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CMS Prizes and Awards

General

The following are the CMS prizes and awards.

  • Jeffery-Wiliams Prize
  • Krieger-Nelson Prize
  • Coxeter-James Prize
  • Doctoral Prize
  • Adrien Pouliot Award
  • CMS Excellence in Teaching Award
  • G. de B. Robinson Award
  • David Borwein Distinguished Career Award
  • Graham Wright Award for Distinguished Service

The deadline for nominations for the CMS prizes, except for the G. de B. Robinson Award which is not subject to a call for nominations, are as follows:

  • Jeffery-Wiliams Prize - June 30th (24 months prior to the summer meeting where the prize lecture is given),
  • Krieger-Nelson Prize - June 30th (24 months prior to the summer meeting where the prize lecture is given),
  • Coxeter-James Prize - June 30th (18 months prior to the winter meeting where the prize lecture is given),

  • For the Jeffery-Williams Prize, the Krieger Nelson Prize and the Coxeter James Prize, nominators should request at least three referees to submit letters directly to the Chair of the Research Committee by September 30th. Some arms length referees are strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should list the chosen referees, and should include a recent curriculum vitae for the nominee, if available.

  • Doctoral Prize - January 31st (10 months prior to the winter meeting where the prize lecture is given),
  • Adrien Pouliot Award - April 30th (7 months prior to the winter meeting where the award is presented),
  • CMS Excellence in Teaching Award - November 15th (7 months prior to the summer meeting where the award is presented),
  • G. de B. Robinson Award - Not applicable,
  • David Borwein Distinguished Career Award - November 15th (7 months prior to the summer meeting where the award is presented). Normally, at most two awards will be given in each even calendar year.
  • Graham Wright Award for Distinguished Service - March 31st (8 months prior to the winter meeting where the award is presented).

The Jeffery-Williams Prize, the Krieger-Nelson Prize, the Coxeter-James Prize and the Doctoral Prize are selected by the CMS Research Committee. The Jeffery-Williams and Krieger-Nelson prizes are presented at the CMS Summer Meeting and the Coxeter-James and Doctoral prizes at the CMS Winter Meeting. As these prizes are given at a meeting where the recipient is giving a plenary lecture, the prize will not be awarded to recipients who are unable to give the plenary lecture unless the CMS Board of Directors otherwise decides; and funds are provided for each recipient to attend the meeting and to receive the prize.

The Adrien Pouliot Award is selected by a sub-committee of the CMS Education Committee and the award is presented at the CMS Winter Meeting. Funds are provided to assist with the travel expenses of the recipient(s) in order that they may be present at the meeting to receive the Award.

The recipient is expected to give a talk at the meeting; either a plenary lecture, a talk in the education session or short talk as part of a social function. The nature of the talk will be determined by the prize recipient, the Meeting Director and the Chair of the Education Committee.

The CMS Excellence in Teaching Award is selected by a sub-committee of the CMS Education Committee and the award is presented at the CMS Summer Meeting. Funds are provided to assist with the travel expenses of the recipient in order that they may be present at the meeting to receive the Award.

The recipient is expected to give a talk at the meeting; either a plenary lecture, a talk in the education session or short talk as part of a social function. The nature of the talk will be determined by the prize recipient, the Meeting Director and the Chair of the Education Committee.

The G. de B. Robinson Award is selected by the CMS Publications Committee and the winner is announced at the CMS Winter Meeting. As limited funds are available for this award and, as it is likely the recipient is not a resident of Canada, the award is not necessarily presented at a CMS Meeting. It can be sent to the home institution with a request that it be presented at a suitable ``local'' event or, if feasible, it can be presented at a suitable venue in Canada - for example in conjunction with a lecture given by the recipient at a Canadian university or research institute.

Normally, the Jeffery-Williams Prize, the Krieger-Nelson Prize, and the Coxeter-James Prize are Canadian soapstone sculptures. The Adrien Pouliot Award is a gold etched blue glass award. The G. de B. Robinson Award and the Doctoral Prize are framed certificates. In addition to the travel expenses mentioned above, the Doctoral Prize consists of an award of $500, a framed certificate of achievement and a two-year complimentary membership in the CMS.

Details on the CMS Excellence in Teaching Award, the David Borwein Distinguished Career Award and the Graham Wright Award for Distinguished Service are given below.

In some cases, further information regarding the CMS prizes and awards can be found in the Terms of Reference of the appropriate standing committee.

Notification

The Chair of the appropriate committee will notify the CMS President and the Executive Director as soon as possible following the decision. Biographical information and the citation will be sent to the President and to the Executive Director at the same time as the notification of the decision. The Chair of the appropriate committee will informally notify the recipient unless it is more desirable that this is done by the President. Recipients will be advised that the decision must remain confidential until the Society officially releases the names. The official release will take place as soon as possible after the President and the Executive Director have received notification of the recipients.

The President will write an official letter of congratulations to each recipient, together with information on when the prize or the award will be presented and other details.

In consultation with the President and the Chair of the appropriate committee, the Executive Director will prepare the official release and ensure details are published in the CMS Notes.

CMS Excellence in Teaching Award

The CMS Excellence in Teaching Award for post-secondary undergraduate teaching in Mathematics was created to ``recognize sustained and distinguished contributions in teaching at the post-secondary undergraduate level at a Canadian institution''. The first award was presented in 2004.

