CSBE/SCGAB Awards
Each year, the CSBE/SCGAB presents Awards and Grade of Fellows to celebrate and encourage excellence within the Canadian bioengineering community.
Please consider nominating a member. The nominations must be received by the Committees by May 1.

Student Competitions and Awards

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CSBE/SCGAB Foundation Sponsored Student Activities

The CSBE/SCGAB Foundation Graduate Membership

The Foundation will pay the membership dues for first-time-ever Graduate Students. An application form (http://www.asabe.org/media/8701/csbe-asabe_application.pdf) should be completed by the graduate student and submitted by a faculty member attesting to first-time-ever status. The completed form can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

The CSBE/SCGAB Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

The CSBE/SCGAB Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship is to award prizes to students for excellence among student members of the Society. The Scholarship can be awarded each year to the student member of the Society with the highest GPA in the preceding semester (based on a minimum of 24 credit hours and the GPA must qualify the recipient to appear on the Dean’s Honour List). The Department Head or his/her designate will select one scholarship recipient per year per department. The amount of the award is $300.

 

The CSBE/SCGAB Student Team Competition

powerThe Canadian Society for Bioengineering Foundation offers funding to eligible student teams that participate in a recognized bioengineering competition.  The Foundation thereby encourages students to gain team work experience and to learn by comparing their efforts and ideas with others.  Such projects also provide visibility for engineering and its role in improving agriculture, the food system and the environment.  

Funding is equivalent to $100 per student member to a maximum of $500 per team. To be eligible, the team must be formed of at least two student members and participate in a bioengineering competition open to more than one academic institution.  Team members eligible for funding must be student members of CSBE/SCGAB in good standing, i.e. annual dues are currently paid (otherwise students should provide photocopy of their application form or membership renewal).

To request funding, simply fill out the downloadable form and return to the CSBE | SCGAB Foundation, Department of Biosystems Engineering, E2-376 EITC Building, 75A Chancellor Circle, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB  R3T 5V6

DOWNLOAD THE FUNDING REQUEST FORM

 

 

CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate and Graduate Student Competitions

Two undergraduate student competitions namely (1) design competition and (2) undergraduate paper competition, are organized to promote a high degree of professionalism, encourage development of professional and engineering ingenuity, provide opportunity for interaction between students and professional associates and encourage active undergraduate student participation within CSBE/SCGAB.

Two graduate student competitions (1) Masters and Doctoral thesis award competition and (2) graduate student paper competition, are organized to encourage innovation and excellence in Biosystems, Biological and Environmental Engineering and recognize our most promising graduate student members. Brief overview of these competitions is given below.

The CSBE/SCGAB Society Manager will circulate detailed and specific instructions each year for the competitions to the Education institutions across Canada who have students interested in bioengineering. Each institution will submit a recipient. Potential contestants should consult their Faculty. 

 

CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Thesis Award

Eligibility

The CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Thesis Award is to recognize excellence in undergraduate student research in fields represented by the Society. Each eligible university will identify their recipient of the Award. These names will be sent for recognition at the annual banquet. To qualify, the recipient must have completed an undergraduate level thesis at a Canadian University during the 12-month period ending  April 30th, and be a student member of the Society.

Award Value: $100

Deadline: The name of the award recipient, along with the title of the thesis, must be submitted to the Society Manager by June 15th.

How to apply: Ask your program director or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Design Project Award

Eligibility

The CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Design Project Award is to recognize excellence in the development of engineering design skills in solving problems related to biological systems. Individual or team projects are eligible. Each eligible university will identify their recipient of the Award. These names will be sent for recognition at the annual banquet. To qualify, the recipient(s) must have completed a design project at a Canadian University during the 12-month period ending April 30th, and each member of the design team must be a student member of the Society.

Award Value: $100 per person on the design project ($500 maximum or divided equally if there are more than 5 team members).

Deadline: The name(s) of the award recipient(s), along with the title of the design project, must be submitted to the Society Manager by June 15th

How to apply: Ask your program director or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (MSc Category)

Eligibility

The CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (MSc Category) is to recognize excellence in graduate student research in fields represented by the Society. Each eligible university will identify their recipient of the Award. These names will be sent for recognition at the annual banquet. To qualify, the recipient must have completed a Master’s thesis at a Canadian University during the 12-month period ending April 30th, and be a student member of the Society.

