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





The University of Guelph

CSBE/SCGAB FOUNDATION  Undergraduate Scholarship - Isaac Thevathasan

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

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

Graduate Thesis Award (MSc) - Nawfal Adam Mungroofor a thesis entitled "SERS based Point-of-care Biosensing System for Food-borne Pathogen Detection"  (Advisor: Dr. S. Neethirajan).

 

University of Saskatchewan - Chemical and Biological Engineering

Graduate Thesis Award (MSc) - Samuel Emard-Ferre for a thesis entitled " Optimization of the Cleaning System of Grape Harvesters Using the Discrete Element Method"  (Advisor: V. Meda and M. Roberge)

 

McGill University - Department of Bioresource Engineering

Undergraduate Paper Competition -  Patricia Gaudet, Lara Hendry, Thanh Jutras for a paper entitled “Growing System for the Food Security in Northern Canada (SINC) Unit (Advisors: M. Lefsrud and G. Clark).

Undergraduate Design Project Award - Brett Bennett, Meaghan Dustin, Yasmeen Hitti, Stephen McGuire for a project entitled “Reducing Driver Fatigue During Forage Harvesting” (Advisors: V. Adamowski and G. Clark).

Graduate Thesis Award (PhD) - Kiruba Krishnaswamy for a thesis entitled “Green Nano-technology Approach for Synthesis and Encapsulation of Gold Nano-particles from Agricultural Waste” (Advisor: V. Orsat).

Graduate Thesis Award (MSc) -  Sai Kranthi Kumar Vanga for  a project entitled “Thermal and Electric Field Effects on Peanut Protein Using Molecular Modelling and In-Vitro Digestibility” (Advisor: V. Raghavan)

CSBE/SCGAB FOUNDATION Undergraduate Scholarship -  Nardine Youssef Kamal Hanna

ASABE  ¼ Scale Tractor Student Design Competition - Bao Chau Bui, Connor Miller, Francis St-Aubin, Leo Mcguire, Marc Massicotte, Mark Cool, Rachelle Prud’homme, Youssef Nabieh, Pierce Dias Carlson, Françoys – Xavier Stephenson, Brett Benett, Antoine Pouliot, Trevor Stanhope, Steven McGuire, Maxime Leclerc (Leader)

 

The University of British Columbia - Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Graduate Thesis Award (MSc) - Hamid K Hamedani for a thesis entitled “Logistics modeling of biomass supply chain in Ontario” (Advisors: Drs. S. Sokhansanj and A. Lau).

Graduate Thesis Award (PhD) - Ladan Naimi for a thesis entitled “A study of cellulosic biomass size reduction” (Advisors: Drs. S. Sokhansanj, X. Bi and J. Lim).

 

Dalhousie University - Department of Mechanical Engineering

Graduate Thesis Award (MSc) - Muhammad W Jameel for a thesis entitled "Effect of crop characteristics and machine parameters on berry losses during wild blueberry harvesting" (Advisor: Dr. Q. Zaman).

Graduate Thesis Award (PhD) - Travis J Esau for a thesis entitled "Smart sprayer for spot-application of agrochemical in wild blueberry fields" (Advisor: Dr. Q. Zaman).

 

University of Prince Edward Island - School of Sustainable Design Engineering

Undergraduate Design Project Award - Luke Bennett, Alexander Gamble and Art Ortenburger for a project entitled “The Development of an Electro-Mechanical Rock Removal System for a Potato Harvester”  (Advisors:  Dr. A. Hsiao and Mr. B. Smyth)

Undergraduate Design Project Award - Javon Mayhew, Andrew Simmons, Anthony Parker  for a project entitled “The Development of an Automated Lobster Meat Removal System”  Advisors (Dr. Amy Hsiao and Mr. Brian Smyth)

 

Université Laval - Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering

ASABE  ¼ Scale Tractor Student Design Competition - Équipe ULtrac : R. Soucy-Gauthier (Leader), L.-É. Lessard, F. Desaulniers, P.-O.  Michaud, N. Lefebvre, A. Houle, C. St-Pierre, S. Archambault, V. Chabot, V. Grégoire

CSBE/SCGAB FOUNDATION Undergraduate Scholarship - Jérémie Bonneau

Graduate Thesis Award (MSc) - Noura Saïed for a thesis entitled " Amélioration de l’extraction des sucres de la biomasse du millet perlé sucré et du sorgho sucré pour une éventuelle production de bioéthanol / Improving the extraction of sugars from sweet pearl millet and sweet sorghum biomass for eventual production of bioethanol" (Advisor: Dr. M. Khelifi).

