Special Awards

Special Awards (Nomination Required)

The list below includes all available Special Awards. A project may be nominated for up to three Special awards. Only those awards for which a project is eligible will appear in the Special Awards area of the CWSF online registration system.

The three rows below each award - Junior, Intermediate and Senior - indicate whether the award is available to projects in that category. "N/A" indicates that the award is not open to that category.

 

The Actuarial Foundation of Canada Award

Sponsor: The Actuarial Foundation of Canada

An outstanding project that demonstrates effective use of one or more of mathematics, database manipulation and statistical analysis, combined with written and oral communication skills and creativity to investigate or solve a complex problem.

Preference may be given to projects that quantify potential losses or design creative ways to manage or reduce the likelihood or impact of undesirable events.

Junior: $500 cash and certificate
Intermediate: $750 cash and certificate
Senior: $1,000 cash and certificate

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Canadian Acoustical Association Award

Sponsor: Canadian Acoustical Association

An outstanding senior project related to acoustics, the science of sound.

Junior: N/A
Intermediate: N/A
Senior: $1,000 cash and certificate plus a subscription to the Canadian Acoustical Association’s quarterly journal

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Canadian Artificial Intelligence Association Award

Sponsor: Canadian Artificial Intelligence Association (CAIAC)

An outstanding junior project in artificial or computational intelligence.

Junior: $500 cash and certificate
Intermediate: N/A
Senior: N/A

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Canadian Association for the Club of Rome Award

Sponsor: Canadian Association for the Club of Rome

An outstanding project that demonstrates or identifies innovative ways to mitigate climate change in Canadian residences through reduction of carbon dioxide production. Preference will be given to projects that make creative use of widely available products and technologies, integrated with emerging technologies (e.g., Internet of Things). Creativity, originality, practicality and safety must be evident.

Junior: N/A
Intermediate: N/A
Senior: $1,000 cash and certificate

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Canadian Orchid Congress Award

Sponsor: Canadian Orchid Congress

An outstanding senior project that is related to the biology and/or conservation of orchids, their culture or biochemical products. Preference will be given to projects related to native Canadian orchid conservation. The winner will prepare a webinar on the project with the assistance of the Canadian Orchid Congress to be published on their website.

Junior: N/A
Intermediate: N/A
Senior: $1,000 cash and certificate

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Canadian Society for Clinical Chemists Award

Sponsor: Canadian Society for Clinical Chemists

An outstanding senior project related to the use of laboratory testing to better patient care.

Junior: N/A
Intermediate: N/A
Senior: $1,000 cash and certificate

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Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science Award

Sponsor: Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science

An outstanding intermediate project related to health sciences demonstrating excellence in the planning and design of a biomedical experiment, innovation or study relevant to medical laboratory science.

Junior: N/A
Intermediate: $750 cash and certificate
Senior: N/A

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Canadian Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Sponsor: Canadian WEF Member Associations, the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association, and Xylem Canada

Senior outstanding projects related to one or more of: stormwater, water and wastewater quality, water resource-management, water protection, water or wastewater treatment, water education and other social or science related aspects of water.

Up to three projects selected at the CWSF will then be required to submit a written report of their project for final selection. One winning project will then be chosen to represent Canada at the Stockholm Junior Water Prize Competition. The two runner-up projects will each receive a $300 cash prize.

Junior: N/A
Intermediate: N/A
Senior: All-expenses paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden, August 27-September 1, 2017, for up to two student(s) of the winning project to represent Canada at the International Stockholm Junior Water Prize Competition (www.sjwp.ca).

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CAP Physics Prize

Sponsor: Canadian Association of Physicists

An outstanding project related to the science of physics.

Junior: $500 cash and certificate
Intermediate: $750 cash and certificate
Senior: $1,000 cash and certificate

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Carlson Wagonlit Award

Sponsor: Carlson Wagonlit Travel

An outstanding junior project related to transportation.

