CSBE/SCGAB Awards
Each year, the CSBE/SCGAB presents Awards and Fellows to celebrate and encourage excellence within the Canadian bioengineering community.

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 - Frédérik Daigneault, Félix Keurentjes, Nicholas Lefebvre, Christophe Rainville, Étienne Marineau-Bélanger, Clovis Courchesne, Jasmin Fréchette

University of Saskatchewan, - Sled Dogs - Jason Cousins, George Dodds, Keith Halcro, Charley Sprenger, Cory Bart, Austin Pizzey, Dane Steen, Tyler Reaser, Matthew Lashyn (Advisor: S. Noble)

 

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 - Sarah Currie

Université Laval- Anthony Beaudoin

University of Prince Edward Island- Skylar Tang

Dalhousie University - Jack Lynds

 

Graduate Thesis Award (PhD)

University of Manitoba - Afua Mante for a thesis entitled “Impact of soil and water management practices on soil strength for field operations in southern Manitoba” (Advisor: R. Sri Ranjan)

McGill University - Daihui Zhang for his thesis entitled “ Synthesis and characterization of 5-hydroxymethlfurfural derivative based materials” (Supervisor: M. Dumont)

The University of British Columbia - Hamid Rezaei - for his thesis entitled “Physical and thermal characterization of ground wood chip and ground wood pellet particles” (Advisors: S. Sokhansanj, A. Lau and J. Lim)

University of Prince Edward Island - Evan MacDonald - for a thesis entitled “Are vegetation indices derived from sUAS mounted multi-spectral sensors an accurate predictor of yield in potatoes” (Supervisor: A Fenech)

 

Graduate Thesis Award (MSc)

University of Guelph - Andrea DiNardo for a thesis entitled "Investigation and Optimization of Methods for the Extraction of Antioxidants and Polyphenols from Yellow European Plums (Prunus Domestica L.)"  (Advisor: A. Singh)

University of Guelph - Harjeet Singh Brar for a thesis entitled " Physio-chemical Changes Occurring During the Dehydration of Yellow European Plums (Prunus domestica L.) into Golden-dried Prunes (Advisor: A. Singh).

University of Manitoba - Krishana Kaja for a thesis entitled “HYDRUS modelling to predict field trafficability under different drainage design and weather conditions in southern Manitoba” (Advisor: R. Sri Ranjan)

McGill University - Aidan Fedele De Sena for a thesis entitled “Characterizing the organic phosphorus species in Histosols of the Holland Marsh” (Supervisor: C. Madramootoo)

McGill University - Subhash Palaniswamy for a thesis entitled”Development of a Millet Dehuller (hand-operated) to reduce drudgery in processing and utilization of Millet waste (hulls) in antioxidant extraction” (Supervisors: V. Orsat and V. Raghavan)

University of Saskatchewan - Charley J. Sprenger for her thesis entitled “ Classification and Densification of Municipal Solid Waste for Biofuels Applications” (Supervisor: L. Tabil)

University of Prince Edward Island - Clayton Harding for a thesis entitled “Hybrid sol-gel poly(n-ethylaniline) coatings with increased self-healing properties” (Supervisor: A Hsiao)

Université Laval - Gabriel Collin for his thesis entitled “Optimisation de la production d’amandes par la gestion de l’irrigation en temps réel / Optimization of almond production by real-time irrigation management” (Advisors: J. Caron and J. Gallichand)

 

Undergraduate Awards

University of Manitoba - Thesis Award - Hunter Loewen for a thesis entitled “Effect of dancers’ footwear and landing conditions on force propagation and balance measures during jump-landing” (Advisors: J. Morrison & J. Singer)

McGill University - Design Project Award - Lindsay Cass, Isabella Pietracupa, and Melissa Zbacnik-D'Antonio for their project entitled “The Household Washing Machine Filtration Device for Microfibers” (Supervisor: C. Madramootoo)

McGill University - Paper Award - Julia Ethier, Ellen Feigl, and Sarah Ghazal for their paper entitled “Rainwater catchment and storage for the McGill School of Environment building” (Supervisor: C. Madramootoo)

University of Prince Edward Island - Thesis Award - Zach Denny for a thesis entitled “Wastewater management in rural Pakistan” (Supervisors: G. McSorley; B. Smyth; D. Taylor)

University of Prince Edward Island - Design Project Award - Zach Denny; Skylar Tang; Andrew MacEwen; Zumer Fatima; Haley Butler for a project entitled “Wastewater management in Rural Pakistan” (Supervisors: G. McSorley; B. Smyth; D. Taylor)

Dalhousie University - Thesis Award - Melanie Bos for a thesis entitled “Nitrate and bromide transport in response to soil moisture content” (Supervisor: D. Burton) 

Dalhousie University - Design Project Award - Brenden Wheeler and Justin Thorne for a project entitled “Mechanical Wild Blueberry Harvester Header Positioning System” (Supervisor: T. Esau) 

Université Laval - Design Project Award - Antoine Beauchemin, Émilie Blouin-Verroeulst, Jérémie Bonneau, Caroline Verrier for their project entitled “Conception d'une fendeuse-cordeuse de bois de chauffage/ Design of a firewood splitter-chord machine”(Advisor: M. Khelifi)