RSC Medals & Awards

Alice Wilson Award
Bancroft Award
Centenary Medal
Flavelle Medal
Award in Gender Studies
Henry Marshall Tory Medal
Innis Gérin Medal
J.B. Tyrrell Historical Medal
John L. Synge Award
Konrad Adenauer Research Award
Lorne Pierce Medal
McLaughlin Medal
McNeil Medal
Miroslaw Romanowski Medal
Pierre Chauveau Medal
Rutherford Memorial Medals
Sir John William Dawson Medal


Diploma

Alice Wilson Award

To a woman of outstanding academic qualifications who is entering a career in scholarship or research at the postdoctoral level.

Awarded: Anually
Next deadline: March 1, 2015

The Alice Wilson Award was established by the RSC in 1991, at the behest of the Committee for Advancement of Women in Scholarship, to honour the memory of Alice Evelyn Wilson (1881-1964), FRSC, the first woman elected to the RSC (1938). Dr. Wilson was a world-renowned palaeontologist and one of Canada’s foremost geologists. Her career with the Geological Survey of Canada lasted from 1909 to 1946, while she advanced from museum assistant to geologist. In addition to her research contributions, she brought geology to the public, especially to children, in many ways.

The award is given yearly to three women of outstanding academic qualifications in the Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences or Science who are entering a career in scholarship or research at the postdoctoral level.

The recipient is chosen from the current year’s female winners of postdoctoral fellowships from one of three granting Councils - the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), by yearly rotation. The award consists of a diploma and a cash amount of $1,000 and is offered every year.

CIHR NSERC

SSHRC


Diploma

Bancroft Award

For instruction and research in the science of geology.

Awarded: Biennally
Next deadline: March 1, 2016

The Bancroft Award was endowed by Mrs. J.A. Bancroft in 1968 for instruction and research in the science of geology to honour Joseph Austin Bancroft (1882-1957), FRSC who was Dawson Professor at McGill University, 1913-1929.

The award is given for publication, instruction, and research in the earth sciences that have conspicuously contributed to public understanding and appreciation of the subject. It consists of a diploma and is offered every two years if there is a suitable candidate.


Centenary

Centenary Medal

For outstanding contributions to the objectives of the Society.

Awarded: Irregular intervals

The Centenary Medal was created in 1982 to honour individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the object of the RSC and to recognize links to international organizations.

Those who received it during the centenary celebrations of the Society are listed in the Proceedings for 1982. Since then the medal has been awarded by decisions in Council, at irregular intervals, in recognition of exceptional achievements in scholarship and research.


Flavelle

Flavelle Medal

For meritorious achievement in biological science.

Awarded: Biennally
Next deadline: March 1, 2016

The Flavelle Medal was established in 1924 and was endowed by Sir Joseph Wesley Flavelle (1858-1939), a financier and businessman.

The medal is awarded for an outstanding contribution to biological science during the preceding ten years or for significant additions to a previous outstanding contribution to biological science. The gold plated silver medal is offered every two years if there is a suitable candidate.


Diploma

Award in Gender Studies

For contributions to furthering our understanding of issues concerning gender.

Awarded: Biennally
Next deadline: March 1, 2016

The Award in Gender Studies was established by the RSC in 1999, through the generous donation of Fellows, to recognize significant contributions by a Canadian scholar in the humanities and social sciences to furthering our understanding of issues concerning gender.

The award, in the form of a diploma, is offered every two years if there is a suitable candidate. 


Henry Marshall Tory

Henry Marshall Tory Medal

For outstanding research in any branch of astronomy chemistry, mathematics, physics, or an allied science.

Awarded: Biennally
Next deadline: March 1, 2015

The Henry Marshall Tory Medal was established in 1941 by Henry Marshall Tory (1864-1947), FRSC. Founder of the Universities of British Columbia and Alberta, the National Research Council Laboratories and Carleton University, and President of the RSC (1939-1940), he bequeathed funds upon his death in 1947 to endow the medal.

The medal is awarded for outstanding research in a branch of astronomy, chemistry, mathematics, physics, or an allied science, carried out mainly in the eight years preceding the date of the award, but all the research of the candidate is taken into account. The gold plated silver medal is offered every two years if there is a suitable candidate.


Innis Gerin

Innis-Gérin Medal

For a distinguished and sustained contribution to the literature of the social sciences.

Awarded: Biennally
Next deadline: March 1, 2016

The RSC established a medal in 1966 to honour economic historian Harold A. Innis (1894-1952), FRSC and sociologist Léon Gérin (1863-1951), FRSC, who were Presidents of the RSC from 1946-1947 and 1933-1934 respectively.

The medal is awarded for a distinguished and sustained contribution to the literature of the social sciences including human geography and social psychology. The bronze medal is offered every two years if there is a suitable candidate.


Tyrrell

J.B. Tyrrell Historical Medal

For outstanding work in the history of Canada

Awarded: Biennally
Next deadline: March 1, 2016

The J.B. Tyrrell Historical Medal was established in 1927 and was endowed by Joseph Burr Tyrrell (1858-1957), FRSC, a geologist, geographer, explorer, engineer and amateur historian, for the furtherance of the knowledge of the history of Canada.

The medal is awarded for outstanding work in the history of Canada. The gold plated silver medal is offered every two years if there is a suitable candidate.


Diploma

John L. Synge Award

To acknowledge outstanding research in any of the branches of the mathematical sciences.

Awarded: Irregular intervals
Next deadline: March 1, 2016

The John L. Synge Award was established in 1986 by the RSC to honour John Lighton Synge (1897-1995), FRS, FRSC, one of the first mathematicians working in Canada to obtain international recognition through research in mathematics. Professor Synge, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, was Head of the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Toronto and later a senior Professor at the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies. He was the first recipient of the Henry Marshall Tory Medal of the RSC. The award was endowed by friends of J.L. Synge, RSC Fellows, the McLean Foundation and his daughter, Cathleen Synge Morawetz, FRSC.

