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Cecil Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award

This award was established by the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society (CAIMS) to recognize and to publicize an outstanding PhD thesis in Applied Mathematics accepted at a Canadian University during the calendar year prior to the year of the award.

The award consists of a prize of $1000 and a commemorative plaque that will be presented at the CAIMS*SCMAI Annual Meeting. The recipient will be invited to give a lecture at the Annual Meeting in the year of the award. A travel allowance will be provided.

Nominations shall consist of:
  1. a cover letter from the thesis supervisor indicating why the thesis is being nominated. This letter should summarize the research problem, techniques, results, significance, and potential impact,
  2. a letter (from the supervisor or other appropriate person familiar with the thesis and the research area) placing the thesis within the context of the current field and identifying potential applications of the work,
  3. a letter from the Graduate Chair (or Faculty of Graduate Studies, University library, etc.) providing proof of the official date the thesis was accepted,
  4. an electronic copy of the thesis

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


CAIMS Cecil Graham Dissertation Award Evaluation Rubric


Score 10 to 5 4 to 1 0
Quality of Thesis Results The results of the thesis are of exceptional quality. They have immediate impact to the field. The thesis contains some interesting results which might become relevant in the future. The results are incremental with little impact.
Innovation The thesis contains one or a few highly innovative ideas. The thesis contains some original ideas. The methods follow directly from established techniques.
Writing and Style Engaging writing style, text flows well, fun to read. Text is clear and easy to read. The thesis is tiresome to read. Logical flow is interrupted. It contains grammatical or spelling errors.
TOTAL: 0-30

2020 Prize Winner: Nadia Shardt

It is with great pleasure that the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society presents the 2020 Cecil Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award to Dr. Nadia Shardt. The award is given in recognition of an extraordinarily thorough thesis in which Dr. Shardt developed new mathematical models that relate thermodynamical properties of multicomponent mixtures containing vapor and liquid phases with effects of curvature and surface tension of interfacial surfaces separating mixture components and phases. Theoretical results were rigorously validated using experimental data. This work has strong scientific merit in multiple areas where multicomponent, multiphase systems arise, including chemical engineering, medical research, and nanotechnology.


Read the Thesis here.

Award Winners

Nadia Shardt

Amir Maleki

David McLeod

Chai Molina

Eric Foxall

Wilten Nicola

Diego Ayala

Frances Mackay

Vladislav Buksthynov

Brendan Pass

David Titley-Peloquin

Elsa Hansen

Gerardo Berbeglia

Colin Macdonald

Raluca Eftimie

Alysson M. Costa

Richard Pancer

Isabelle Déchène

Miguel Angel Moyers González

C. Lindsay Anderson

Ovidiu Voitcu

Ramadan Akila

Connell McCluskey

Petter Wiberg

David Iron

Stephen J. Gustafson

Jon-Paul Voroney

Troy Day

John Stockie

Steve Ruuth

H. Ye

Qiang Lan

Kenzu Abdella

Yuanping He

Yu Qin

Rodolfo Bermejo

Peter J. S. Young

Deming Zhuang

Zi-Cai Li

Wendy Seward

Michael Foreman

Paul Muir