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

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.

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


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.