Awards

There will be two award categories at the Science Atlantic Nutrition and Foods Conference 2020, held at the University of Prince Edward Island. To be considered, applicants must submit their abstract by the deadline, February 21, 2020.

For more information about awards (except for travel awards), please contact Conference Co-Chair Dr. Sarah Finch at scienceatlanticnf@upei.ca if you have any questions about travel awards.

General Undergraduate Awards

These awards are presented to undergraduate students who have demonstrated outstanding research and presentation skills. The research must significantly advance the discipline of food science or nutrition. The contribution may be applied or fundamental in nature, and must advance science or improve human condition. The awards consist of a cash prize and a letter of commendation. Both oral and poster presentations are eligible. 

Eligibility criteria: 

  • Abstract (statement of problem, objective, and principal findings)
  • Presentation (clarity, visual aids, and organization)
  • Scientific merit (research design, innovative approach, and interpretation of the data)
  • Overall knowledge and response to questions
  • Demonstrate potential to pursue graduate studies and research

1st place: $200
2nd place: $125
3rd place: $75

General Graduate Awards

These awards are presented to graduate students who have demonstrated outstanding research and presentation skills. The research must significantly advance the discipline of food science or nutrition. The contribution may be applied or fundamental in nature, and must advance science or improve human condition. The awards consist of a cash prize and a letter of commendation. Both oral and poster presentations are eligible. Both oral and poster presentations are eligible.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Abstract (statement of problem, objective, and principal findings)
  • Presentation (clarity, visual aids, and organization)
  • Scientific merit (experimental design, innovative approach, and interpretation of the data)
  • Overall knowledge and response to questions
  • Demonstrate potential to pursue graduate studies and research

1st place: $200
2nd place: $125
3rd place: $75

Science Communication Award

The Science Atlantic Science Communication Award is offered at each of the annual Science Atlantic sponsored student conferences. The prize is awarded to the student who is best able to communicate a science topic to his or her peers. The award consists of a cash prize ($200), a letter of commendation and an opportunity to work collaboratively with the Atlantic Student Research Journal team to write and publish an article about their research. 

Eligibility criteria: 

  • Abstract (statement of problem, objective, and principal findings)
  • Presentation (clarity, visual aids and organization) including either an oral presentation with a question and answer period or a poster presentation with an informal (one on one with a judge) question and answer)
  • Scientific merit (experimental design, innovative approach, and interpretation of the data)
  • Overall knowledge and response to questions

Judging

Each conference organizing committee determines the judging committee membership. Some committees involve non-competing students, some have a ballot vote of all conference attendees, and some are professors in the discipline. The judging committee has the right to withhold an award in any competition. If there are fewer than three students eligible to compete for this award at any conference, the award may not be disbursed. The decision of the judges is final.


Travel Awards

Two travel awards ($500) are available for trainees registered for the Science Atlantic Nutrition Conference in Charlottetown on March 13-14, 2020.
In order to be eligible for a travel award, applicants should be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student from one of the institutions participating in Science Atlantic Nutrition & Foods Conference. Applicants must have submitted an abstract. Late applications will not be considered. 

Eligible expenses include travel and accommodation. Travel expenses can be claimed for gas mileage $0.37 per km or bus, train, ferry or airfare (economy class) or their combination. The accommodation cost cannot exceed the rate for the conference hotel. The cost of taxi, tolls, bridges are eligible as well. The reimbursed cost of travel cannot exceed the travel award.

The application for travel award must include the following components:

  1. A two-page CV/ resume
  2. The abstract 
  3. Reference letter from supervisor or faculty from sponsoring institution 
  4. 500-word cover letter explaining why attending the conference is important to you

Applications for travel award should be submitted to scienceatlanticnf@upei.ca by February 21, 2020 by 4:00 pm. All applicants will be notified via email about the results of the competition by February 28, 2020.

Please contact us at scienceatlanticnf@upei.ca if you have any questions about any awards.