CSTHA currently offers three biennial prizes: the Jarrell Prize for best article published in Scientia Canadensis; The Royal Society of Canada prize for best student presentation at the biennial conference; and the CSTHA prize for best student presentation at the biennial conference.
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The Jarrell Prize was established in 2015 in honour of CSTHA founding member, Dr. Richard Jarrell, who passed away in 2013. The biennial prize recognizes the best article published in Scientia Canadensis over the previous two years and comes with an award of $500.
- 2020-21: Sara Spike, “Mayflowers and Sleeping Johnnies: Nature-Study, Local Knowledge, and A.H. MacKay’s Phenological Research in Rural Nova Scotia, 1892-1925,” Scientia Canadensis 42, no. 1.
- 2018-19: Jennifer Hubbard. “The Global Repercussions of the 1947 Symposium on Fish Populations in Toronto: Scientific Networks and the Over-fishing Question.” Scientia Canadensis 40, no. 1.
- 2016-17: Catherine Carstairs. “The Environmental Critique of Water Fluoridation.” Scientia Canadensis 38, no. 1.
- 2014-15: Eda Kranakis. “Peak Oil Theory in Canada’s Globe and Mail: A Case Study of the Construction of Ignorance.” Scientia Canadensis 37, no. 1-2.
The Royal Society of Canada Prize
The Royal Society of Canada Prize is awarded to the best student presentation at the biennial conference, and comes with an award of $500, provided by The Royal Society of Canada.
- XIX Toronto, 2015: Brendan Cull. “Early Canadian Photographic Botanicals at the Exposition Universelle, Paris 1867.”
- XVIII Montreal 2013: Martin Theaker. “The Atlantic Triangle and Atomic Energy 1945-1953: A Missed Opportunity?”
- XVII Ottawa 2011: Jonathan Turner. “Science in Canada Following the Second World War: Solandt and the DRB.”
- XVI Quebec, 2009: Delia Gavrus. “Envisioning Cyclopropane at the University of Toronto: From Scientific Production to Medical Technology, 1925-1940.”
- XVI Toronto, 2007: Olivier Craig-Dupont. “Des «Beautés Naturelles» au Précambrien: la Scientifisation du Romantisme au Parc National de la Mauricie, 1968-1979”.
- XV Ottawa, 2005: Crystal Sissons. “Elsie MacGill: Feminist Engineer and ‘The Moving Force’ of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women, 1967-1970.”
Defining Moments Canada Prize
Awarded for the first time in 2021, the Defining Moments Canada Prize is awarded to the best student presentation at the biennial conference. The prize comes with an award of $500, provided by Defining Moments Canada.
- XXII Ottawa (virtual), 2021: Courtney Mrazek, “‘The most economical terms’: The Mi’kmaq and Health Care in Twentieth-Century Nova Scotia.”
The CSTHA Prize
The CSTHA Prize is awarded to the best student presentation at the biennial conference, and comes with an award of $250.
- XXII Ottawa (virtual), 2021: Michael Feagan, “A Better Class of Working Girls: Intersections of Class and Gender in Canadian Telegraph Operators, 1880-1910.”
- XXI Halifax, 2019: Katherine Crooks, “‘Lizzie’ of the Labrador, ‘Anauta’ in America: Performing Expertise and Racial Authenticity in North America’s Culture of Northern Exploration, 1905-1940.”
- XX London, 2017: Blair Stein, “’The Value of Wings:’ Geography, Technology, and Aerial Views at Trans Canada Air Lines, 1945–1955.”
- XIX Toronto, 2015: Anne Millar, “Women of Impact in the Materials, Metallurgy, and Mining Field in Canada.”
- XVIII Montreal 2013: James Morgan, “Lines Across Lines; early electrical transmission interconnections between Quebec, Ontario, and New York.”
- XVII Ottawa 2011: Matthew Wallace, “The Meteorological Service and the Growth of Atmospheric Science in Canada.”
- XVI Quebec, 2009: Michelle Hoffman, “Constructing School Science: Physics, Biology, and Chemistry Education in Quebec and Ontario Secondary Schools.”
- XVI Toronto, 2007: Dorotea Gucciardo, “Modernizing the Domestic Workshop: The Invasion of Electric Servants into Canadian Kitchens, 1920-40.”
- XV Ottawa, 2005: Jean-François Gauvin, “Objets Décoratifs au Collection de Recherche Sui Generis? l’abbé Nollet (1700-1770) au Musée Stewart de Montréal, 1983-2005.”
The CSTHA Best Thesis Prize
The CSTHA Best Thesis Prize recognizes a doctoral thesis that makes an original contribution to the history of science, technology, or medicine in Canada. The prize is awarded every two years and carries an award of $1000.