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

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

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

Travel Award

Two travel awards ($500) are available for trainees registered for the Science Atlantic Nutrition Conference.

In order to be eligible for a travel award, applicants should be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student from one of the institutions participating in Science Atlantic Nutrition Conference. Applicants must have submitted an abstract. Late applications will not be considered.
Eligible expenses include travel and accommodation. Travel expenses can be claimed for gas mileage $0.37 per km or bus, train, ferry or airfare (economy class) or their combination. The accommodation cost cannot exceed the rate of $114 per night (plus tax). The cost of taxi, tolls, bridges are eligible as well. The reimbursed cost of travel cannot exceed the travel award.

The application for travel award must include the following components:

  • A two-page CV/ resume
  • The abstract
  • Reference letter from supervisor or faculty from sponsoring institution
  • 500 word cover letter explaining why attending the conference is important to you