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

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 (ASJR) team to write and publish an article about the winner’s research.

Note on the ASJR 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.


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 (cash prize) sponsored by
Science Atlantic

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

The Atlantic Student Research Journal (ASJR) 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.


  • 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.


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.


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.



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.