Student Award

The Canadian Association of Palynologists Annual Student Research Award was established in 2009 to recognize students’ contributions to palynological research. The award is open to any undergraduate or graduate student who is a member, in good standing, of CAP, regardless of their nationality or country of residence. The intent of the research award is to support student research with a strong palynological component. The award consists of a three-year membership in the Association and $200 to $500 CDN, to be put toward some aspect of the student’s research.

The application should consist of: 1) a one-page statement outlining the nature of the research project, its scientific importance, the approximate timeline to completion of the project, and the aspect of the research the funds would be directed toward; (2) a CV; and, (3) a letter of support from the student’s supervisor.

Applications may be submitted in French or English and should be submitted by email. Completed applications are due by March 1.

Submit applications by e-mail to Dr Anna Pieńkowski, CAP President (Anna[dot]Pienkowski[at]npolar[dot]no).

Note: Only one competition will take place every year, and the total amount of the award may be split between two applicants, at the discretion of the evaluation committee. There are no limit to the number of times a student can submit an application.


Past recipients of CAP Annual Student Research Award:

2020: Cale Gushulak, from Queen’s University, is the winner of 2020 CAP Student Research Award, for his research on Holocene climate history of Ontario’s northern boreal forest.

2019:  Emily Ellefson, from the University of Calgary, Canada and the Geological Survey of Canada – Calgary, is the winner of the 2019 CAP Student Research Award, for her research into The Early Cretaceous in the Richardson Mountains (Northwest Territories, Canada): palynological insights on the tectono-stratigraphic architecture of the Canadian Arctic mainland.

2018:  Sandy McLachlan, from the University of Victoria, Canada, is the winner of the 2018 CAP Student Research Award, for his research into Position and Paleoenvironmental Reconstructions of the Santonian-Campanian Boundary Event (SCBE), Nanaimo Group, British Columbia, Canada.

2017:  Magdalena Sobol, from the University of Toronto, Canada, is the winner of the 2017 CAP Student Research Award, for her research into High resolution Holocene paleoenvironmental reconstructions in Southern Africa using pollen, phytoliths, δ13C of soil organic matter and macrocharcoal proxies.

2016:  Michelle Chaput, from the University of Ottawa, Canada, was the winner of the 2016 CAP Student Research Award, for her research into Quantitative reconstruction of past land-cover in eastern North America using the Landscape Reconstruction Algorithm.

2015:  Kimberley Bell, from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, was the winner of the 2015 CAP Student Research Award, for her Ph.D. research into Biostratigraphy of Cretaceous and Paleogene strata in northern Yukon Territory and District of Mackenzie, Northwest Territories.

2014:  Andrea Price, from McGill University in Quebec, Canada, was the winner of the 2014 CAP Student Research Award, for her Ph.D. research into Dinoflagellate Cysts as Indicators of Water Quality in NE US Estuaries.

2013:  Emily Helmer, from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, was the winner of the 2013 CAP Student Research Award for her M.Sc. research into Late and Postglacial Paleoecology in southern Haida Gwaii.

2012:  Andrea M. Price, from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, was the winner of the 2012 CAP Student Research Award for her M.Sc. project on Late Quaternary Climatic and Oceanographic Changes in the North Pacific as Recorded by Dinoflagellate Cysts.

2011:  Laura May, from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, was the winner of the 2011 CAP Student Research Award for her M.Sc. project on Morphological Differentiation of Alder Pollen in Western North America.

2010:  Matthew Batina, from the University of Southern Mississippi, USA, was the winner of the 2010 CAP Student Research Award for his project on Comparative, High-Resolution Pollen Analysis of a Stratigraphic Bat Guano Deposit and Proximate Lake Record to Evaluate Guano’s Potential as a Paleoenvironmental Archive.

2009:  Susann Stolze, from Kiel University, in Germany, was the winner of the 2009 Canadian Association of Palynologists student research award. Susann received the award to put towards her PhD project: High-resolution temporal and spatial reconstruction of the vegetation history in western Ireland: Neolithic landnam and climatic oscillations during the Holocene.