CAP Herzberg Medal

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This medal is to recognize significant contributions in any field of research in physics done in Canada by a physicist who has successfully defended their doctoral thesis within the last 12 years and who has spent the majority of their working career in Canada. More than 12 years are allowed to account for special circumstances, e.g. parental or medical leave; a two-year allowance to reflect the impact of COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021 will automatically be applied to eligible nominations.


Know a worthy candidate for this award?

Click below to go to the medal nomination system. Any questions regarding the nomination process should be sent to programs@cap.ca

The next medal will be awarded in 2024. Deadline for nominations is 23h59 ET December 17th, 2023.

MEDAL NOMINATION SYSTEM

2023 Winner

Joseph Maciejko | University of Alberta

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Nomination Criteria                                        NOMINATION PROCEDURE

  • The nominator must be a member of the CAP.
  • The nominee must be a member in good standing of the CAP or a Council-approved Canadian professional science society (see list below) in order to be nominated.
  • The nominee must have spent the majority (i.e. more than one-half) of their working career in Canada or must have made a major contribution to physics after returning to a tenure track or permanent position in Canada.
  • In the year of the award, the nominee must normally be within 12 years of their thesis defence. For example, the thesis defence must have occurred on or after January 2000 for the 2021 award.
    • More than 12 years are allowed to account for special circumstances, e.g., parental or medical leave. Proper documentation must be submitted. An allowance of one year per child is provided for parental leave.
    • A two-year allowance to reflect the impact of COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021 will automatically be applied to eligible nominations.

Although the CAP’s nomination system currently has an English-only interface, nominations may be submitted in either English or French.  The CAP is committed to ensuring that applications submitted in either official language are treated equitably. Furthermore, the CAP commits to ensuring that those evaluating awards will have a thorough understanding of the impact of bias to take it into account while reviewing nominations.

Council-approved Canadian professional science society

The nominee must belong to one of the following societies to be eligible for the CAP Herzberg Medal:

  • Canadian Association of Physicists
  • Canadian Astronomical Society
  • Canadian Biophysical Society
  • Canadian Geophysical Union
  • Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
  • Canadian Organization for Medical Physicists
  • Canadian Society for Chemistry