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Awards Celebrations

The Faculty of Science is a community of excellent researchers, instructors, students, and staff. We are proud of the accomplishments and achievements attained by the members of our faculty. Please join us in congratulating members of our community who have been recognized for their excellence.


Dr. Glenn Dolphin

Dr. Glenn Dolphin

2023 UCalgary Teaching Award

Recipient:  Dr. Glenn Dolphin, Associate Professor (Teaching) in the department of Earth, Energy, and Environment.

Dr. Dolphin was awarded the 2023 UCalgary Teaching Award - Full-Time Academic Staff (Associate Professor - Teaching) which recognizes the outstanding efforts of educators whose curiosity, ambition and leadership has enriched student learning. 

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Dr. Lauren DeDieu

Dr. Lauren DeDieu

2024 Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award

Recipient:  Dr. Lauren DeDieu, Associate Professor (Teaching) in the department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Dr. DeDieu has been awarded the 2024 the Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award from the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences for her dedication to excellence and innovation in mathematical education.

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Dr. Renate Scheidler

Dr. Renate Scheidler

2024 Krieger-Nelson Prize

Recipient: Dr. Renate Scheidler, Professor in the department of Mathematics and Statistics. 

Dr. Scheidler was awarded the Krieger-Nelson Prize from the Canadian Mathematical Society. This award recognizes outstanding research by a woman or female-identifying mathematician.

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Dr. Robin Cockett

Dr. Robin Cockett

Doctor Honoris Causa

Recipient:  Dr. Robin Cockett, Professor in the department of Computer Science

Dr. Cockett was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa from the Tallinn University of Technology. This Honorary Degree recognizes Dr. Cockett's contributions to computer science in Estonia.


Dr. Benjamin Tutolo

Dr. Benjamin Tutolo

Top 40 Under 40 2023

Recipient:  Dr. Benjamin Tutolo, Associate Professor in the department of Earth, Energy, and Environment.

Dr. Tutolo was recognized for his incredible contributions to geochemistry. He’s the first UCalgary researcher to be part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover team.

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Dr. Lauren DeDieu

Dr. Lauren DeDieu

Top 40 Under 40 2023

Recipient:  Dr. Lauren DeDieu, Associate Professor (Teaching) in the department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Dr. DeDieu was celebrated for all her amazing efforts to empower students of all ages to transform their fear of math into confidence, and for running program that combat gender bias in her field.

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Dr. Christoph Simon

Dr. Christoph Simon

2024 Optica Fellow

Recipient:  Dr. Christoph Simon, Professor in the department of Physics and Astronomy.

Dr. Simon was elected to the 2024 Class of Fellows for his contributions to quantum information science and quantum optics, including fundamental tests of quantum phenomena and development of quantum networks. Fellows are Optica members who have served with distinction in the advancement of optics and photonics.

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Dr. Masaki Hayashi

Dr. Masaki Hayashi

2023 Robert N. Farvolden Award from the International Association of Hydrologists

Recipient:  Dr. Masaki Hayashi, Professor in the department of Earth, Energy, and Environment.

Dr. Hayashi was awarded this honor in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the disciplines of earth science and engineering, which emphasized the importance of groundwater.


Dr. Glenn Dolphin

Dr. Glenn Dolphin

2023 Biggs Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching from the Geological society of America

Recipient:  Dr. Glenn Dolphin, Associate Professor (Teaching) in the department of Earth, Energy, and Environment.

Dr. Dolphin was recognized for his innovative and effective teaching of earth science.

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Dr. Justin MacCallum

Dr. Justin MacCallum

2024 Early Career Investigator Award from the Biophysical Society of Canada

Recipient:  Dr. Justin MacCallum, Associate Professor in the department of Chemistry, and Associate Dean (Graduate and Post-Doctoral Scholars).

Dr. MacCallum was recognized as an emerging leader, having made outstanding contributions to the field.

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Dr. Kelly Munkittrick

Dr. Kelly Munkittrick

Outstanding Contribution Award at the 2023 Canadian Ecotoxicity Workshop

Recipient:  Dr. Kelly Munkittrick, Professor in the department of Biological Sciences.

Dr. Munkittrick was awarded the Canadian Ecotoxicity Workshop’s Outstanding Contribution Award for his ecotoxicology research programme and its many impacts across Canada.

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Dr. Warren Piers

Dr. Warren Piers

2024 CIC Medal from the Chemical Institute of Canada

Recipient:  Dr. Warren Piers, Professor in the department of Chemistry.

