster presentation prizes.

Criteria

  • Abstract – Statement of problem, objectives, principal findings
  • Presentation – Clarity, visual aids, organization
  • Scientific merit – Experimental design, innovative approach, and interpretation of data
  • Overall knowledge and response to questions
  • Demonstrated potential to pursue graduate studies and research

Acadian Award

The Acadian Award is awarded annually at the Science Atlantic Environment Conference for the best oral or poster presentation of undergraduate student research relating to the flora or fauna of the Acadian Forest region. For the purpose of this award, student research on Boreal Forest in Newfoundland and Labrador will be eligible as there is a large overlap of species.

Judging

Each Award will be decided by a majority vote of the judging committee (determined annually at each conference). In the event that there is no undergraduate presentation which meets the criteria it can be awarded for a graduate presentation. 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

The Award is $250. By accepting the prize, the winner agrees to have his or her name, presentation title, and abstract provided to Science Atlantic and the sponsor.

 

Mathematics & Statistics Awards

The following awards are given out annually at the Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science (MSCS) Conference. Please note, only one communication award is given out at the conference, so the winner may be in either the Mathematics & Statistics stream, or the Computer Science stream. 

You can view the most recent winners, or see winners from previous years.

To be considered for an award, please visit the conferences and events page for details on how to register for upcoming conferences.

Science Atlantic Communication Award (Mathematics & Statistics)

The Science Atlantic Communication Award is offered at each of the annual Science Atlantic-sponsored student conferences. The prize is awarded to the student who is best able to communicate a science topic to his or her peers. The award may be split into two prizes (one for an oral and one for a poster presentation) at the discretion of the judging committee.

The award consists of a letter of commendation, a cash prize and the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Atlantic Student Research Journal (ASRJ) team to write and publish an article about the winner’s research.

Note on the ASRJ editorial process: The Science Atlantic team will connect the winner with the Editor-in-Chief at the ASRJ. One of the ASRJ team members will work with the winner and direct them along the article creation process. Articles typically include an introduction of the researcher and their field of study, a description of the research and a discussion relating to the importance of the research. Once the article has been approved it will be added to the ASRJ queue for publication. Once added, it can take between two weeks and two months to be published, depending on the current rate of article production.

Judging

Each conference organizing committee determines the judging committee membership. Some committees involve students, some have a ballot vote of all conference attendees, and some are professors in the discipline.

The judging committee has the right to not give an award in any competition. If there are fewer than three students eligible to compete for this award at any conference, the award may not be disbursed. The decision of the judges is final.

Award (writing opportunity) sponsored by
the Atlantic Student Research Journal

 

The Atlantic Student Research Journal (ASRJ) is a student-led initiative working to facilitate knowledge translation and develop the student-scientist network. Primarily, the ASRJ works with researchers and students to communicate their research, increase awareness and provide additional opportunity for student involvement. It also maintains a researcher directory, job board, and the Opportunity Centre. The ASRJ aims to inspire and support students and local researchers to develop the research ecosystem in Atlantic Canada.

Science Atlantic Undergraduate Research Award (Mathematics & Statistics)

Formerly called the NSERC Representatives’ Undergraduate Student Award, from 2004 to 2012.

This award is presented to the student (or students) giving the best research presentation(s) at an annual Science Atlantic conference.  A total of $400 is available for each conference.

The Award

The Award consists of a cash prize and a letter of commendation and can be split into oral and poster presentation prizes.

Criteria

  • Abstract – Statement of problem, objectives, principal findings
  • Presentation – Clarity, visual aids, organization
  • Scientific merit – Experimental design, innovative approach, and interpretation of data
  • Overall knowledge and response to questions
  • Demonstrated potential to pursue graduate studies and research

Science Atlantic Mathematics Problem Solving Competition Awards

Each year, the Science Atlantic Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science conference opens on Friday with a problem solving competition. Teams of two compete, with no notes, calculators, computers, cellphones, etc. Detailed guidelines and past problem sets can be viewed on the competition page. Winning team members each receive a cash prize and letter of commendation.

Nutrition and Foods Awards

The following awards are given out annually at the Atlantic Universities Geoscience Conference (AUGC).

You can view the most recent winners, or see winners from previous years.

To be considered for an award, please visit the conferences and events page for details on how to register for upcoming conferences.

Science Atlantic Communication Award (Nutrition and Foods)

The Science Atlantic Communication Award is offered at each of the annual Science Atlantic-sponsored student conferences. The prize is awarded to the student who is best able to communicate a science topic to his or her peers. The award may be split into two prizes (one for an oral and one for a poster presentation) at the discretion of the judging committee.