The award is given for outstanding research in any of the branches of the mathematical sciences. In cases where there are two or more strong candidates, some preference is given to those whose age is not over forty in the year of the award. It consists of a diploma and is offered at irregular intervals if there is a suitable candidate.


Konrad Adenauer Award

Konrad Adenauer Research Award

To promote academic collaboration between Canada and the Federal Repubic of Germany.

Awarded: Anually
Next deadline: March 1, 2015

On the occasion of his visit to the University of Toronto in 1988, the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Helmut Kohl, announced the establishment of the Konrad Adenauer Research Award. The Award, created to promote academic collaboration between Canada and the Federal Republic of Germany, is available to be awarded annually to a Canadian scholar in the humanities or social sciences. The Award is presented to honour the scholar's entire academic record. The recipient is invited to carry out a research project of his/her choice in Germany, in cooperation with German colleagues, for a period of up to one year. The Award can amount up to €50,000.

Scientists and scholars from Canadian universities and research institutions may nominate Canadian scholars of international renown in the humanities and social sciences for the Konrad Adenauer Research Award.

Questions Notes on Nominations Nomination Form

Pierce

Lorne Pierce Medal

For an achievement in critical or imaginative literature.

Awarded: Biennally
Next deadline: March 1, 2016

The medal was established in 1926 by Lorne Pierce (1890-1961), FRSC, who was Editor of Ryerson Press for forty years and contributed greatly to the development and appreciation of Canadian literature.

The medal is awarded for an achievement of special significance and conspicuous merit in imaginative or critical literature written in either English or French (critical literature dealing with Canadian subjects has priority over critical literature of equal merit that does not deal with Canadian subjects). The gold plated silver medal is offered every two years if there is a suitable candidate. 


McLaughlin

McLaughlin Medal

For important research of sustained excellence in medical science.

Awarded: Annually
Next deadline: March 1, 2015

The McLaughlin Medal was established in 1978 by the RSC through the generosity of the R. Samuel McLaughlin Foundation to recognize distinguished achievement in medical sciences in Canada.

The medal is awarded for important research of sustained excellence in any branch of medical sciences. The gold plated silver medal is awarded every year if there is a suitable candidate.


McNeil

McNeil Medal

For the public awareness of science.

Awarded: Annually
Next deadline: March 1, 2015

The McNeil Medal for the Public Awareness of Science was established in 1991 through the generosity of McNeil Consumer Healthcare. It is intended to highlight the important role that science plays within our society and to encourage the communication of science to students and the public. 

The medal is awarded to a candidate who has demonstrated outstanding ability to promote and communicate science to students and the public within Canada (the term public is defined in its broadest sense). The bronze medal and a cash amount of $1,500 are awarded every year if there is a suitable candidate. 

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Romanowski

Miroslaw Romanowski Medal

For scientific work relating to environmental problems.

Awarded: Annually
Next deadline: March 1, 2015

The Miroslaw Romanowski Medal was established in 1994, at the generous bequest of the estate of internationally renowned metrologist Miroslaw Romanowski.

The medal is awarded for significant contributions to the resolution of scientific aspects of environmental problems or for important improvements to the quality of an ecosystem in all aspects - terrestrial, atmospheric and aqueous - brought about by scientific means. The bronze medal and a cash amount of $3,000 are awarded every year if there is a suitable candidate. An annual lecture series for the award recipient is also associated to the medal.


Chauveau

Pierre Chauveau Medal

For a distinguished contribution to knowledge in the humanities.

Awarded: Biennally
Next deadline: March 1, 2015

The Pierre Chauveau Medal was established in 1951 to honour the memory of Pierre J.O. Chauveau (1820-1890), FRSC, writer, orator, educator, Canadian statesman and the second President of the RSC (1883-1884). He was the first Premier of Quebec (1867-1872) and Speaker of the Senate (1874).

The medal is awarded for a distinguished contribution to knowledge in the humanities other than Canadian literature and Canadian history. The silver medal is offered every two years if there is a suitable candidate.


Rutherford

Rutherford Memorial Medals

For outstanding research in physics and in chemistry.

Awarded: Annually
Next deadline: March 1, 2015

The Rutherford Memorial Medals were established in 1980 by the RSC in memory of Lord Rutherford of Nelson, a great scientist and a leader in nuclear research. They replace the Rutherford Memorial Scholarship founded in 1952 thanks to donations from the Lord Rutherford Memorial Fund.

The medals are awarded for outstanding research in any branch of physics and chemistry and in recognition of Lord Rutherford’s own research carried out in Canada at a relatively young age. Some preference will be given to candidates whose age is not over forty in the year of the award. Each gold plated silver medal is offered every year if there is a suitable candidate.


Dawson

Sir John William Dawson Medal

For important contributions of knowledge in multiple domains.

Awarded: Biennally
Next deadline: March 1, 2015

The Sir John William Dawson Medal was established in 1985 by the RSC to honour the man who was its first President (1882-1883) and who was the foremost Canadian scientist and educator of his day: geologist, naturalist, teacher, author, man of religion, educational administrator and promoter of learning. The medal was endowed by McGill Graduates Society (founded by Sir William in 1857), the Henry Birks Foundation and the RSC itself, with contributions from Fellows, and staff and friends from McGill, to commemorate his term as Principal and to honour “the man who built McGill”.

To commemorate Dawson’s great versatility, the award is made for important and sustained contributions in two domains of interest to the RSC or in interdisciplinary research. The silver medal is awarded every two years if there is a suitable candidate.

The RSC Awards and Medals Committee shall serve as the selection committee.