Award Value: $200

Deadline: The name of the award recipient, along with the title of the thesis, must be submitted to the Society Manager by June 15th.

How to apply: Ask your program director or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (PhD Category) 

Eligibility

The CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (PhD Category) is to recognize excellence in graduate student research in fields represented by the Society. Each eligible university will identify their recipient of the Award. These names will be sent for recognition at the annual banquet. To qualify, the recipient must have completed a Doctoral thesis at a Canadian University during the 12-month period ending April 30th, and be a student member of the Society.

Award Value: $200

Deadline: The name of the award recipient, along with the title of the thesis, must be submitted to the Society Manager by June 15th.

How to apply: Ask your program director or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

CSBE/SCGAB Student Competition (Oral and Poster Presentation during the AGM)

The CSBE/SCGAB Local Organizing Committee for the Annual Meeting and Conference may arrange for two student competitions: “Best Oral Presentation” and “Best Poster Presentation”. Students attending conference should declare their intent to enter to the Society Manager (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 2 weeks prior to the AGM and Conference. Please indicate your paper ID# and whether you wish to compete in the oral or poster competition. Please check with the CSBE/SCGAB Society Manager to see if the competitions will be held.

Judges, selected from CSBE/SCGAB members attending the conference, will utilize a standardized scoring sheet to provide results to the Student Competition Leader and the CSBE/SCGAB Society Manager. Cash awards and certificates will be presented.

The areas used to evaluate presentations will be as follows:

Oral presentation

  • Organization
  • Delivery
  • Use of visual aids
  • Content and responsiveness to audience

Poster presentation

  • Organization of material
  • Image content and quality
  • Written word
  • Presentation/overall content
  • Question and answer effectiveness





ASABE  ¼ Scale Tractor Student Design Competition

Design and construction of a four-wheel-drive tractor taking into consideration the rules specified by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)

Université Laval,  Équipe ULtrac - Jasmin Fréchette (Leader), Clovis Courchesne, Frédérik Daigneault, Étienne Marineau-Bélanger, Claudia Gagnon, Simon Le Bouthillier, William Falcon, Christophe Rainville, Anthony Voghell, Jolaine Mallet

McGill University, Mutrac - A. Pille (Captain), K. Al-Itani , C. Al-Shami, A. Audi, N. Audi, A. Calabrese, K. Courchesne, A. Guttormson, J. Harms, I. Karovitch , A. Dickson, J. Lan, E. Larocque, A. Leak , M. Leclerc, J. Lespine, H. Maček, M. Marmette , L. McGuire, S. McGuire, C. Miller, B. Rasmussen, Y. Saeed , J. Smith, J. St-amour, V. Paepcke, C. Wells, Y. Yu

 

CSBE/SCGAB FOUNDATION  Undergraduate Scholarship

Recognizes academic excellence among student members of the Society. The Scholarship is awarded each year to the student member of the Society with the highest GPA in the preceding semester.

University of Manitoba – Laurissa Bridgeman

McGill University – Elodie Chatel

Université Laval - Camille Michaud-Girard

University of Prince Edward Island - Maggy McGrath

Dalhousie  University - Derrick Ouma

 

Graduate Thesis Award (PhD)

McGill University - John Quilty for his thesis entitled “An ensemble wavelet-based stochastic data-driven framework for addressing nonlinearity, multiscale change, and uncertainty in water resources forecasting” (Advisor: J. Adamowski)

University of Alberta - Madhumita Patel for her thesis entitled “Production of Renewable Diesel from Lignocellulosic biomass through fast pyrolysis and hydroprocessing technology” (Advisor: A. Kumar)

University of Saskatchewan - Dandan Huang for his thesis entitled “Odour and Gas Emissions, Odour Impact Criteria, and Dispersion Modelling for Dairy and Poultry Barns” (Advisor: H. Guo)

University of Manitoba - Rani Puthukulangara Ramachandran for a thesis entitled “Numerical Modelling of Superheated Steam Drying of Distillers' Spent Grain Pellet‐A Single Element Approach” (Advisors: J. Paliwal and S. Cenkowski)

Université Laval – Yann Périard Larrivée for a thesis entitled « Impact de la genèse anthropique des sols de canneberge sur la capacité de drainage / Impact of anthropogenic genesis of cranberry soils on drainage capacity” (Advisors: S. Gumière and A. Rousseau)

 

Graduate Thesis Award (MSc)

University of Guelph - Ramandeep Kaur Sandhu for a thesis entitled "Evaluation of the effectiveness of light emitting diodes in post-harvest shelf life extension of blueberries"  (Advisor: A. Singh).