The award consists of a letter of commendation, a cash prize and the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Atlantic Student Research Journal (ASRJ) team to write and publish an article about the winner’s research.

Note on the ASRJ editorial process: The Science Atlantic team will connect the winner with the Editor-in-Chief at the ASRJ. One of the ASRJ team members will work with the winner and direct them along the article creation process. Articles typically include an introduction of the researcher and their field of study, a description of the research and a discussion relating to the importance of the research. Once the article has been approved it will be added to the ASRJ queue for publication. Once added, it can take between two weeks and two months to be published, depending on the current rate of article production.

Judging

Each conference organizing committee determines the judging committee membership. Some committees involve students, some have a ballot vote of all conference attendees, and some are professors in the discipline.

The judging committee has the right to not give an award in any competition. If there are fewer than three students eligible to compete for this award at any conference, the award may not be disbursed. The decision of the judges is final.

Award (writing opportunity) sponsored by
the Atlantic Student Research Journal

 

The Atlantic Student Research Journal (ASRJ) is a student-led initiative working to facilitate knowledge translation and develop the student-scientist network. Primarily, the ASRJ works with researchers and students to communicate their research, increase awareness and provide additional opportunity for student involvement. It also maintains a researcher directory, job board, and the Opportunity Centre. The ASRJ aims to inspire and support students and local researchers to develop the research ecosystem in Atlantic Canada.

Science Atlantic Undergraduate Research Award (Nutrition and Foods)

Formerly called the NSERC Representatives’ Undergraduate Student Award, from 2004 to 2012.

This award is presented to the student (or students) giving the best research presentation(s) at an annual Science Atlantic conference.  A total of $400 is available for each conference.

The Award

The Award consists of a cash prize and a letter of commendation and can be split into oral and poster presentation prizes.

Criteria

  • Abstract – Statement of problem, objectives, principal findings
  • Presentation – Clarity, visual aids, organization
  • Scientific merit – Experimental design, innovative approach, and interpretation of data
  • Overall knowledge and response to questions
  • Demonstrated potential to pursue graduate studies and research

Science Atlantic Graduate Research Award

These awards are presented to graduate students who have demonstrated outstanding research and presentation skills. The research must significantly advance the discipline of food science or nutrition. The contribution may be applied or fundamental in nature, and must advance science or improve human condition. The awards consist of a cash prize and a letter of commendation. Both oral and poster presentations are eligible. Both oral and poster presentations are eligible.

Eligibility Criteria:
• Abstract (statement of problem, objective, and principal findings)
• Presentation (clarity, visual aids, and organization)
• Scientific merit (experimental design, innovative approach, and interpretation of the data)
• Overall knowledge and response to questions
• Demonstrate potential to pursue graduate studies and research

Physics & Astronomy (AUPAC) Awards

The following awards are given out annually at the Atlantic Undergraduate Physics & Astronomy Conference (AUPAC).

You can view the most recent winners, or see winners from previous years.

To be considered for an award, please visit the conferences and events page for details on how to register for upcoming conferences.

Science Atlantic Communication Award (Physics & Astronomy)

The Science Atlantic Communication Award is offered at each of the annual Science Atlantic-sponsored student conferences. The prize is awarded to the student who is best able to communicate a science topic to his or her peers. The award may be split into two prizes (one for an oral and one for a poster presentation) at the discretion of the judging committee.

The award consists of a letter of commendation, a cash prize and the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Atlantic Student Research Journal (ASRJ) team to write and publish an article about the winner’s research.

Note on the ASRJ editorial process: The Science Atlantic team will connect the winner with the Editor-in-Chief at the ASRJ. One of the ASRJ team members will work with the winner and direct them along the article creation process. Articles typically include an introduction of the researcher and their field of study, a description of the research and a discussion relating to the importance of the research. Once the article has been approved it will be added to the ASRJ queue for publication. Once added, it can take between two weeks and two months to be published, depending on the current rate of article production.

Judging

Each conference organizing committee determines the judging committee membership. Some committees involve students, some have a ballot vote of all conference attendees, and some are professors in the discipline.

The judging committee has the right to not give an award in any competition. If there are fewer than three students eligible to compete for this award at any conference, the award may not be disbursed. The decision of the judges is final.

