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, Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering, Équipe ULtrac 
Clovis Courchesne, Louis-Étienne Lessard, Pierre-Olivier Michaud, Nicholas Lefebvre, Valérie Chabot (Leader), Vincent Grégoire, Frédérik Daigneault

McGill University, Department of Bioresource Engineering
Francis St-Aubin (Leader), Maxime Leclerc, Connor Miller, Rachelle Prudhomme, John Weilenmann, Stephania Tatiachenko, Shamus McGuire, Danny Amon, Alex Audi, Marco Centa, Mark Cool, Pierce Dias Carlson, Lizzy Filine, Aidan Guttormson, Leo McGuire, Mahdi Mia, Ariele Pieters, Ann Pile, Jasmine Roberts, Youssef Saeed, Jonathon Salama-Siroishka, Victoria Tseng Paepcke, Stephen McGuire (Advisors: V. Adamchuk; H. Akbarzadeh)

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

University of Manitoba, Department  of Biosystems Engineering,  UMATT  (University of Manitoba Association of Tiny Tractors)
Tristan Saloranta (Captain), Raymond Davis, Colin Berard, Anthony Dziedzic, Bruce Felsch, Mykel Gallajones, Bill Heard, Alan Huynh, Scott Symons, Don Petkau (Advisor)

 

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 Guelph - Meghan Fragis

University of Manitoba Department  of Biosystems Engineering - Alain Lagasse

University of Manitoba Department  of Biosystems Engineering - Sarah Slagerman

McGill University - Department of Bioresource Engineering - Brandon Bonan

Université Laval,  Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering - Frédérik Daigneault

University of Prince Edward Island, School of Sustainable Design Engineering - Daniel Emery

Dalhousie University, Engineering Department, Faculty of Agriculture - Karen Esau

 

University of Guelph

University of Guelph - Graduate Thesis Award (MSc) - Ryan Berthelot for his thesis entitled' Harnessing Electrical Energy for Anti-biofilm Therapies: Conductivity of Opportunistic Pathogens and the Effects of Electrical Stimulation on Cell Morphology and Motility'  (Advisor: S. Neethirajan)

University of Guelph - Undergraduate Design Project - Award Connor Ormsby for his project entitled “BioTattoo - A Sweat Biosensing Platform for Animal Health Applications” (Advisor S. Neethirajan)

University of Guelph Undergraduate Thesis Award - John Buozis for his thesis entitled'Strep D-Tec: A Non-Invasive Streotococcus Diagnostic Tool' (Advisor: G. Hayward).

University of Guelph  - Undergraduate Design Project Award - Robert Hunter, Parker Bondi, Amelia French, Amit Tah for their project entitled “Non-Invasive Monitoring of Glucose in Blood" (Advisor: S. Neethirajan)

 

University of Manitoba

University of Manitoba,  Department  of Biosystems Engineering,  Undergraduate Design Project Award - Mirette Barsoum Athanasios, Jesnico Gonzales, Nicole Lanchuske and Taylor Livingston for their project entitled “Bin up the stairs” (Course Instructors:  K. Dick, B. Porth and J. S. Cicek)

University of Manitoba Department  of Biosystems Engineering, Undergraduate Thesis Award - Craig Heppner for a thesis entitled “Effect of different row spacings and seeders on yield and speed of emergence for corn” (Advisor: Y. Chen)

University of Manitoba Department  of Biosystems Engineering Graduate Thesis Award (PhD) - Rong Yue for a thesis entitled “Modeling pore structures and airflow in grain beds using discrete element method and pore-scale models” (Advisor: Q. Zhang)

 

McGill University

McGill University - Department of Bioresource Engineering Graduate Thesis Award (MSc) - Jillian Leah Treadwell for her thesis entitled “Phosphorus and organic waste management: Investigating the potential for phosphorus recovery and recycling” (Advisors: G. Clark and E. Bennett)

McGill University - Department of Bioresource Engineering Graduate Thesis Award (PhD) - Dr. Ogan Iheanacho Mba for her thesis entitled “Deep-fat frying characteristics of blends of palm and canola oils” (Advisors: M. Ngadi and M. Dumont)

McGill University - Department of Bioresource Engineering - Undergraduate Thesis Award - Nicole Peletz-Bohbot, Mitch Steel, Mahdi Mia Matthew LeGrandfor a thesis entitled “Solar Greenhouse Heating” (Advisor: V. Raghavan)

McGill University - Department of Bioresource Engineering - Undergraduate Design Project Award - Nicolas Buxbaus, Sam Eichhorn, Tristan Chauvin-Bosse for a project entitled “Straw Sterilizer for Fungal Culture” (Advisor: M. Dumont and V. Adamchuk)

 

Université Laval

Université Laval,  Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering, Undergraduate Design Project Award - Marie-Michelle Caron, Florence Marquis, and Véronique Poulin for their project entitled : Conception d'une ligne de production de lait dans une région du Nord du Québec/ Design of a milk production unit in a northern Quebec region (Advisor: M. Aider)

Université Laval,  Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering Graduate Thesis Award (MSc) - Thierry Villeneuve for his thesis entitled: Intégration de l’électro-activation dans le procédé de conservation des légumes : Analyse de l’efficacité du procédé par SuperPro Designer / Integration of electro-activation in a canning process of vegetables: Analysis of the process efficiency by SuperPro Designer (Advisor: M. Aider)

Université Laval,  Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering Graduate Thesis Award (PhD) - Marianne Crépeau for her thesis entitled: Optimisation de la récolte, de l’entreposage et du pressage du millet perlé sucré et du sorgho sucré cultivés au Québec pour la production de bioéthanol / Optimization of the harvesting, storage, and pressing of sweet pearl millet and sweet sorghum grown in Québec for the production of bioethanol (Advisors: M. Khelifi, A. Vanasse, M. Aider)

 

University of Saskatchewan

University of Saskatchewan - Chemical and Biological Engineering—Graduate Thesis Award (PhD) - Daeung Yu for his thesis entitled “Radio frequency (RF) assisted disinfestation of red flour beetle in stored canola seeds” (Advisor O. Baik)

 

University of New-Brunswick

University of New Brunswick,  Mechanical Engineering, Undergraduate Design Project Award - Jordan Lander and Kieran Cameron Ellis for their project entitled “Biocomposites manufacturing using pultrusion methodology” (Advisor: G. Saha)

University of New Brunswick,  Mechanical Engineering, Graduate Thesis Award (MSc) - Lucas Kenneth Bowlby for his project entitled “Evaluating the potential of biochar as reinforcing element in fiber-reinforced polymer composites” (Advisors: G. Saha and M. Afzal)

 

University of Prince-Edward-Island

University of Prince Edward Island, School of Sustainable Design Engineering - Undergraduate Design Project Award - Ryan Myette, Angela Court, Peter Doiron, Tristan Dawsonfor their project entitled “Recycled Water Cleanliness Improvements” (Advisors: A. Hsiao and G. McSorley)

University of Prince Edward Island, School of Sustainable Design Engineering - Undergraduate Thesis - Award Laura Whelan for her project entitled “Automized Self-Checkout Kiosk for the UPEI Library”  (Advisors: A. Farooque and B. Acharya)

 

Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University, Engineering Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Undergraduate Design Project - Award Karen Esau for her project entitled “Effective use of a variable rate blower fan on a mechanical low bush blueberry harvester” (Advisor: Q. Zaman)

Dalhousie University, Engineering Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Graduate Thesis Award (MSc) - Salamat Ali for his project entitled “Effect of harvesting time on berry losses during mechanical harvesting of wild blueberries” (Advisor: Q. Zaman)