Dr. Piers was awarded the CIC Medal in recognition to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the science of chemistry. This is the CIC’s top award.

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Dr. Dan Shugar

Dr. Dan Shugar

2023 Killam Emerging Research Leader Award and Grant (NSERC) from the University of Calgary

Recipient:  Dr. Dan Shugar, Associate Professor in the department of Earth, Energy, and Environment.

Dr. Shugar was honored as an early career researcher for outstanding contributions to research (NSERC).


Dr. Jennifer Love

Dr. Jennifer Love

2023 Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Recipient:  Dr. Jennifer Love, Professor in the department of Chemistry

The RSC recognizes Canadian leaders in research and innovation. Dr. Love is recognized for her numerous research and leadership accomplishments. Her program spans the traditional boundaries of organic and inorganic chemistry. Her research program aims to discern the fundamental reactivity of late transition metal catalysts to develop new, cost-effective and low waste reactions for the synthesis of new materials and pharmaceuticals.

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Dr. Venkataraman Thangadurai

Dr. Venkataraman Thangadurai

2023 Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Recipient: Dr. Venkataraman Thangadurai, Professor in the department of Chemistry

The RSC recognizes Canadian leaders in research and innovation. Dr. Thangadurai is an internally renowned chemist, recognized for his many contributions to the field. His present research involves the development of novel solid-state materials for modern all-solid-state metal batteries and solid oxide fuel cells. His ground-breaking work on lithium solid electrolytes enables the replacement of unsafe organic electrolyte in current Li-ion batteries.

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Dr. Joe Harrison

Dr. Joe Harrison

2023 Member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, Royal Society of Canada

Recipient: Dr. Joe Harrison, Professor in the department of Biological Sciences

The college recognizes multidisciplinary early-stage career scholars who have demonstrated a high level of achievement. Dr. Harrison is a celebrated early career researcher who has made major achievements to the field of biological sciences. He has made pivotal contributions to the field of microbiology, biochemistry, and molecular genetics through the study of biofilms. His discovery of heat-sensing enzymes and biofilm susceptibility to toxic metals inform new approaches in chronic infectious diseases treatments.

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Lauren DeDieu

Dr. Lauren DeDieu

2023 PIMS Education Prize

Recipient:  Dr. Lauren DeDieu, Associate Professor (Teaching) in the department of Mathematics and Statistics

Dr. DeDieu was awarded the Education Prize from the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Science. This prize is awarded to members of the PIMS community who have made significant contributions to education in the mathematical sciences, focusing on contributions at a broader level with an impact beyond the nominee’s institutions and encouraging activities which have enhanced public awareness and appreciation of the mathematical sciences.

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Dr. Elena Braverman

Dr. Elena Braverman

2023 Fellow of the Canadian Mathematical Society

Recipient:  Dr. Elena Braverman, Professor in the department of Mathematics and Statistics

Dr. Braverman is a Fellow of the CMS, class of 2023. The Fellowship recognizes CMS members who have made excellent contributions to mathematical research, teaching, or exposition; as well as having distinguished themselves in service to Canada’s mathematical community.

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Dr. Kyla Flanagan

Dr. Kyla Flanagan

2023 3M National Teaching Fellowship from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Recipient:  Dr. Kyla Flanagan,  professor in the department of Biological Sciences

Dr. Flanagan received this prestigious national recognition due to her expertise incorporating case studies into biology courses, with some of her cases being accessed tens of thousands of times, as well as her passion for providing undergraduate students with equitable opportunities within experiential learning. In addition to her impact with students and in teaching, Dr. Flanagan’s educational leadership is also seen at the institutional level in her work on fostering faculty resilience.

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Dr. Rei Safavi-Naini

Dr. Rei Safavi-Naini

2023 International Association of Cryptologic Research Fellowship

Recipient:  Dr. Rei Safavi-Naini,  professor in the department of Computer Science

Dr. Safavi-Naini is the fifth Canadian, and the first Canadian woman to receive this recognition (fewer than 100 Fellowships have been awarded to date). Dr. Safavi-Naini is an expert in information security and privacy research, and she is being recognized “for significant contributions to cryptography and its application to information security, and exemplary service to IACR and the cryptography community.”

