Sponsored by the Canadian Council of University Chemistry Chairs (CCUCC)

The CCUCC Chemistry Doctoral Award is presented to recognize outstanding achievement and potential in research by a graduate student whose PhD thesis in chemistry was formally accepted by a Canadian university in the 12–month period preceding the nomination deadline.

View the Terms of Reference and list of Past Winners

The 2020 winner of the CCUCC Chemistry Doctoral Award is:

Kathleen E. Prosser, MCIC
University of California

Originally from Quispamsis NB, Kathleen (Kate) Prosser completed her undergraduate degree at Mount Allison University, conducting research with Steve Westcott looking at novel hydroboration reagents. Kate then went on to pursue her doctorate at Simon Fraser University. There she worked with Charles Walsby on spectroscopic tools for the evaluation of copper complexes for anticancer applications. Her doctoral work was supported by both an Alexander Graham Bell Graduate Scholarship and a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. In addition to her research, recognized with the 2019 Award for Graduate Work in Inorganic Chemistry by the CSC Inorganic Division, she is extensively involved in the women in STEM community. Kate is currently an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California San Diego where she is researching metalloenzyme inhibitor design in the lab of Seth Cohen. 

Past Winners

2019

Soren K. Mellerup

Institut für Anorganische Chemie, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
Society: CSC
For research carried out at Queen's University under advisor Suning Wang
2018

John Thompson

Gilead Sciences Inc.
Society: CSC
For research carried out at Simon Fraser University under advisor Daniel Leznoff, FCIC
2017

Cristina Mottillo

McGill University
Society: CSC
For research carried out at McGill University under advisor Tomislav Friščić
2016

Stephen Winter

Physikalisches Institut, Goethe-Universität
Society: CSC
For research carried out at University of Waterloo under advisor Richard Oakley
2015

Mita Dasog

California Institute of Technology
Society: CSC
For research carried out at University of Alberta under advisor Jonathan Veinot.
2014

Gabriel Ménard

Harvard University
Society: CSC
For research carried out at University of Toronto under advisor Douglas Stephan.
2013

Zachary M. Hudson

University of Bristol
Society: CSC
For research carried out at Queen’s University under advisor Suning Wang