Junior: $500 cash and certificate
Intermediate: N/A
Senior: N/A

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Engineering Innovation Award

Sponsor: Engineering Institute of Canada / Canadian Society of Senior Engineers

An outstanding project related to engineering demonstrating an innovative, creative and well-tested solution to a real world problem.

Junior: N/A
Intermediate: $750 cash and certificate
Senior: N/A

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Excellence in Astronomy Award

Sponsor: Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

An outstanding project related to astronomy - observational, instrument construction or other.

Junior: Telescope and certificate plus a one year youth membership in the RASC
Intermediate: Telescope and certificate plus a one year youth membership in the RASC
Senior: N/A

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First Nations University of Canada Award

Sponsor: First Nations University of Canada

An outstanding junior project that celebrates Aboriginal people’s accomplishments and traditional knowledge by showcasing, exploring, reinforcing and expanding intersections between Indigenous knowledge and Western science.

Junior: $500 cash and certificate
Intermediate: N/A
Senior: N/A

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4-H Canada Award

Sponsor: 4-H Canada

Sustainable Agriculture Award
An outstanding junior project related to sustainable agriculture or farming.

Food Security Award
An outstanding junior project related to food security or food service.

Junior: $500 cash and certificate
Intermediate: N/A
Senior: N/A

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International Summer School for Young Physicists Award

Sponsor: Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

An outstanding Senior CWSF finalist who demonstrates a keen interest and a strong aptitude in both physics and mathematics. The finalist’s project need not be in the area of physics. The chosen finalist must be fluent in both written and spoken English.

The award consists of a full scholarship to participate in the International Summer School for Young Physicists 2017 (ISSYP 2017) from July 16-29, an intensive two week enrichment program that will introduce the student to the fascinating picture of our universe as seen through the eyes of contemporary physicists: from the bizarre quantum world of atoms and subatomic particles to black holes, warped spacetime and the expanding universe. The student will also interact with professional physicists at Perimeter Institute in small group mentoring sessions, participate in field trips to leading experimental science laboratories, and forge new friendships with like minded young people from around the world. The scholarship includes room and board and travel expenses to and from the Institute.

Junior: N/A
Intermediate: N/A
Senior: Full scholarship to participate in the International Summer School for Young Physicists 2017 from July 16-29 at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario.  Total value $3,500.

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Nutrients for Life Foundation Award

Sponsor: Nutrients for Life Foundation Canada

An outstanding intermediate project related to fertilizers, plants and soil science.

Junior: N/A
Intermediate: $750 cash and certificate
Senior: N/A

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Renewable Energy Award

Sponsor: Ontario Power Generation

An outstanding project related to both energy and air quality with a demonstrated interest in environmental stewardship.

Junior: $500 cash and certificate
Intermediate: $750 cash and certificate
Senior: $1,000 cash and certificate

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S.M. Blair Family Foundation Award

Sponsor: S.M. Blair Family Foundation

A project that merits application for a patent.

According to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office…
In order to be eligible for a patent, your invention must meet three basic criteria:

1. The invention must show novelty (be the first in the world).
2. It must show utility (be functional and operative).
3. It must show inventive ingenuity and not be obvious to someone skilled in that area.

The invention can be a product (for example, a door lock), a composition (for example, a chemical composition used in lubricants for door locks), an apparatus (for example, a machine for making door locks), a process (for example, a method for making door locks), or an improvement on any of these.

A patent is granted only for the physical embodiment of an idea (for example, the description of a possible door lock) or for a process that produces something tangible or that can be sold. You cannot patent a scientific principle, an abstract theorem, an idea, some methods of doing business, or a computer program per se.

Fast fact: Ninety percent of patents are for improvements to existing patented inventions!

