Award and Scholarship Winners

Awards

The Governor General's Academic Medal

Silver

The SILVER medal is awarded to the undergraduate who achieves the highest academic standing upon graduation from a bachelor degree program. The number of silver medals awarded by each university shall be determined by its full-time equivalent (FTE) undergraduate enrolment:

  • 1 medal – under 15,000 students
  • 2 medals – 15,000 to 25,000
  • 3 medals – more than 25,000.

Silver Medal Recipients

Year Winner
2019 Lia Formenti (Physics)
2015 Mateusz Buraczynski (Theoretical Physics)
2010 Aidan Brown (Physics)
2010 Jonathan Grossauer (Theoretical Physics)
2004 Illya Tolokh (Theoretical Physics)

Gold

The GOLD medal is awarded to the student who achieves the highest academic standing at the graduate level. The number of gold medals awarded by each university shall be determined by its full-time equivalent (FTE) graduate enrolment:

  • 1 medal – under 2,500 students
  • 2 medals – 2,500 to 5,000
  • 3 medals – more than 5,000.

Gold Medal Recipients

Year Winner
2020 Ryan Dunlop
2016 Calvin Tabert
2011 Adam Pound
2004 Roland Haas

 

Amount: One award of a medal.

This medal is awarded to a graduating student in the Spring semester or the previous Fall or Winter Semesters. Application is not required.

Qualifications: Student who has completed semester 8 of any of the majors in Physics and who has obtained the highest cumulative average in the required Physics courses of that program, normally taken in semester 5 to 8.

Recipients

Year Winners
2022 Anton Naim Ibrahim
Callum Wareham
2021 Ryan Curry
Jay Florica
2020 Liam Schmidt
2019 Devin Hymers
Lia Formenti
2018 Daniel Hortelano-Roig
2017 Eric Bergmann
2016 William Dawkins
2015 Mateusz Buraczynski
2014 Hillary Dawkins
2013 Stephen Glazier
2012 Matthew O'Halloran
2011 Andrew S. Jamieson
2010 Jonathan Grossauer
2009 Kyle Manchee
2008 Amanda O'Halloran
2007 Patrick J. Bonnick
2006 Colleen Bailey
2005 Adam Pound
2004 Illya Tolokh
2003 Shawn Fostner
Andrew Phillips
2002 Michael Parent
Anne Liptak
2001 Michael  Fleischauer
2000 Erin Barnett
1999 Lauren MacArthur
1998 Theodore Hopman
Hendrick De Haan
1997 Jennifer Medlock
Marc Allard

 

Amount: One award of a medal. 

This medal is awarded to a graduating student in the Spring semester.

Qualifications: A student who has completed semester 8 of the B.Sc. Nanoscience degree program and who has obtained the highest cumulative average in the required Nanoscience courses of that program. Semester(s): 8. 

Recipients

Year Winner
2022 Ethan Watt
2021 Benjamin Morling
2020 Aidan Maxwell
2019 Nicholas van Heijst
2018 Sara Mathews
2017 Joseph Cirone
2016 Megan Cowie
2015 Steven Large
2014 Grant Walters
2012 Isdin Oke

Scholarships

The awards will be made to the top 3 highest combined averages in PHYS*2240 and PHYS*2330. Application is not required.

In a time when the church was law, Copernicus took a stand and defended his theories of the cosmos.  The 16th Century scholar proposed that the Sun, and not the Earth, was the centre of the solar system, triggering the Copernican Revolution and laying the ground work for the Scientific Revolution  which followed.

Amount: Three awards of $1,000.

Qualifications: Students registered in a major offered by the Department of Physics with a minimum 80% average, and who have completed PHYS*2240 and PHYS*2330 in the previous academic semester.

