CAIMS/PIMS Early Career Award
The prize is to be awarded to a researcher less than ten years past the date of Ph.D. at the time of nomination (i.e. 2009 or later for 2019 prize). This time frame will be extended in case of leaves of absences, for example parental leave, or illnesses. The prize recognizes exceptional research in any branch of applied mathematics, interpreted broadly. The nominee’s research should have been conducted primarily in Canada or in affiliation with a Canadian university.
The award will consist of a cash prize of $1,000 and a commemorative plaque that will be presented at the CAIMS Annual Meeting. The recipient will be invited to deliver a plenary lecture at the CAIMS Annual Meeting in the year of the award. A travel allowance will be provided.
Nominations shall consist of:
- a cover letter explaining the basis of the nomination
- up to three additional letters of support, at least two of which should be from references who are neither former PhD/postdoc mentors nor collaborators. In the case of very interdisciplinary research, the support letters should address the nominee’s contributions in both applied mathematics and the area of application.
- a curriculum vitae
- a publication list if not included in the CV
Unsuccessful nominations for candidates who continue to meet the eligibility criteria may be renominated the following year with an updated CV, publication list, and if desired, letters of support.
To submit an application for this award, go to Open Nominations page.
CAIMS Early Career Award Evaluation Rubric
The following criteria should be considered relative to the career stage, accounting for career stage, career interruptions, and non-traditional career trajectories.
|Score||10 to 5||4 to 1||0|
|Publication Quality||Exceptional quality of publications. Significant impact in applied mathematics and/or in the area of application.||Above average quality of publications, most in high-impact journals||Average or below average quality of publications in peer reviewed journals|
|Impact||High impact through talks, patents, awards, HQP, leadership. Evidence should be independent from above measures of publication quality.||Solid impact through talks, patents, awards, HQP, leadership.||Minor impact through talks, patents, awards, HQP, leadership.|
|Innovation||Overall, the work of the candidate is highly innovative with the potential to create a new field or change an existing field.||The work of the candidate has some innovative aspects.||The innovative aspects of the candidate’s work are marginal.|
|Independence||Strong evidence of independent research activity, including (but not limited to), single-authored papers, effective supervisory experience, principal grant recipient||Some evidence.||Little evidence.|
2018 Prize Winner: Alexander Bihlo
Alexander Bihlo is a meteorologist and numerical analyst who currently holds a Tier II CRC position in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Memorial University. In the seven years since receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Bihlo has made over 30 peer-reviewed contributions to the literature. His most significant work impacts climate modelling and refining computational approaches for real-world problems. In this way, Dr. Bihlo’s work highlights our greatest hopes for applied math by showing how it can support environmental stewardship, promote economic prosperity, and ultimately improve the lives of all Canadians.