Award (writing opportunity) sponsored by
the Atlantic Student Research Journal

 

The Atlantic Student Research Journal (ASRJ) is a student-led initiative working to facilitate knowledge translation and develop the student-scientist network. Primarily, the ASRJ works with researchers and students to communicate their research, increase awareness and provide additional opportunity for student involvement. It also maintains a researcher directory, job board, and the Opportunity Centre. The ASRJ aims to inspire and support students and local researchers to develop the research ecosystem in Atlantic Canada.

The Tindall/Steinitz Award in Research

The Tindall/Steinitz Award is the top prize given at the annual Atlantic Undergraduate 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

Sponsor

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.

Psychology Conference Awards

The following awards are given out annually at the Psychology Conference (Psych).

You can view the most recent winners, or see winners from previous years.

To be considered for an award, please visit the conferences and events page for details on how to register for upcoming conferences.

Science Atlantic Communication Award (Psychology)

The Science Atlantic Communication Award is offered at each of the annual Science Atlantic-sponsored student conferences. The prize is awarded to the student who is best able to communicate a science topic to his or her peers. The award may be split into two prizes (one for an oral and one for a poster presentation) at the discretion of the judging committee.

The award consists of a letter of commendation, a cash prize and the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Atlantic Student Research Journal (ASRJ) team to write and publish an article about the winner’s research.

Note on the ASRJ editorial process: The Science Atlantic team will connect the winner with the Editor-in-Chief at the ASRJ. One of the ASRJ team members will work with the winner and direct them along the article creation process. Articles typically include an introduction of the researcher and their field of study, a description of the research and a discussion relating to the importance of the research. Once the article has been approved it will be added to the ASRJ queue for publication. Once added, it can take between two weeks and two months to be published, depending on the current rate of article production.

Judging

Each conference organizing committee determines the judging committee membership. Some committees involve students, some have a ballot vote of all conference attendees, and some are professors in the discipline.

The judging committee has the right to not give an award in any competition. If there are fewer than three students eligible to compete for this award at any conference, the award may not be disbursed. The decision of the judges is final.

Award (writing opportunity) sponsored by
the Atlantic Student Research Journal

 

The Atlantic Student Research Journal (ASRJ) is a student-led initiative working to facilitate knowledge translation and develop the student-scientist network. Primarily, the ASRJ works with researchers and students to communicate their research, increase awareness and provide additional opportunity for student involvement. It also maintains a researcher directory, job board, and the Opportunity Centre. The ASRJ aims to inspire and support students and local researchers to develop the research ecosystem in Atlantic Canada.

Science Atlantic Undergraduate Research Award

Formerly called the NSERC Representatives’ Undergraduate Student Award, from 2004 to 2012.

This award is presented to the student (or students) giving the best research presentation(s) at an annual Science Atlantic conference.  A total of $400 is available for each conference.

The Award

The Award consists of a cash prize and a letter of commendation and can be split into oral and poster presentation prizes.

Criteria

  • Abstract – Statement of problem, objectives, principal findings
  • Presentation – Clarity, visual aids, organization
  • Scientific merit – Experimental design, innovative approach, and interpretation of data
  • Overall knowledge and response to questions
  • Demonstrated potential to pursue graduate studies and research 

The Karen Nicholson Award in Neuropsychology

Presented at the Annual Science Atlantic Psychology Student Conference First presented in May 2008

The Karen Nicholson Award in Neuropsychology is presented annually for the best Neuropsychology undergraduate presentation (oral or poster) at the Science Atlantic Psychology Conference. Preference will be given to presentations dealing with human neuropsychology.

Karen

Judging

The Award will be made following a procedure determined by the Science Atlantic Psychology Committee.

In any year, 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

The award is a $100 cash prize which is presented at the conference. By accepting the prize, the winner agrees to have his or her name, presentation title, and abstract provided to the donor.

Sponsor

This award is sponsored by an anonymous donor.

About Karen Nicholson

Karen Nicholson (1971-2007) was a member of the Science Atlantic Psychology Committee whose research interest was in the neuropsychology of perception. Karen grew up in Lethbridge, Alberta where she received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Lethbridge. She then completed her Master’s degree in Psychology with Dr. Doreen Kimura at the University of Western Ontario (UWO), followed by doctoral studies of the types of cues (shape, colour) that impact perception, supervised by Dr. Keith Humphrey, also at UWO.

Karen’s interest in the neuropsychology of perception was furthered during her postdoctoral work with Kevin Munhall at Queen’s University. She carried on to her own lab at Mount Allison University in 2002, where she was hired as an Assistant Professor. Karen passed away in November 2007, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Karen will be remembered as a committed teacher and a talented and energetic researcher.