Recognitions for University Physics Students

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The CAP offers several awards recognizing excellence in physics knowledge and research for undergraduate and graduate students. Click on the links below to find out more.

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CAP Best Student Presentation Awards

Each year, at the CAP Congress, students (both graduate and undergraduate) are offered the opportunity to present posters or to give oral presentations that embody the results of research that they have been recently carrying out. The CAP provides awards for the best student papers and posters delivered at Congress, if a student specifically indicates that they want to participate in the competition. Visit the CAP Congress page to find out more.

Lloyd G. Elliott University Prize Exam

The CAP University Prize Examination, normally held in February or March of each year, is a national competition open to students across the country who are studying physics and are enrolled in an undergraduate program at the time of the examination. All eligible students are encouraged to participate. Click here for more information. 

Allan Carswell Physics Educator Scholarship

Through a generous endowment from the Allan Carswell Family Foundation, starting in 2020, up to two Allan Carswell Physics Educator Scholarships, valued at up to $5000 each, will be awarded annually. This scholarship recognizes the critical importance and value of having people who are trained in, and passionate about, physics engaging young Canadians in the classrooms of this country. Click here for more information. 

Boris P. Stoicheff Memorial Graduate Scholarship

The joint CAPF/Optica Foundation scholarship in the amount of $3,000 will be awarded to a graduate student who has demonstrated both research excellence and significant service to the optics (The Optica Foundation) or physics (CAP) community. The scholarship is awarded jointly by CAPF and the Optica Foundation, with the administration and presentation of the scholarship rotating between the two societies. Click here for more information. 

Eric Svensson Memorial Graduate Scholarship

The Eric C. Svensson Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $3,000 was awarded for the first time in 2021 by the CAP Foundation (CAPF) as a memorial to Eric Svensson, a renowned Canadian neutron scattering Physicist, who also served as President of the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) in 1997-98. The Scholarship is awarded to a CAP Graduate Student Member who has demonstrated both research excellence and significant service to the physics (CAP) community. Click here for more information.