Students

Student Competitions

Robert G. Auld Student Paper Competition
Reg Friesen Student Oral Paper Award
SNC Lavalin Plant Design Competition
Student Pitch Competition

Robert G. Auld Student Paper Competition

Sponsored by the Robert G. Auld Fund and Imperial Oil Ltd.

This competition allows students to speak on any aspect of chemical engineering. This can include work experience as well as a design or research project. This paper is of a technical nature.

Eligibility

Any undergraduate student currently enrolled in a Canadian chemical engineering program.

Deadline

September 23, 2013

Award

First prize: $300 and a plaque
Second prize: $200 and a certificate
Third prize: $150 and a certificate
Prizes will be announced at the Undergraduate Student Banquet.

Abstract Submission

Submit an abstract including the title, presenters name(s) and a brief summary (100 to 200 words) of your talk.

Talk Format

The oral presentations will be 15 minutes in length including a 2-3 minute question period. LCD and laptop will be provided.

Judging

There will be a panel of 3 judges representing industry, government and academia.

Questions and abstracts should be sent to: awards@cheminst.ca

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Reg Friesen Student Oral Paper Award

Sponsored by the Chemical Education Division of the Chemical Institute of Canada

This competition is intended to encourage students to present papers of general interest concerning the following: critical evaluation of their educational experiences; innovative learning/teaching strategies and materials; other topics that address chemistry or chemical engineering education. This is a non-technical presentation.

Eligibility

This competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students presenting an oral nontechnical paper at the Student Program sessions of the national CSChE conference.

Deadline

September 23, 2013

Award

First prize: $350 and a certificate
Second prize: $150 and a certificate
Prizes will be announced at the Undergraduate Student Banquet.

Abstract Submission

Abstracts should include the title, presenters name(s) and a brief summary (100 to 200 words) of your talk.

Talk Format

The oral presentations will be 15 minutes in length including a 2-3 minute question period. LCD and laptop will be provided.

Judging

A panel of 3 judges representing industry, government and academia.

Questions and abstracts should be sent to: awards@cheminst.ca
This award is administered by the CIC Chemical Education Division of the Chemical Institute of Canada.

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SNC Lavalin Plant Design Competition

Sponsored by SNC-Lavalin

The Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering offers the SNC-LAVALIN Undergraduate Plant Design Competition for students enrolled in undergraduate chemical engineering programs at Canadian Universities.

Eligibility

Individuals and groups of undergraduate students registered in chemical engineering programs in Canadian universities during the academic year. As most design projects are carried out in the final year courses, recent graduates are also eligible to apply. To minimize the number of projects to be judged, each chemical engineering department may only submit one entry.
Maximum size of team: 5 students

Deadline

May 31, 2013

Awards

Individual Prizes: Each team member of the first place team will receive a certificate as well as a one year CSChE undergraduate membership. (For those who are recent graduates, the prize will provide an undergraduate member discount towards your upgraded membership.) Second and third place team members will receive certificates.
Team Prize: The top team will receive a cash award of $1,000.

Travel assistance: Each of the 3 finalist teams may claim up to $350 in travel costs/team to assist with travel to the CSChE Conference. To claim the reimbursement, the team should forward $350 in receipts to the Awards Manager following the conference.

Judging

All entries will be evaluated in 2 stages by a panel of 3 judges drawn from industry, government and academia. The best 3 entries will be chosen in preliminary judging and these teams will be invited to present their projects during a PowerPoint presentation to be held at the Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference where the judges will make their final decision.

Design Topic

Please provide your project in electronic format (on CD, not e-mail) to the CSChE Awards Manager. Entries for the competition should contain the following:

  • a list of students who performed the work, with their permanent addresses and e-mail addresses
  • a short summary, including a simplified flow sheet of the process
  • a copy of the final report submitted to the university at the end of the project
  • the name of the collaborating organization and the engineers who assisted the students and
  • the submitting Professor/Department must provide a 1-2 pages “List of Arguments” stating the reasons the project:
  1. is above level of expectations in terms of quality and/or complexity
  2. contain elements of creativity or novelty and
  3. required knowledge and /or work exceeding the expected level of undergraduate chemical engineering students.
  • Statements should be precisely formulated as “bullets”; generalities should be avoided.
  • The ratio between process information/data given to the students by Professors and Industrial advisors versus the data and information the students had to find themselves is different for each submission. Therefore to assist in fairly judging the competition, each submitting Professor/Department must provide a summary statement of the initial information provided to the students as well as information regarding the subject plant such as:
  1. Is it an improvement/expansion of an existing plant?
  2. Is it a new plant and similar or identical plant exists?
  3. Is it a new plant and similar or identical plants do not exist?

Confidentiality

Entries should be accompanied by a letter from the head of the department of chemical engineering, indicating that the information is not confidential.

Submit nominations to:

Gale Thirlwall

Awards Manager
SNC Lavalin Competition
Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering
130 Slater Street, Suite 550
Ottawa, ON
K1P 6E2

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Student Pitch Competition

Following in the spirit of Monday’s workshops, students will be encouraged to do a short, 60 second elevator pitch on a project or business idea in front of a panel of judges from the Fredericton entrepreneurial community. Prizes will be awarded to the best pitches in the Technical (for-profit) and Social (non-profit) Entrepreneurship categories.

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Questions? Contact the Awards Manager at 613-232-6252 ext. 223 or gthirlwall@cheminst.ca

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