Graduate Thesis Award (PhD) - Vincent Pelletier for a thesis entitled " Développement d'une approche intégrée pour la gestion de l'eau en production de canneberges / Development of an integrated approach for water management in cranberry production" (Advisors: Drs. J. Gallichand and S. Pepin).

Undergraduate Design Project Award - Alexandre Houle, Raphaël Soucy-Gauthier, Cédric St-Pierre for their project entitled “Conception d’une transmission d’un mini tracteur / Design of a mini tractor transmission” (Advisor: Dr. M. Khelifi)

 

University of Alberta - Department of Mechanical Engineering

Graduate Thesis Award (MSc) - Ezinwa Agbor for a thesis entitled “ Biomass Co-firing with Coal and Natural Gas” (Advisor: A.Kumar)

Graduate Thesis Award (MSc) - S. M. Hassan Shahrukh  for a thesis entitled “Energy Return on Investment and Techno-economics of Pellet Production from Steam Pretreated Biomass” (Advisor: A. Kumar)

University of Manitoba - Department  of Biosystems Engineering

CSBE/SCGAB FOUNDATION Undergraduate Scholarship - Kirsten Bunge

 

University of Manitoba - Department  of Biosystems Engineering

CSBE/SCGAB FOUNDATION Undergraduate Scholarship - Taylor Kirouac

CSBE/SCGAB FOUNDATION Undergraduate Scholarship - Alain Lagasse 

Graduate Thesis Award (MSc) - Haider Abbas for a thesis entitled “Impact of overhead irrigation on nitrogen dynamics and marketable yield of potato” (Advisor: R. Sri Ranjan)

Graduate Thesis Award (PhD) - Senthilkumar Thiruppathi for a thesis entitled “Detection of fungal infections of different durations in canola, wheat, and barley and different concentrations of Ochratoxin A contamination in wheat and barley using near-infrared (NIR) hyperspectral imaging” (Advisor: D. Jayas)

Undergraduate Design Project Award - Jamie Cheung, Cliff Dueck, Taylor Kirouac, Jennifer Pieniuta and Alex Strike for a project entitled “Analysis and redesign of the McCain dumping system” (Course Instructor:  K. Dick)

Undergraduate Thesis Award - Cliff Dueck for a thesis entitled “Impact resistance and calorific values of oat hull pellets with algae binding agent” (Advisor: S. Cenkowski)

 

Graduate Student Poster Presentation

The University of Guelph, 1st Prize, Michael Lissemorefor the poster entitled “A Handheld device for rapid detection of food adulterants using bulk acoustic wave biosensors'  

McGill University,  2nd Prize, Faezeh Eslamianfor the poster entitled “Application of dolomitic hydrated lime as an amendment to reduce phosphorus leaching loss in pike river watershed' 

The University of Guelph, 3rd Prize, Isaac Thevathasanfor the poster entitled “In vitro characterisation of Camelina Sativa Antitumor Peptides against colorectal adenocarcinoma Cells' 

 

Graduate Student Oral Presentation

Saint Mary's University, Halifax,  1st Prize, Emily Ann Walker for the presentation titled 'Native-Planted Green Roofs serve as habitat for wild bees'

Dalhousie University, Agricultural Campus, Truro, 2nd Prize, Jie Yang for the presentation titled 'A Study of feasibility evaluation of biodiesel production from Camelina Sativa grown in Nova Scotia'

University of Guelph, 3rd Prize,  Abdulmonem Murayyan for the presentation titled  “Anticancer Activity of Ontario Grown Onion Varieties - An In-Vitro Study'