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