Each of the CIC societies administers student awards and competitions to recognize the outstanding contributions by students at all levels at Canadian universities and colleges.

Consult the Student Awards Handbook for:

  • Complete terms of reference.
  • Eligibility criteria.
  • Nomination instructions.
  • Lists of past winners for all student awards.
  • Submission deadlines.

Canadian Society for Chemistry Student Awards and Competitions

Faculty Advisor Award

2018 winner: W. Stephen McNeil, The University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus

Silver Medals

Presented to the top students at each Canadian university entering their final year of chemistry, biochemistry or related programs.

Student Chapter Merit Award

2018 First Place: Laurier Chemistry Association, Wilfrid Laurier University

2018 Honorable Mention: Chemistry Course Union, The University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus

Presented to recognize and encourage initiative and originality in Student Chapter programming in chemistry.

Canadian Society for Chemistry Student Oral and Poster Competitions

The list of CSC 2018 student award winners is now available. Competitions took place at the 101st Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (CSC 2018) in Edmonton. To claim your prize, contact the awards team with your home address and preferred e-mail address. Prizes will be mailed or e-transferred.

Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering Student Awards

CSChE Chemical Engineering Local Section Scholarships

2017: Chen Liang, University of Alberta

For leadership qualities and demonstrated contributions to the CSChE such as participation in Student Chapters as well as academic performance.

Faculty Advisor Award

2016: Patrice Farand, École Polytechnique de Montréal

Presented to one faculty advisor from the CSChE who has demonstrated exceptional performance working with students. This award is a Student Chapter nominated award.

Silver Medals

Presented to the top students at each Canadian university entering their final year of chemical engineering or related programs.

Student Chapter Merit Award

2016 First Place: Laurentian University Student Chapter (LUChEC)

2016 Honorable Mentions: McMaster University and University of Toronto

Presented to recognizes and encourage initiative and originality in Student Chapter programming in chemical engineering.

Non-CSChE Scholarships:

  • Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation Scholarships

Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering Student Competitions

The XXIX Interamerican Congress of Chemical Engineering Incorporating the 68th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference (CSChE 2018) included several competitions for both undergraduate and graduate students. The Student Program Organizing Committee would like to extend a special thank you to all the judges who volunteered their time and expertise towards these competitions. These prizes were partially funded by the CIC Chemical Education Fund. Congratulations to the winners listed below and to all the students who participated in these competitions!

3-Minute Pitch Competitions

3MP Competition – Research Pitch

1st place: Christina BitarMcGill University
A novel microchannel emulsification device for type 1 diabetes treatment

2nd place: Madeline SimpsonMcMaster University
Design of Drug Carriers for the Delivery of Antipsychotic Medication to the Brain

3rd place: Ilaria RubinoUniversity of Alberta
Development of recyclable mask with salt coating to neutralize airborne pathogens 

3MP Competition – Business Pitch

1st place: Nicholas Boileau, Zachary Comeau, University of Ottawa
Canero: An Urban Agriculture Solution

Graduate Student Poster Competition

1st place: Mehr Negar Mirvakili, The University of British Columbia
Effect of Surface Wettability on Optical Properties of Casted Microfibrillated Cellulose Films

2nd place: Alex PaquetteUniversity of Calgary
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: The 3 R’s of nutrient recovery for sustainable growth of microalgal biomass at high pH and alkalinity

3rd place: Ye ZhangUniversity of Alberta
Role of applied electric fields on oil-water interfacial properties measured by interfacial tension and crumpling ratio

Energy Division Poster Competition

1st place: Alex PaquetteUniversity of Calgary
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: The 3 R’s of nutrient recovery for sustainable growth of microalgal biomass at high pH and alkalinity

2nd place: Sannan ToorUniversity of Waterloo
Metal Supported Solid Oxide Fuel Cells via Tape Casting and Co-sintering

3rd place: Maryam ArefmaneshUniversity of Toronto
Lignin modification with ionic liquid

Hatch Plant Design Competition

1st place: Laura Fader, Alina Kunitskaya, Keith Cleland, Anh (Annie) NguyenUniversity of Calgary
Production of Oxygen on Mars with In-situ Resource Utilization

2nd place: Samantha Alkadri, Mohamed Bondok, Ahmed Elmeligy, Liana MartelUniversity of Ottawa
Design of an n-Butyl Acrylate Chemical Plant

3rd place: Marie Rose Boulos, Isabelle Gilbert-Blais, Maxime Grail, Camille Langlois-Secco, Kahina MameriPolytechnique Montreal
A Modular Solution for Gas Flaring

A competition for a team of students enrolled in undergraduate chemical engineering programs at Canadian Universities to create the best plant design.

Robert G. Auld Student Paper Competition

1st place: Melissa LarocqueMcMaster University
Development of electrically conductive hollow fiber membranes

2nd place: Thinh Tuan (Caleb) TongUniversity of Calgary
Enhancing lipid and vision-protecting antioxidant production in the microalgal cultures

3rd place: Abhishek PremachandraMcMaster University
Process Improvement through Problem Solving: Reduction of Scum Formation on Fired Clay Products    

Awarded for the best oral paper presented at the Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference on any topic that pertains to some aspect of chemical engineering.

Reg Friesen Student Oral Paper Competition

1st place: Laura FaderUniversity of Calgary
Examination of the Impact and Engagement of Engineering Extracurricular Activities

2nd place: David SchlachterUniversity of Ottawa
10 Ways To Improve Any Engineering Class

Presented to encourage students to present oral papers at the Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, of general interest concerning chemical education.

View the most recent Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference website for up-to-date instructions on graduate student competitions.

Canadian Society for Chemical Technology Student Awards

Faculty Advisor Award

Presented to one faculty advisor from the CSCT who has demonstrated exceptional performance working with students. This award is a Student Chapter nominated award.

Silver Medals

Presented to the top students at each Canadian college completing their final year of chemical technology or related programs.

Student Chapter Merit Award

Recognizes and encourages initiative and originality in Student Chapter programming in chemical technology.

NEW! High School Student Scholarship

Lionel High School Scholarship

The Lionel High School Scholarship has been established to assist a high school student who shows an interest in science in his/her transition to study chemistry or biochemistry at a post-secondary institution (2–year college or cégep pre-university program or university program) but who would not otherwise be able to attend without significant financial assistance.

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