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Dr. Don Lawton

Dr. Don Lawton

2023 Project Achievement Award from APEGA

Recipient:  Dr. Don Lawton,  professor in the department of Geoscience

Dr. Lawton and the Carbon Management Canada team working at the Newel County Facility were recognized for “giving Alberta a head start in the environmental research game. By studying and developing techniques and technologies to contain and store carbon dioxide underground, it’s helping us move towards a greener tomorrow.”

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Dr. Don Lawton

Dr. Don Lawton

2022 Patricia J Lee Trail blazer Award from Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists

Recipient:  Dr. Don Lawton,  professor in the department of Geoscience

Recipients of this award have made significant contributions to the field of energy geoscience. Dr. Lawton and Dr. Osadetz (Programs Development Manager, CMC) received this important recognition for their ground-breaking advances in our understanding of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) over the last two decades.

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Dr. Casey Hubert

Dr. Casey Hubert

2022 ASTech Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health: Research

Sector: Alberta’s Wastewater COVID-19 Monitoring

Recipient:  Dr. Casey Hubert, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and Dr. Xiao-Li (Lilly) Pang, University of Alberta – representing the Pan-Alberta Team Monitoring COVID-19 in Wastewater

The ASTech Awards recognizes important successes in the innovation ecosystem in Alberta. Dr. Hubert is part of the team identifying and tracking what can be found in our wastewater and sharing this critical information with the public. Using an efficient and economically effective method, the team uses molecular tracking technology to measure, in real time, the levels of COVID-19 in communities. This technology produces evidence-based data and can be used to measure other infections such as the flu, and is shared publicly to inform officials and citizens alike to make decisions about the health of their communities. The Pan-Alberta COVID-19 wastewater monitoring program builds on several successful COVID-19 wastewater projects that have been led by researcher teams from the University of Alberta and UCalgary respectively, in partnership with Alberta Health Services, The City of Calgary, and EPCOR.

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Dr. Paul Barclay

Dr. Paul Barclay

2023 Optica Fellows Class

Recipient:  Dr. Paul Barclay, professor in the department of Physics and Astronomy.

Dr. Barclay is being recognized for pioneering work in the field of diamond quantum nanophotonics and optomechanics, and revealing new physical phenomena using nanophotonic resonators. He has served with distinction in the advancement of optics and photonics through distinguished contributions to education, research, and society.

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Dr, Marina Gavrilova

Dr, Marina Gavrilova

2022 Killam Annual Professor Award

Recipient:  Dr. Marina Gavrilova, professor in the department of Computer Science.

The Killam Annual Professors are awarded annually to outstanding nationally and/or internationally recognized professors at the University of Calgary. Winners of the Killam Annual Professor award will have demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following primary areas: Research; Student supervision and undergraduate and/or graduate teaching.

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Dr. Mindi Summers (center)

Dr. Mindi Summers (center)

2022 Killam Undergraduate Mentorship Award

Recipient:  Dr. Mindi Summers, associate professor (teaching) in the department of Biological Sciences.

The Killam Undergraduate Mentorship Award recognizes excellence in mentorship at the undergraduate level, which may include extensive involvement of undergraduates in research, supervision of undergraduate research projects, and pedagogical practices that promote the integration of teaching and research.

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Dr. Ken Barker

Dr. Ken Barker

2022 Fellow of Canada’s Association of Information Technology Professionals

Recipient:  Dr. Ken Barker, professor in the department of Computer Science

CIPS Fellow Membership has been awarded to professionals in the Information Technology sector who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the IT profession or industry in Canada. Being awarded the CIPS Fellow status is earned recognition of significant development or outstanding contribution to the advancement of the profession, computer technology, the ICT sector or the adoption of ICT.

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Jana Vamosi

Dr. Jana Vamosi

2022 Emerald Award in Wildlife & Biodiversity; Emerald Foundation

Recipient:  Dr. Jana Vamosi, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences

The Emerald Awards are issued to individuals who are raising the bar in addressing environmental and climate change issues. These environmental awards celebrate excellence across all sectors, showcasing Albertan environmental projects and initiatives that have addressed and mitigated the effects of local, regional, and global environmental issues by achieving excellence aligned to current environmental priorities.

