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CAIMS-SCMAI Research Prize

The society’s pre-eminent research award recognizes innovative and exceptional research contributions in applied or industrial mathematics.

This prize was established in 2003. The award will consist of a prize of $1,000 and a commemorative plaque that will be presented at the CAIMS • SCMAI Annual Meeting. The recipient will be invited to give a plenary lecture at the Annual Meeting in the year of the award. A travel allowance will be provided.

Nominations will be evaluated annually by the Research Prize Committee; their decisions are final. Nomination packages should provide evidence of research excellence by the nominee in applied or industrial mathematics. The committee may seek advice from experts as needed.

The CAIMS-SCMAI Research Prize is intended to recognize outstanding contributions in a certain area of research or industrial application. It is not a life-time achievement award, rather a recognition of a body of work that had significant impact in mathematics, sciences, or industry. A strong relationship to Canada should be evident.

Nominations shall consist of:
  1. a title of the award, that describes the research area for which the award is given
    (For example: … for contributions to nonholonomic variational principles, or …. for contributions to the ecological modelling in the arctic, etc. )
  2. a media summary of the research contributions in the specified research area (five-line press release)
  3. a detailed description (maximum two pages) of the research contributions of the nominee in the specified research area
  4. a curriculum vitae including the list of publications
    • Note: The nomination package requires a copy of the nominees CV customized to emphasize those achievements pertinent to the award.
  5. four reprints that relate to the specified research area
  6. a brief discussion of why there is a strong relationship to Canada. Examples of such a relationship include:
    • The nominee is a member of CAIMS-SCMAI
    • The nominee holds a position at a Canadian institution
    • The research for which the prize is being given was conducted primarily
      in Canada

To submit an application for this award, go to Open Nominations page.

The committee may, at its discretion, choose to recommend that applications which remain eligible be considered in the next year.

2023 Prize Winner: Chen Greif 

CAIMS Research Prize:  Chen Greif (University of British Columbia)

It is a great honour for the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematical Society to present the 2023 Research Prize to Prof. Chen Greif of the University of British Columbia in recognition of his outstanding contributions to numerical linear algebra and its applications.   His  groundbreaking research and  leadership have had a profound impact on scientific computing and will continue to influence and inspire applied mathematicians for years to come.

Awards Winners

Chen Greif

Award Year: 2023

Frithjof Lutscher

Award Year: 2022

David Earn

Award Year: 2021
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Steve Ruuth

Award Year: 2020
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Pauline van den Driessche

Award Year: 2019
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Leon Glass

Award Year: 2018
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James Feng

Award Year: 2017

Leah Edelstein Keshet

Award Year: 2016

Thomas Hillen

Award Year: 2015

Michael Doebeli

Award Year: 2014

Neil Balmforth

Award Year: 2013

Troy Day

Award Year: 2012

Michael Ward

Award Year: 2011

Uri Ascher

Award Year: 2010

Mark Lewis

Award Year: 2009

J. Alan George

Award Year: 2008

Gordon Swaters

Award Year: 2007
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Michael Mackey

Award Year: 2006

Michel Fortin

Award Year: 2005

Bob Russell

Award Year: 2004

Jianhong Wu

Award Year: 2003

The Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society, which dates from 1979, has a growing presence in industrial, mathematical, scientific and technological circles within and outside of Canada.

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