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 Undergraduate Design Project Award

Lee Preiss, Samuel Rawn, and Thomas Shoniker for a project entitled “Integrated Smart Brace and 2D Real-Time Motion Capture System for Clinical Rehabilitation Improvement (Advisor: Dr. John Runciman).
The University of Guelph

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (MSc)

Eric Birkenhauer for a thesis entitled “A Multifactor Analysis of Polymicrobial Wound Pathogenic Biofilms Using Conventional Assays, Nanoscale Imaging, and a Microfluidic Platform” (Advisor: Dr. Suresh Neethirajan).

CSBE/SCGAB FOUNDATION Undergraduate Scholarship

Jan Van Niekerk - 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. 

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

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (PhD)

Fahimeh Yazdanpanah for a thesis entitled “Evolution and stratification of off-gasses in stored wood pellets” (Advisors: Shahab Sokhansanj, Anthony Lau, Jim Lim).

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (MSc)

Jun Sian Lee for a thesis entitled “Calorific value of wood pellets” (Advisors: Shahab Sokhansanj, Anthony Lau).

Department of Bioresource Engineering - McGill University

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (MSc)

 Ms. Audrey Yank for a thesis entitled “Low pressure densification of rice husk and direct combustion of biomass in improved cook stoves” (Advisors: Professors Michael Ngadi and Robert Kok).

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (PhD)

 Dr. Winny Routray for a thesis entitled: “Effect of different extraction methods, environmental and post-harvest factors on yield of phenolic compounds from blueberry leaves” (Advisor: Professor Valérie Orsat)

CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Thesis Award

Antonio Camacho, Raquel Labranche, and Julie Quance  for their thesis entitled “Management of Water from a Coal Mine in Colombia” (Dr Grant Clark)

CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate  Design Project Award

Blake Bissonnette, Ulysse Blau, Nathalie Buzaglo,  and Jinhao Dong for their design entitled “Green Retrofit of a Church Parking Lot in Verdun” (Advisor: Dr. Grant Clark).

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering - University of Saskatchewan

CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Design Project Award

Jason Cousins, Ryan Green and Luke Lowenberger for a project entitled “Design of a cherry pitter for small intermediate cherry producers” (Advisor: Lope Tabil)

CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Thesis Award

Brennan Crooymans, Joel Denis, Jonathan Schuba, and Joshua Cote for a thesis entitled “Point row control for air seeders” (Advisors: Joel Gervais and Ross Welford).

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award

Kingsley Iroba for a thesis entitled “Effect of Pretreatment on the Breakdown of Lignocellulosic Matrix in Biomass Feedstock” (Advisor: Lope Tabil)

CSBE/SCGAB Poster Presentation Award

Ramanpreet Kaur Grewal for a poster entitled: Investigations on biocomposites from oat hull and biodegradable polymers”

Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba

CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Thesis Award

Samantha Symons for a thesis entitled “Phosphorus sorption capacity of potential sediment capping clay” (Advisor: N. Cicek).

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (MSc)

Amy La for a thesis entitled “Effectiveness of negative air ionization in reducing airborne porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PPRSV) and aerosols” (Advisor: Q. Zhang)

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (PhD)

Valery Agbor for a thesis entitled “Bioprocessing of lignocellulosics feedstock for biofuels and co-products via consolidated bioprocessing with the thermophilic bacterium, Clostridium thermocellum strain DSMZ 1237” (Advisors: D. Levin & N. Cicek)

CSBE/SCGAB Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

Taylor Kirouac - 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. 

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (PhD)

Mahdi Vaezi for a thesis entitled “Experimental and Techno-economic Studies of Pipeline Hydro-transport of Agricultural Residue Biomass to a Biorefinery” (Advisor: Amit Kumar).

Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnological Engineering – Université de Sherbrooke

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (PhD)

Sébastien Fournel for a thesis entitled  ‘’Combustion à la ferme de cultures énergétiques : influence de leurs propriétés physico-chimiques sur les émissions atmosphériques, prédiction de la composition des gaz et cadre de qualité de la biomasse agricole’’  (Advisor : Michèle Heitz)  

Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering – Université Laval

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (M.Sc.)

Alexandre Genois for a thesis entitled “Contribution au développement d'un procédé de conservation des haricots verts par la synergie de l'acétate de potassium électro-activé et d'un traitement thermique modéré / Contribution to the development of a preservation process of green pea by the synergistic effect of electro-activated potassium acetate and a moderate heat treatment” (Advisor: Dr. Mohammed Aider).

CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Design Project Award

Gabriel Collin, Hubert Soucy, and Alain Niyibizi for their design entitled “Système intégré d’acquisition de données d’une station de jaugeage/ Integrated data acquisition system of a gauging station” (Advisor: Dr. Robert Lagacé).

CSBE/SCGAB Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

Vincent Grégoire - 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.

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)

Équipe ULtrac : Raphaël Soucy-Gauthier(Leader), François Blais, Francis Desaulniers,  Pierre-Olivier Michaud , Nicholas Lefebvre, Alexandre Houle,  Cédric St-Pierre, Simon Archambault,  Alexandre Porlier , Jean-Gabriel Turgeon (Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering – Université Laval )

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dalhousie University

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (PhD)

Aitazaz A.Farooque for a thesis entitled “Performance Evaluation of a commercial Wild Blueberry Harvester using Precision Agricullture Technologies and Biosystems Modeling” (Advisor: Dr. Qamar Zaman).

University of Guelph/Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

CSBE/SCGAB Oral Presentation Award

Versa Bosak Zurowsky for a presentation entitled “On-farm management of potato wash-water and performance of land-based treatment system”