Recipients

Year Winners
2022 Matthew Burrows-Balka
Christopher Faeth
Jason Froats
2021 Ashley Geddes
Quaid Hawkins
Ricky Summerlin
2020 Joshua Cadogan
Elijah Kent
Callum Wareham
2019 Anton Naim-Ibrahim
Michael Stuck
Jay Florica
2018 Liam Schmidt
2017 Chandler Ross
2016 Devin Hymers
Lia Formenti
2015 Eric Bergmann
Riley Lynch
Jeffrey De Vlugt
2014 William Dawkins
Dylan Kisliuk
Lauren Taylor
2013 Kristy Rieck
James Thompson
Joseph Turko
2012 Hillary Dawkins 
Andrew Finlay
Shaun Pepper
Andre Hupe
2011 Hannah Mulchay
John Atkinson
Boris Pavlovic
Andrew Tan
2010 Adam Epstein
Jeffrey Gaudet
Kevin Sinclair
Alissa Tedesco
2009 Amanda Devries
Timothy Lambert
Bethanie Nonkes
Matthew O'Halloran
Adrian Vantyghem
2008 Matthew Barrett
Aidan Brown
Jonathan Grossauer
Jonathan Loranger
2007 Alyssa Hoseman
Natasha Holmes
Emily Szusz
Kent Fisher
Kyle Manchee
Ryan Dunlop
2006 Wesley Ernst
John McCuaig
Brent Millar
Miranda Schmidt 
Chad Smithson
Meaghan Ward
2005 Dale Edwards
Amanda O'Halloran
David Hogenbirk
Michael Jarrett
2004 Lindsay Baker
Michael Jensen
Monika Michalek
Jennifer Tunks
2003 Colleen Bailey
Paul Finlay
Nathan Killoran
Keri McQuinn
Aron Pasieka
2002 Mark Bird
Robert Diplock
Christiane Mallett
Michael Muchemu
Christopher Shurson
Illya Tolokh
2001 Ben Doyle
Sean Graham
Bronwyn Hyland
Andrew Phillips
2000 Jeffrey Beer
Shawn Fostner
Stephen Kamp
Samantha Lee
Michael Parent
Alexandra Rink
David Sone
Victor Young

 

In honour of University Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Physics, Peter A. Egelstaff. Application is not required.

Peter A. Egelstaff obtained his BSc (1946) and PhD 1954 in London England.  He emigrated to Canada in 1957 to take a position as group leader at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited in Chalk River, Ontario, for two years.  He moved back to the UK as Special Merit Senior Appointment at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment in Harwell, UK until 1970 when he returned to Canada to take up the position of Chair of the Department of Physics from 1970-75.  It was rumoured that during his five-year tenure the Physics Machine Shop was occupied solely by Peter's research work, which was in the field of neutron scattering for the determination of dynamics and structure of liquids. In 1980 Peter was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.  He retired in 1990 and  was honoured as University Professor Emeritus. Dr. Egelstaff passed away January 18, 2015, in his 90th year. 

Amount: One award of $500.

Qualifications: Student who has completed 12.5 course credits, is currently registered in one of the majors in Physics and has a high cumulative average (of at least 80%) in the required Physics courses normally taken in Years 2 & 3 of the major.

Recipients

Year Winner
2022 Stefan Mijatovic
2021 Josh Cadogan
2020 Sangeet-Pal Pannu
2019 Philip Lemaitre
2018 Matthew Dutcher
2017 Jeffrey De Vlugt
2016 Lauren Taylor
2015 Shaun Pepper
2014 Kristy Rieck
2013 Andrew Finlay
2012 Stephen Glazier
2011 John Malcolm
2010 William Anderson
2009 Matthew Barrett
2008 Bradley Leufkens
2007 Wesley Ernst
2006 Gregory Demand
2005 James Wong
2004 Paul Finlay
2003 Robert Diplock
2002 Sean Graham
2001  
2000 Tara Hargreaves

 

This graduate scholarship of has been established in memory of Professor Ross Hallett to honour his contributions to research in biophysics, as well as the academic life of the Department of Physics, the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and the University of Guelph. All eligible students will be considered by the Departmental Awards Committee. Recommendations from the advisory committee will be sought by the Awards Committee for a selected short list of students, or will be volunteered by the advisory committee. Considerations will begin on May 1st of each year. Selection will be based on academic achievement and demonstrated ability and/or potential in biophysics research. This award may only be held once. No application necessary.

Students registered in a graduate program offered by the Department of Physics whose research is in the field of biophysics.