Criteria for Selection

The Award is to recognize sustained and distinguished contributions in teaching at the post-secondary undergraduate level at a Canadian institution.

Any full-time university, college, two-year college, or CEGEP teacher in Canada with at least five years teaching experience at their current institution can be nominated.

The CMS Excellence in Teaching Award is distinct from the Adrien Pouliot Award. The CMS Excellence in Teaching Award focuses on the recipient's proven excellence as a teacher at the undergraduate level as exemplified by unusual effectiveness in the classroom and/or commitment and dedication to teaching and to students. The dossier should provide evidence of the effectiveness and impact of the nominee's teaching. Selection criteria will include (but not be limited to):

  1. innovation in developing course materials (including methods of delivery, authored textbooks, online materials, journal articles on teaching);

  2. influence on students and other teachers.

Nomination Dossier

A nomination will consist of:

  1. a signed nominating statement from a present or past colleague, or collaborator (no more than three pages) having direct knowledge of the nominee's contribution;

  2. a curriculum vitae (maximum five pages);

  3. three letters of support, at least one from a former student (who has followed a course more than a year ago) and one from the chair of the nominee's unit. The letter of the Chair of the nominee's unit could include a one-page summary on information from student evaluations, or similar information;

  4. other supporting material (maximum 10 pages).

The nomination will remain active for three years, with a possibility to update.

Five copies of the dossier must arrive at the CMS Executive Office no later than November 15.

Selection Committee

The Selection Committee will consist of the Chair of the Advancement of Mathematics Committee (AMC) who will act as the Chair of the Selection Committee, the Chair of the Education Committee, or their designates, and two other members appointed by the Advancement of Mathematics Committee. Normally, the length of term for each member of the Selection Committee is three years and the terms are staggered.

Selection Process

A call for nominations will be made in the September and October issues of the CMS Notes.

The Selection Committee is authorized to bring names forward. The selection process should be completed and the recipient chosen by March 1.

Award, Presentation and Costs

In addition to receiving a gold etched blue glass award, the recipient receives a $2,500 cash award, a two-year complimentary membership in the CMS, and the travel costs to receive the award at the CMS Summer Meeting.

CMS Distinguished Awards

CMS Distinguished Awards Selection Committee

The CMS Distinguished Awards Selection Committee Selection Committee will consist of the President, the President-Elect or the Past President, a Vice-president appointed by the President, the Chair of the Education Committee and the Chair of the Research Committee.

The CMS Distinguished Awards Selection Committee is responsible for the selection of recipients for the David Borwein Career Achievement Award and the Graham Wright Award for Distinguished Service.

David Borwein Distinguished Career Award

The David Borwein Distinguished Career Award was created to ``recognize individuals who have made exceptional, broad, and continued contributions to Canadian mathematics.'' The first award was presented in 2006. and, normally, at most two awards will be given in each even calendar year.

Criteria for Selection

The award is to recognize individuals who have made exceptional, broad, and continued contributions to Canadian mathematics.

Nomination Dossier

A complete nomination dossier consists of:

  1. a signed nomination statement from a present or past colleague, or collaborator (no more than three pages) having direct knowledge of the nominee's contribution;

  2. a short curriculum vitae, no than five pages;

  3. two to four letters of support in addition to the nomination;

  4. other supporting material may be submitted, no more than 10 pages.

The nomination will remain active for three years, with a possibility to update.

Six copies of the dossier must arrive at the CMS Executive Office no later than November 15.

Selection Process

A call for nominations will be made in the September and October issues of the CMS Notes.

The CMS Distinguished Awards Selection Committee is authorized to bring names forward. The recipient(s) will be selected at the meeting of the Committee in December.

Award, Presentation and Costs

The Award is a sculpture designed by Helaman Ferguson which was approved by the Borwein Family and the CMS. Travel costs are provided for the recipient(s) to receive the award. Normally, at most two awards will be given in each even calendar year and at a CMS Summer Meeting.

Graham Wright Award for Distinguished Service

The Distinguished Service Award was created to ``recognize individuals who have made sustained and significant contributions to the Canadian mathematical community and, in particular, to the Canadian Mathematical Society.'' The first award was presented in 1995.

The Award was renamed the Graham Wright Award for Distinguished Service in 2008 in recognition of Graham Wright who retired in 2008 after serving 30 years as CMS Executive Director.

Criteria for Selection

The award is to recognize individuals who have made a sustained and significant service contribution to the Canadian mathematical community.

Contributions might include: service to the Canadian Mathematical Society and/or its activities; initiatives to advance mathematical publishing in Canada; activities in support of a strong research environment in Canada; creation of new national initiatives in support of mathematics.

Selection Process

A call for nominations will be made in the December and February issues of the CMS Notes.

The Selection Committee is authorized to bring names forward. The recipient(s) will be selected at the meeting of the Selection Committee in April.

Award, Presentation and Costs

The recipient receives a gold etched blue glass award which is presented in a manner that allows full recognition of the individual amongst his/her peers and colleagues. At the preference of the recipient, the presentation will be made either at the recipients' home institution or at a CMS meeting.

If the recipient wishes to receive the award at a CMS meeting, the CMS does not cover the costs of the recipient to attend the meeting.


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