CCUBC Awards

The Canadian Council of University Biology Chairs (CCUBC) offers several awards each year. Please note that the nomination deadline for all Award is: May 31, 2024.

Undergraduate Paper Award

Canadian Council of University Biology Chairs
Undergraduate Paper Award


This award is available to students who conducted research while registered as a full-time student in any undergraduate biology program at a Canadian university. It is awarded to the undergraduate student who has the best and most innovative refereed journal article based on their undergraduate research, published or in press, in any national or international scientific journal. The work must have been published within two years of graduation. The article can be in any sub-discipline of Biology, in French or in English, but the student must be the first author. Applications should include:

  1. a letter of application,
  2. a reprint of the refereed journal article, and
  3. a letter of support from the student’s undergraduate research supervisor/advisor that outlines the significance of the research.

A single nomination per department will be forwarded to the CCUBC (info@ccubc.ca) by the Chair. Applications' deadline is: May 31, 2024. The award is valued at $250 and the letter of nomination will be posted on the CCUBC website along with a photo and short bio. The winners of the CCUBC award must agree to have a notification of their award published in a national publication, such as University Affairs and/or the CAUT Bulletin.

Graduate Student Research Prize

Canadian Council of University Biology Chairs 
Graduate Student Research Prize


This award is available to [a] full-time students registered in M.Sc. and Ph.D. biology programs at Canadian universities, or [b] recently completed graduate students (within 2 years of application). It is awarded annually to the graduate student who has the best and most innovative refereed journal article based on their graduate research, published or in press, in any national or international scientific journal. The article can be in any sub-discipline of Biology, in French or in English, but the student must be the first/senior author. 

Applications should include:

  1. a letter of application,
  2. a reprint of the refereed journal article, and
  3. a letter of support from the student’s graduate research supervisor/advisor.

The award is valued at $500. A single nomination per department will be forwarded to the CCUBC (info@ccubc.ca) by the Chair. Applications' deadline is: May 31, 2024. A description of the candidate and their work will be posted on the CCUBC website along with a photo. The winners of the award must agree to have a notification of their award published in a national publication, such as University Affairs and/or the CAUT Bulletin.

Science Promotion Prize

Canadian Council of University Biology Chairs
Science Promotion Prize


The CCUBC award is available to advocates for science in any branch of the media. It is awarded annually to honour individuals who make an outstanding contribution to the promotion of biology in Canada, through activities encouraging popular interest in science or developing science abilities. The individual may advocate and popularize biology, in French or in English. Applications' deadline is: May 31, 2024 and should be submitted to the CCUBC (info@ccubc.ca). Application should include a letter of nomination from a member of the CCUBC that outlines the candidate’s contribution to promoting biology. The award includes a plaque and the winner will be invited to present a talk at the CCUBC Annual Meeting. A description of the candidate and their work will be posted on the CCUBC website along with a photo. The winners of the CCUBC Science Promotion award must agree to have a notification of their award published in a national publication, such as University Affairs and/or the CAUT Bulletin.

Career Achievement Award

Canadian Council of University Biology Chairs
Career Achievement Award  


This award recognizes an individual whose achievements in research, service, and/or educational leadership made a significant impact in any field of biology. Applications should be submitted to the CCUBC (info@ccubc.ca) by May 31, 2024 and include a letter of nomination from a member of the CCUBC outlining the candidate’s achievements. The award consists of a plaque and travel expenses to the meeting. The winner of the award will be invited to present a talk at the CCUBC Annual Meeting. A description of the candidate and their work will be posted on the CCUBC website along with a photo. The winners of the CCUBC Career Achievement Award must agree to have a notification of their award published in a national publication, such as University Affairs and/or the CAUT Bulletin.