University of Guelph - Kelsie McNeill for a thesis entitled " Time Series Analysis and Statistical Model Development for Food and Water Availability in the Grand River Watershed"  (Advisor: A. Binns and A. Singh).

University of Guelph - Baljeet Kaur for a thesis entitled "Assessment of Water Security in Grand River Watershed, South-western Ontario, Canada" (Advisor: P. Daggupati).

University of Guelph - Taranjot Singh Brar for a thesis entitled " Modification of the LTHIA GIS model to assess the water quantity and quality of Canadian Great Lakes watershed"  (Advisor: P. Daggupati).

University of Guelph - Charles Harrison Brodie for a thesis entitled " Development of Accessible Hyperspectral Imaging Architectures Towards Biomedical Applications "  (Advisor: C. Collier).

McGill University  - Rachit Saxena for her thesis entitled “Effect of processing on bovine milk quality attributes for human consumption” (Advisor: V. Raghavan)

McGill University  - Qian Lei for her thesis entitled “Microwave hydrothermal carbonization of orange peel waste” (Advisor: V. Raghavan)

Dalhousie University – Karen Esau for her thesis entitled “Effective Debris Removal Methods for Mechanical Wild Blueberry Harvester” (Advisor: Q. Zaman)

University of Saskatchewan - Jason Cousins for his thesis entitled “Title: Development of a Fast Gas-Solid Flow Simulation for Control of the Pneumatic Conveying System on Air Seeders (Advisor: S. Noble)

University of Prince Edward Island - Raj Dahal  for his thesis entitled “ A study on Biochar for Energy and Composites Applications” (Advisor: B. Acharya)

University of Manitoba - Cliff Dueck for a thesis entitled “Barley bulgur: Effects of drying methods (hot air, microwave, and superheated steam) on cooking qualities, b-glucan fibres, and tocochromanols” (Advisor: S. Cenkowski)

Université Laval - Ariane Dionne for a thesis entitled "Conception et mise à l’épreuve d’un prototype de pulvérisation de pupes de trichogrammes pour la lutte biologique contre la pyrale dans la culture du maïs sucré / Design and testing of a trichogramma pupae spray prototype for biological control of corn borer in sweet corn" (Advisor : M. Khelifi)

 

Undergraduate Awards

McGill University - Design Project - Bradley Rasmussen and Leo McGuire for their project entitled “Hay moisture sensor design for round bale collection” (Advisors: V. Adamchuk and C. A. Madramootoo)

McGill University - Thesis - Stephanie Greenough and Connie Lafferty for their project entitled “cGreen: Same power, electrified” (Advisors: C. A. Madramootoo and V. Orsat)

Dalhousie University - Design Project - Derrick Ouma, Jack Lynds, Connor Mullins for their project entitled “Development of an Automatic Inter-row Guidance Robot for Strawberry Runner Trimming” (Advisor: T. Esau)

Université Laval - Design Project - Kamgha Kenkouo,  Thierry Ismael; Bruno Thibault; Staelle Duchelle Voufo for their project entitled “Conception d’une ligne de production de la pâte de tomate en conserve dans un emballage Tetra Pak/ Design of a production line of canned tomato paste in Tetra Pak packaging” (Advisor: M. Aider)

University of Manitoba - Design Project - Rhianna-Lynn Holter-Ferguson for a project entitled “A novel design for adaptive actively irrigated plant growth cells” (Advisor:  N. Balakrishnan)

University of Manitoba - Thesis - Sarah Currie for a thesis entitled “Core-shell polyurethane-polyvinylpyrrolidone electrospun nanofibers for highly sensitive theranostic wound dressings” (Advisor: S. Liu)

University of Manitoba - Thesis - Emily Kiely-Smith for a thesis entitled “The effects of electron donor on the bioremediation of chlorate and hexavalent chromium co-contaminated water” (Advisors: B. Gorczyca and R. Sri Ranjan)

University of Prince Edward Island - Thesis - Skylar Tang for a thesis entitled “Development of an Automated Goniometer for Imaging under Variable Light Conditions” (Advisor: G. McSorley and A. Ahmadi)