Vancouver local section celebrates student achievements, 2017 Nobel Prizes

January 2018

On January 17, 2018 the Vancouver CIC Local Section partnered with the Faculty of Science at Simon Fraser University to present the CIC Student Achievement awards and host the well-attended annual Nobel Prize Lectures.

The event celebrated the 2017 Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, Physics, and Medicine or Physiology through three 20-minute presentations given by SFU faculty. Presentations included the “Discovery of Gravitational Waves” by Andrei Frolov, “Biological clocks: What makes them tick?” by Esther M. Verheyen, and “Macromolecules at near-atomic resolution” by Dr. Lisa Craig. The lectures were followed by an engaging discussion session on the achievements of the Nobel Prize winners.

As part of this event, the Vancouver CIC Local Section also presented the CIC Student Achievement Awards.

Winners of the Vancouver CIC Local Section's Student Achievement Awards

Winners of the 2018 Vancouver Student Achievement Awards: Samantha Loren (Capilano University), Kennedy Chen (Kwantlen Polytechnic University), Brigitta Sun (SFU), Daniel Driedger (University of the Fraser Valley), Dr. John P. Canal (Vancouver CIC Local Section Chair).

The Student Achievement Awards are given out by CIC Local Sections to the top second-year chemistry students attending a post-secondary school in their region, as well as to the top third-year students from SFU and The University of British Columbia. Award recipients from the University of the Fraser Valley, Simon Fraser University, Capilano University, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University attended the event to accept their well-earned award.

A complete list of award winners can be found at This award is supported by the Vancouver CIC Local Section and Powertech Labs. The Vancouver Section would like to acknowledge and thank Powertech Labs for its continuous financial support towards the Student Achievement Awards.