NSERC prizes named for Canadian Nobel laureates

November 25, 2020 — People Stories
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Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced today that it will be honouring two of Canada’s recent Nobel laureates by launching prizes in their names that will highlight and help to foster Canadian research excellence.  

“This is a tremendous honour from NSERC.” said Dr. Art McDonald, Queen’s University Professor Emeritus, Director of SNO, and co-recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics. “I am particularly pleased because these Fellowships will support early-stage academic researchers at a critical point in their careers. I know that there will be wonderful results in future from these creative young Fellows who will be given time and resources to pursue an innovative new idea.” 

The Arthur B. McDonald Fellowships recognize early-stage academic researchers in the natural sciences and engineering and support them to enhance their research capacity, so that they can become global leaders in their field.  

The NSERC Donna Strickland Prize for Societal Impact of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research will be awarded annually to an individual or team whose outstanding NSERC-funded research has led to exceptional benefits for Canadian society, the environment and/or the economy. Each prize is valued at $250,000. The prizes were previously known as the EWR Steacie Memorial Fellowships and more than 220 have been offered since the prize was introduced in 1965. 

Read the full announcement on the Arthur B. McDonald Fellowships and the NSERC Donna Strickland Prize of the Societal Impact of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research at the NSERC website