The following awards are given out annually at the Atlantic Universities Geoscience Conference (AUGC).
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
Canadian Science Publishing
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
K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre Award
The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre 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.
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 is $250 (and a K.C. Irving Centre hat when available).
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 K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre is a place where nature and people meet and collaborate. Three labs and specialized climate change greenhouses provide Science students and faculty with a world class research facility. Student art displays, performance recitals and debates in the Garden Room provide the Arts with a brilliant space. Auditorium, Seminar and Acadia rooms provide spaces for group projects and where Professional Studies can meet and teach. The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens is open to 365 days a year and has been since September 14 2002. Students, friends and visitors are welcome anytime.