The Office of the Vice President Research congratulates faculty members who have recently been awarded external prizes for outstanding research.
You can also view a listing of recent internal award recipients.
Major Recognition Awards & Honours
The Order of Canada is the country’s most distinguished civilian honour and has subsequently become the nation’s highest honour for lifetime achievement. The Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievements across all areas of Canadian society, acknowledging individuals contributions to the community and nation.
Julie Cruikshank (Anthropology)
Clyde Hertzman (Human Early Learning Partnership HELP)
David Scheifele (Division of Infectious and Immunological Diseases)
Gordon Semenoff (Physics & Astronomy)
Stephen Chatman (School of Music)
Jane Coop (formerly of the School of Music)
Robert Silverman (formerly of the School of Music)
Veronica Strong-Boag (Education) was honoured with the 2012 J.B. Tyrrell Historical Medal by the Royal Society of Canada, which is awarded "for outstanding work in the history of Canada." It is named in honour of Joseph Burr Tyrrell and is awarded every two years if there is a suitable candidate.
Julio Montaner (Division of AIDS) is honoured with the 2015 McLaughlin Medal from the Royal Society of Canada. Established in 1978, the medal is awarded for important research of sustained excellence in any branch of medical sciences.
Curtis Berlingette (Chemistry & Chemical & Biological Engineering)
Mark MacLachlan (Chemistry)
The Royal Society of Canada, Academy of Arts, Humanities and Sciences is Canada’s senior national body of distinguished scientists and scholars. Fellowship to the Royal Society of Canada is one of the most prestigious academic distinctions that can be attributed to a Canadian scholar. Individuals are selected based on their outstanding scholarly achievements on both a national and international level through published learned works or through original research in the arts, humanities and sciences
Samuel Aparicio (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine)
Charlotte Froese Fischer (Affiliate Professor,Computer Science)
Steven Heine (Psychology)
Tina Loo (History)
Bonny Norton (Language & Literacy Education)
Dominique A.M. Weis (Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences)
Joerg Bohlmann (Forest Science & Botany)
Robert Brunham (Division of Infectious Diseases)
Anthony P. Farrell (Zoology)
Roger Francois (Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences)
Joshua Mostow (Asian Studies)
Gail Murphy (Computer Science)
Pitman Potter (Law)
John Klironomos(Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences)
Harvey B. Richer (Physics and Astronomy)
Michael P. Richards (Anthropology)
David Wilkinson (Chemical and Biological Engineering)
Timothy Brook (History)
Richard Keith Humphries (Terry Fox Laboratory, BC Cancer Agency)
Peter M. Lansdorp (Terry Fox Laboratory, BC Cancer Agency)
Victor Leung (Electricial & Computer Engineering)
Douglas W. Oldenburg (Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences)
Jamie Peck (Geography)
Evan Thompson (Philosophy)
Trevor Barnes (Geography)
Geraldine Pratt (Geography)
Nemkumar Banthia (Civil Engineering)
Judith Hall (Medical Genetics and Pediatrics)
Patrick Keeling (Botany)
Peter Leung (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Wayne Maddison (Botany)
Steven Jones (Medical Genetics)
Inductees to the Royal Society's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.
represent the emerging generation of scholarly, scientific and artistic leadership in Canada.
Purang Abolmaesumi (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
Jehannine Austin (Psychiatry / Medical Genetics)
Molly Elizabeth Babel (Linguistics)
Roman Krems (Chemistry)
Shaylih Ryan Muehlmann (Anthropology)
Philippe D. Tortell (Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences)
Katherine White (Sauder School of Business)
Elizabeth Dunn (Psychology)
Trudeau fellowships are awarded to individuals who set themselves apart through their research achievements, their creativity, and their commitment to public issues of importance to Canada. Catherine Dauvergne (Law), is one of four recipients awarded this prestigious honour for 2012.
The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences recognizes individuals of great accomplishment and achievement in the academic health sciences in Canada. Election to fellowship in the Academy is considered one of the highest honours for individuals in the Canadian health sciences community and carries with it a covenant to serve the Academy and the future well-being of the health sciences.