Recipients

Year Winner
2021 Hurmiz Shamana
2020 Xiao Peng
2019 Erin Shelton
2018 Rachel Munro
2017 Ben Baylis
2016 Andrew Harris
2015 Daryl Good

Established in honour of J.L. (Iain) Campbell, former Provost and Vice-President (Academic), of the University of Guelph from 1995 to 2000 and former Dean of the College of Physical and Engineering Science from 1987 to 1995. Application is not required.

Iain Campbell was born in Kilmarnock, Scotland, and received B.Sc. and PhD degrees from Glasgow University.  He emigrated to Canada in 1968 to join Guelph’s Physics Department.  He was Director of the Guelph Waterloo Physics Institute from 1984 to 1987, Dean of CPES from 1987 to 1995, and Provost and Vice-President Academic from 1995 to 2000.  He received an honorary DSc from Glasgow University in 1982, an honorary DTech from the University of Lund in Sweden in 1997, and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2003.  He was honoured as University Professor Emeritus and awarded the University’s Medal of Merit.  He is well known internationally for his work in Proton Induced X-Ray Emission (PIXE), and the computer software GUPIX developed by Campbell’s group has been supplied to over 140 ion beam analysis laboratories in 30 countries.

Amount: One award of $1,000.

Qualifications: Student who is currently registered in one of the majors in Physics and who has completed at least 12.50 credits, with a high cumulative average (at least 80%) in the required Physics courses normally taken in Year 2 and 3 of the major.

Recipients

Year Winner
2022 Ricky Summerlin
2021 Victoria Leaker
2020 Jay Florica
2019 Chandler Ross
2018 Lia Formenti
2017 Erin McGee
2016 Paula Boubel
2015 Lauren Taylor
2014 Shaun Pepper
2013 Jonathon Schulz-Beach
2012 Hannah Mulcahy
2011 Alissa Tedesco
2010 Cameron Harrop
2009 Kent Fisher
2008 Meaghan Ward
2007 Chad Smithson
2006 William Brown-Bury
2005 Keri McQuinn
2004 Nathan Killoran
2003 Keith Ladouceu
2002 Bronwyn Hyland
2001 Robert Martin

Established on honour of Professor Emeritus James L. Hunt, Medal of Merit recipient. The recipient will have achieved the highest cumulative average over 80%. This award cannot be held with any other awards offered by the Department of Physics. Application is not required.

Jim Hunt graduated from Guelph C.V.I., and received an Hon. B.A. from Queens, and an M.A. and PhD from the U of Toronto.  He has received both a provincial and a national teaching award. He was co-designer of the MacNaughton Building, and Chair of the committee which designed the Guelph Waterloo link used for joint graduate courses.  He received the University’s Medal of Merit in 1999.  

He was the organizer of the project to design the stained glass window cover for the MacNaughton Building entrance, and most recently he has been working on using physics to create anamorphic art.  Jim created the anamorph located in the MacNaughton Foyer, as well as the recently dedicated anamorph located in the Science Complex.  He also designed, with artist Allan Mackay, a large-scale outdoor anamorph which is on permanent display in Kitchener at the intersection of King and Frederick streets. 

Amount: One of $1,500

Qualifications: Students registered in any major offered by the Department of Physics that have completed 10.0 credits and have achieved a minimum 80% cumulative average.

Recipients

Year Winner
2022 Ashley Geddes
2021 Callum Wareham
2020 Anton Naim Ibrahim
2019 Liam Schmidt
2018 Devin Hymers
2017 Lia Formenti
2016 Charlie Pham
2015 William Dawkins
2014 Mateusz Buraszynski
2013 Hillary Dawkins
2012 Kevin Sinclair
2011 Kevin Sinclair
2010 Matthew O'Halloran
2009 Jonathan Grossauer
2008 Kyle Manchee
2007 Amanda O'Halloran

 

Amount: One award of $1,000.

In honour of University Professor Emeritus Innes K. MacKenzie. Not tenable with the Egelstaff Scholarship. Application is not required.