You can search over two million Canadian patents from the past 75 years at the Canadian Patents Database:

http://brevets-patents.ic.gc.ca/opic-cipo/cpd/eng/introduction.html

Junior: $500 cash and certificate
Intermediate: $750 cash and certificate
Senior: $1,000 cash and certificate

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SHAD Scholarship Award

Sponsor: SHAD

Intermediate: An outstanding project by a finalist in grade 10 who has been offered a place at SHAD 2017 or who will apply to SHAD 2018. Awarded to a finalist who exhibits the SHAD values of creativity, excellence, community, diversity, and responsibility. Single projects only.

Senior: An outstanding project by a senior finalist who has been offered a place at SHAD 2017 or who will apply to SHAD 2018. Awarded to a finalist who exhibits the SHAD values of creativity, excellence, community, diversity, and responsibility. Single projects only.

Junior: N/A
Intermediate: Placement at SHAD 2017 or can apply to SHAD 2018
Senior: Placement at SHAD 2017 or can apply to SHAD 2018

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Statistical Society of Canada and Biostatistics Section Award

Sponsor: Statistical Society of Canada and Biostatistics Section

An outstanding intermediate project in statistical theory, or one that makes use of sound statistical techniques in study design, data analysis and data presentation.

Junior: N/A
Intermediate: $750 cash and certificate
Senior: N/A

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Statistical Society of Canada Award

Sponsor: Statistical Society of Canada

An outstanding senior project in statistical theory, or one that makes use of sound statistical techniques in study design, data analysis and data presentation.

Junior: N/A
Intermediate: N/A
Senior: $1,000 cash and certificate

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University of Ottawa Undergraduate Research Scholarship (URS)

Sponsor: University of Ottawa

An outstanding Senior project by a finalist (or finalists) in grade 11 or grade 12 (Secondary V, CÉGEP I or CÉGEP II in Quebec) who is admissible to pursue university studies in science at uOttawa. In the case of a team project, each finalist will be eligible to receive a scholarship.

The University of Ottawa will provide the recipient or recipients with more detailed information during the days following the Canada-Wide Science Fair.

The recipient will work with scientists and take part in important scientific discoveries during two consecutive summers. In the summer preceding the first year of studies in an undergraduate program at the Faculty of Science, University of Ottawa, the recipient will earn $3,750 as a research assistant to one of the world class professors. By succeeding in the first year of studies, the research experience will be extended to a second summer, during which he/she will earn $6,250.

Junior: N/A
Intermediate: N/A
Senior: $10,000 award ($3,750 + $6,250)

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Weizmann Canada Award for Scientific Achievement

Sponsor: Weizmann Canada

One outstanding senior finalist. The finalist must be in his/her final year of high school or CÉGEP in Quebec demonstrating a passion for science. Please note: The Weizmann Institute program is conducted in English; therefore, all participants must be fluent in English. Single projects only.

Junior: N/A
Intermediate: N/A
Senior: This scholarship provides the opportunity to attend the Dr. Bessie Lawrence International Summer Science Institute at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel from July 4-30, 2017. The winner must have a single project, demonstrate a passion for science and currently be in their final year of high school or Cégep prior to the starting date and be fluent in English. The total scholarship value is $9,000, which pays for the registration fee and return airfare from a major Canadian airport to Israel.

Details of the program can be found here:

http://www.weizmann.ca/giving-opportunities/education/international-summer-science-institute

Download permission form

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Youth Can Innovate Awards

Sponsor: The Gwyn Morgan and Patricia Trottier Foundation

Outstanding innovation projects selected for their ingenuity, originality, development and potential social and economic benefits. Youth Can Innovate judges may, depending upon the number of self-nominations, focus their interview time on a shortened list of projects that appear most applicable to the Youth Can Innovate Award criteria.

Junior: Four projects will each receive a $500 cash award and certificate
Intermediate: Four projects will each receive a $750 cash award and certificate.
Senior: Eight projects each receive a $1,000 cash award and certificate. Four of these Youth Can Innovate Award winners will also be announced as winners of an additional $7,000 cash award.

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