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Dr. Christopher Clarkson

Dr. Christopher Clarkson

2022 SPE Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers

Recipient:  Dr. Christopher Clarkson, professor in the Department of Geoscience

The Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award recognizes outstanding achievements in or contributions to the advancement of petroleum engineering in the area of reservoir description and dynamics. This award was formerly known as the Reservoir Engineering Award and is the largest international award offered by the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

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Dr. Mindi Summers

Dr. Mindi Summers

2022 Internationalization Achievement Award

Recipient:  Dr. Mindi Summers, associate professor (teaching) in the Department of Biological Sciences

University of Calgary International aims to recognize and celebrate the outstanding contributions of students, faculty, staff and community members in progressing our institutional commitment to excellence and leadership in internationalization. Dr. Mindi Summers teaches courses in invertebrate zoology, animal behaviour, evolution, and entomology that incorporate experiential learning, research experiences, and community engagement. Dr. Summers’ research focuses on student learning and undergraduate research experiences in invertebrate biodiversity, urban environments, and plant-pollinator interactions.

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Eva Enkelmann

Dr. Eva Enkelmann

2022 Elected Fellow, The Geological Society of America

Recipient:  Dr. Eva Enkelmann, associate professor in the Department of Geoscience

Society Fellowship is an honor bestowed on the best of our profession by election at the spring GSA Council meeting. GSA members are nominated by other GSA members in recognition of a sustained record of distinguished contributions to the geosciences and the Geological Society of America through such avenues as publications, applied research, teaching, administration of geological programs, contributing to the public awareness of geology, leadership of professional organizations, and taking on editorial, bibliographic, and library responsibilities.

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Dr. Jennifer Adams

Dr. Jennifer Adams

2022 Calgary Black Achievement Awards

STEM Award

Recipient:  Dr. Jennifer Adams, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Tier II Canada Research Chair in STEM Education

This award celebrates an individual who excels in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math and who is creating opportunities for Black community members to get involved and join the field.


Dr. Barry Sanders

Dr. Barry Sanders

2022 Calgary Awards

International Achievement Award

Recipient: Dr. Barry Sanders, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and director of the Institute for Quantum Science and Technology

Quantum science will soon transform our current approaches to computing, information-transfer and security communication. As an internationally acclaimed researcher and scholar, Dr. Barry Sanders, BSc’84, PhD, DSc, has showcased Calgary as the hub for cutting-edge quantum research. He promotes international collaboration and creates opportunities for international students to conduct research in Calgary. He has been a speaker at many prestigious international forums and has presented at NATO workshops on terrorism in Moldova and cybersecurity in Estonia. He has also taught summer programs in countries such as Brazil, Pakistan, India and Morocco. Sanders is particularly interested in supporting developing nations; he believes innovation and scientific cooperation will help transform these nations.

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Group Staff Award recipients

Wastewater-Based Epidemiology Team

2022 Sustainability Awards

Group Staff Award

Recipient: Wastewater-Based Epidemiology Team, University of Calgary

Comprised of members from a variety of disciplines and expertise, the Wastewaster-Based Epidemiology (WBE) team have come together as part of a stellar transdisciplinary effort in which their backgrounds in wastewater engineering, environmental virology and genomics, clinical molecular biology, and project management lead the way to innovation and advancement of wastewater testing. The WBE team is leading a multi-million-dollar pandemic-monitoring effort that spans beyond Calgary to include most Alberta municipalities, neighbourhoods and high-risk facilities. Wastewater testing is being launched in Alberta First Nations.

WBE Team members (bolded are from Science):

Michael Parkins, Casey Hubert (BISI), Kevin Frankowski, Cathy Ryan, Gopal Achari, Jon Meddings, John Conly, Rhonda Clark, Darina Kuzma, Nicole Acosta, Maria Bautista, Jianwei Chen, Carmen Li, Andra Bacanu, Barbara Waddell, Kristine Du, Kashtin Low, Jangwoo Lee, Jordan Hollman, Srijak Bhatnagar, Janine McCalder, Alex Buchner Beaudet, Chloe Papparis, Navid Sedaghat, Puja Pradhan, Jennifer Van Doorn, Kevin Xiang, Leslie Chan and Laura Vivas.

For more information, please visit: 2022 Sustainability Awards Winners


Faculty of Science Dean Dr. Kristin Baetz

Dr. Kristin Baetz

2022 Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (CSMB) Awards

Jeanne Manery-Fisher Memorial Award

Recipient:  Dr. Kristin Baetz (BISI).   Dr. Baetz is also Dean of the Faculty of Science

The award recognizes an eminent Canadian woman scientist who has a distinguished career in the fields of biochemistry, molecular or cellular biology or genetics, resulting from her outstanding contributions to research, teaching or society.

For more information, please visit:  CSMB 2022 Award Winners


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