Qualifications: Students who have completed 12.5 course credits and are currently registered in one of the majors in physics. It is given to a student with a high cumulative standing (of at least 80%) in the required physics courses normally taken in Years 2 & 3 of the major.

Recipients

Year Winner
2022 Josh Cadogan
2021 Michael Stuck
2020 Victoria Leaker
2019 Kristine Keon
2018 Nawar Ismail
2017 Paula Boubel
2016 Erin McGee
2015 Dylan Kisliuk
2014 Jonathon Schulz-Beach
2013 Boris Pavlovic
2012 Andrew Tan
2011 Andrew Jamieson
2010 Lisa Esteves
2009 Jonathan Loranger
2008 Alyssa Hoseman
2007 Brent Miller
2006 Lindsay Baker
2005 Jennifer Rock
2004 Colleen Bailey
2003 Mark Bird
2002 Shawn Fostner
2001  
2000 Anne Liptak

 

Established by Earl B. MacNaughton, former head of the Department of Physics and founding Dean of the College of Physical Science. Application is not required.

Earl B. MacNaughton was born in Maple, Ontario. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a PhD in Physics and joined the Department of Physics in 1948. MacNaughton was instrumental in redesigning the physics curriculum and promoting research. He became the Head of Physics in 1956 and was Head of Physics & Math from 1961 to 1967.  In 1964 the University of Guelph was created, and MacNaughton soon became Associate Dean of Wellington College (1966-1970), and then Dean of the College of Physical Science from 1970-1981.  This building was named after him in 1986 for his outstanding contributions to the University as an educator and an academic administrator.  Dr. MacNaughton, was in his 96th year when he  died January 5, 2015.

Amount: One award of $500.

Qualifications: Student who has completed semester 5 and is currently registered in one of the majors in Physics and has a high cumulative average (at least 80%) in the required Physics courses normally taken in semesters 3, 4 and 5 of the major.

Recipients

Year Winner
2022 Wesley Schlenker
2021 Ryan Curry
2020 Ephraim (Gabe) Dublin
2019 Conner Zmudzki
2018 Kristine Keon
2017 Rebecca Frederick
2016 Dylan Kisliuk
2015 Perry Mahon
2014 Andrew Finlay
2013 Stephen Glazier
2012 Boris Pavlovic
2011 Adrian Vantyghem
2010 Corina Nantais
2009 Aidan Brown
2008 Natasha Holmes
2007 Dale Edwards
2006 David Hogenbirk
2005 Emilia Iles
2004 Adam Pound
2003 Christopher Shurson
2002 Andrew Phillips
2001  
2000 Robert McPhail

 

Established in honour of a distinguished Physics Professor Emeritus. Selection will be made to the student with highest cumulative average. Award may be held only once. No application required.

Ten years after obtaining her Masters in Physics in 1893, Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize in Physics along side her husband Pierre, and Henri Becquerel for their work on radioactivity and became the first woman to be awarded this prize.  In 1911 she was awarded a second Nobel Prize, this time in Chemistry. One of the most famous female scientists, Marie Curie’s legacy continues to live on today.

This award is made possible by a generous anonymous donation and is given to a fourth year student with the highest cumulative average and is not tenable with any other Department of Physics Scholarship. 

Amount: One award of $1,500

Qualifications: Students registered in any major offered by the Department of Physics who have completed a minimum of 15.0 credits and have achieved a minimum of 80% cumulative average.

Recipients

Year Winner
2022 Callum Wareham
2021 Anton Naim Ibrahim
2020 Liam Schmidt
2019 Devin Hymers
2018 Daniel Hortelano-Roig
2017 Charlie Pham
2016 William Dawkins
2015 Mateusz Buraczynski

 

Established in honour of Professor Emeritus Robin W. Ollerhead, Chair of the Department of Physics 1982-1993. The award cannot be held concurrently with another award from the Physics Department and can be held only once. No application required.

Robin W. Ollerhead obtained his BSc from the University of Western Ontario in 1959. He then went on to complete both his MSc (1960) and PhD (1964) at Yale University. After working as an Assistant Research Officer at Chalk River Nuclear Lab for several years, he joined the Department of Physics in 1968 and was Chair of the Department of Physics from 1983 to 1992.