Timothy Oberlander (Developmental Paediatrics)
Dana Devine (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine)
Michael MacEntee (Prosthodontics)
Jean Shoveller (School of Population & Public Health)
Colleen Varcoe (Nursing)
Roger Wong (Geriatric Medicine)
Steven J. M. Jones (Medical Genetics)
Adeera Levin (Nephrology)
Victor Ling (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine)
Kirk Raymond Schultz (Division of Hematology and Oncology & Pediatrics)
Garth Loren Warnock (Surgery)
Carolyn Gotay (School of Population and Public Health)
Kendall Ho (Emergency Medicine)
Elizabeth Saewyc (Nursing)
Jan Friedman (Medical Genetics)
Willam Honer (Psychiatry)
Andrei Krassioukov (Division of Rehabilitation Medicine)
Christian Naus (Cellular & Physiological Sciences)
Weihong Song (Psychiatry)
Eric Yoshida (Gastroenterology)
Established in 1994, the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame fosters future generations of health professionals through the celebration of our country’s rich medical history, scholarship program, and the delivery of both local and nationwide education programs for youth. Each year, up to six individuals are recognized for their extraordinary contribution to improving the health of Canadians and people world-wide.
Michael Hayden (Medical Genetics)
Max Cynader (Ophthalmology)
The premier honour for leadership in medical science in Canada, the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award is given to a Canadian who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in medicine and medical science consistent with the purpose of the Foundation.
Curtis Berlinguette (Chemical & Biological Engineering and Chemistry)
Kevin Leyton-Brown(Computer Science)
Mark MacLachlan (Chemistry)
Andrea Damascelli (Physics & Astronomy)
Ruth Signorell (Chemistry)
The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. Awarded annually since 1955, fellowships are given to individuals whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders.
Stephanie Waterman (Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences)
The AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society. Election is an honour bestowed upon members by their peers in recognition of scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.
Marc Parlange (Civic Engineering)
Kiran Soma (Psychology)
Laurel Schafer (Chemistry)
Steve Hallam (Microbiology and Immunology)
John Klironomos (Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences)
Daniel Pauly (Fisheries Centre and Zoology)
Beverley Green (Botany)
Judy Illes (Medicine)
Patrick Keeling (Botany)
Geoffrey Wasteneys (Botany)
The Prix Galien is the most prestigious award in the field of Canadian pharmaceutical research and innovation. Referred to as the Nobel Prize of pharmaceutical research, it recognizes the efforts and achievements of pharmaceutical research and development.
Brett Finlay (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/Microbiology and Immunology)
Robert Hancock(Microbiology and Immunology)
Pieter Cullis (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
A prestigious honorary society, the Academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, energy and global security, social policy and American institutions, and the humanities, arts, and education.
Sally Otto (Botany)
Janet Werker (Psychology)
Michael C. Whitlock (Zoology)
Philip Hieter (Medical Genetics / Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
This award honours the academic achievements of the award winner's lifetime. It recognizes academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.
Vijay Bhargava (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
Wolfgang Heidrich (Computer Science)
Thomas Oxland (Mechanical Engineering)
social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences and engineering. These awards are among Canada’s most distinguished research awards.
Dominic Lopes (Philosophy)
Susanna Braund (Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies)
Steve Withers (Chemistry)
The Canada Council for the Arts’ Killam Prizes are among Canada’s most distinguished research awards. The Killam Prizes are intended to honour distinguished Canadian scholars actively engaged in research in Canada in universities, hospitals, research or scientific institutes, or other similar institutions.
2017 (Health Sciences)
Vijay Bhargava (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
2011 (Health Sciences)
Michael Hayden (Centre for Molecular Medicine & Therapeutics)
Dennis Danielson, (English) was awarded the 2011 Konrad Adenauer Research Prize. The award is presented to honour lifetime academic achievement. Established through the generosity of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, this award is made to highly qualified Canadian scholars whose research work in the humanities or in the social sciences has earned international recognition.
Often characterized as “midcareer” awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.
The Gold Medal is SSHRC’s highest research honour. It is awarded to an individual whose sustained leadership, dedication and originality of thought have inspired students and colleagues alike.
The Manning Innovation Awards are awarded by the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation to recognize and encourage innovation in Canada. The award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated recent innovative talent in developing and successfully marketing a new concept, process or procedure.
Phil Hill (Mechanical Engineering)
Don Mavinic, (Civil Engineering)