Dr. Ollerhead was a member of the research group led by Arthur B. McDonald, who won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for “the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass”. The Breakthrough Prize Foundation also recognized the 2015 Nobel Prize winning research and Robin was among the winners of the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

Amount: One award of $1,750

Qualifications: Students registered in a major offered by the Department of Physics who have completed all required courses normally taken in the first 5 semesters of that major who has completed 12.5 credits and achieved a minimum 80% average in the required Physics courses normally taken in semesters 3, 4 and 5 of their major.

Recipients

Year Winner
2022 Danica Allen
2021 Elijah Kent
2020 Michael Stuck
2019 Ephraim Dublin
2018 Chandler Ross

 

Amount: One award of $900

This scholarship is awarded in the winter semester to the student with the highest cumulative average over 80%. This award is not tenable with any other Department of Physics scholarships . Application is not required.

Qualifications: Student who have completed a minimum of 10.0 credits up to a maximum of 19.75 credits and is enrolled in a physics major.

Recipients

Year Winner
2022 Elijah Kent
2021 Jay Florica
2019 Lia Formenti
2017 Eric Bergmann
2016 Rebecca Frederick
2015 Kristy Rieck
2014 Hillary Dawkins
2013 Hannah Mulcahy
2012 Alissa Tedesco
2011 Matthew O'Halloran
2010 Jonathan Grossauer
2009 Kyle Manchee
2008 Amanda O'Halloran
2007 Patrick Bonnick
2006 Patrick Bonnick
2005 Colleen Bailey
2004 Illya Tolokh
2003 Illya Tolokh

Amount: Two awards of $1,000. 

Qualifications: A student who is currently registered in the third year of the B.Sc. Nanoscience program and who has completed between 7.50 and 9.75 credits, with a cumulative average of at least 80%.

Application not required. 

Recipients

Year Winners
2022 Alexander MacKay    
Heather Robertson
2021 Ryan Cahalan
Hugh MacFarlane
2020 Kikaoseh Agweh
Kelvin Olivares
2019 Benjamin Morling
Ethan Watt
2018 Raoul Vaz
2017 Aidan Maxwell
Christoff Reimer
Nicholas van Heijst
2016 Bernard Ross
Kalati Ziyad
2015 Sara Matthews
Joseph Cirone
2014 Jordan Atchison
Megan Cowie
2013 Steven Large
Michael Zon
2012 Grant Walters
Amy Frederick
2011 Stephanie Charpentier

 

 

Amount: Two awards of $1,000. 

Qualifications: A student who is currently registered in the third year of the B.Sc. Nanoscience program and who has completed between 12.50 and 14.75 credits, with a cumulative average of at least 80%. 

Application not required. 

Recipients

Year Winners
2022 Lucy Bassman
Hugh MacFarlane
2021 Kelvin Olivares
Jonathan Quintal
Emily Wedde
2020 Benjamin Morling
Ethan Watt
2019 Raoul Vaz
2018 Aidan Maxwell
Nicholas Van Heijst
2017 Blair Tokiwa
2016 Joseph Cirone
Sara Matthews
2015 Megan Cowie
Jordan Atchison
2014 Steven Large
Michael Zon
2013  
2012 Grant Walters
Amy Frederick
2011 Isdin Oke
Lukas Stille

 

Amount: Two awards of $1,000. 

Qualifications: A student who is currently registered in the third year of the B.Sc. Nanoscience program and who has completed at least 17.50 credits, with a cumulative average of at least 80%. 

Application not required. 

Recipients

Year Winners
2022 Ethan Watt    
Emily Wedde
2021 Benjamin Morling
Mukesh Taank
2020 Aidan Maxwell
Christoff Reimer
2019 Nicholas Van Heijst
Bernard Ross
2018 Sara Matthews
Blair Tokiwa
2017 Joseph Cirone
Joel McBride
2016 Jordan Atchison 
Megan Cowie
2015 Steven Large 
Michael Zon
2014 Amy Frederick
Grant Walters
2013 Devin Burke
2012 Isdin Oke
Lukas Stille