WWSEF AWARD DESCRIPTIONSThis list varies yearly and may not match the awards given at the current Fair, but it will give you an idea of what could be available for the entrants.
CATEGORY and DIVISION AWARDSWhen entries meet certain standards, gold, silver, bronze
and pewter level prizes may be awarded in each of the 12 category/divisions.
The projects are placed into one of four Divisions - Biotechnology,
Engineering, Life Science, or Physical & Math Science. Within each of these
Divisions, the projects are further divided into one of three Categories,
according to the grades of the participants - Junior (grades 7 and 8),
Intermediate (grades 9 and 10) or Senior (grades 11, and 12).
Each award consists of a gold, silver or bronze medal plus a cash prize.
Junior Category Bronze - $30, Silver -$60, Gold- $100.
Senior Categories Bronze - $40, Silver -$40, Gold- $70.
In the case of group
projects, individual medals/certificates will be awarded, but the cash
prize will be shared.
Pewter medals are
also awarded to all deserving projects.
A "Best of Division"
plaque is awarded to the entry judged best among division gold level
winners in each of the fou divisions. The selection of the winner(s) of
these awards takes into account the ages and grades of the entrants being
MERIT and The AWARD of EXCELLENCE
I. Awards of
Awards of Merit go to the top projects in the fair. The
award includes an all expenses paid trip to the Canada-Wide Science Fair. Invitations to apply for membership in
Team Canada at the International Science and Engineering Fair are made at the Canada-Wide Science Fair. These awards are sponsored by the University of Guelph, the University of Waterloo, and the Rotary Club of Guelph.
II. Award of
One of the winners of the Award of Merit is selected as the top exhibit in the fair.
SPECIAL AWARDS(These awards vary annually.)
Best Written Report
Given in each of the three categories - junior, intermediate and senior, to the student(s) submitting the best written Research Report. The
report should be a concise summary of the science project, including
background, purpose and hypothesis, procedure, results and conclusions and
acknowledgments. Elements of both style and content are considered.
REAL Summer Scholarship
Summer research experience ($2800 scholarship).
Conestoga College Scholarships
The Conestoga College awards a $1000 admission
scholarship to all Senior Gold Medal Winners which becomes active
upon successful registration at the College.
University of Guelph Scholarships
The University of Guelph awards a $1000
admission scholarship to all Senior Gold Medal Winners which becomes
active upon successful registration at the University of Guelph.
University of Waterloo Scholarships
The University of Waterloo awards a $1000 admission scholarship to selected Senior
Gold Medal Winners which becomes active upon successful registration at
the University of Waterloo.
Laurier University Scholarships
The Wilfrid Laurier University
awards a $1000 admission scholarship to all Senior Gold Medal Winners
which becomes active upon successful registration at Wilfrid Laurier
University. As well, winners of either silver or gold medallions who are at least 16 years old as of July 4th, are provided with an opportunity to earn $2800 while conducting research with mentorship in a Laurier laboratory in the summer.
Shad Valley Scholarship
Chem 13 Award.
The Department of Chemistry,
University of Waterloo, sponsors an award for the exhibit judged to be best one with an emphasis on chemistry.
The award is a one
year subscription to Scientific American or another scientific journal
suitable for the level of the award winner.
Sir Isaac Newton Award
The University of Waterloo
Department of Physics awards a $50 gift certificate to the exhibit, in
each of the three categories, that is judged to be the best project with an emphasis on physics.
Stephen J. Little Presentation
Stephen J. Little was highly respected, long-time member of the WWSEF organization, former president of the Youth Science Foundation of Canada, and supporter of the CWSF movement. A trophy and gift Card are presented to
the student who exhibits the most creativity and effectiveness in the
presentation of a project.
Catalyst Leadership Award
Top engineering project which demonstrates creativity and leadership ($600 scholarship)
Engineering Science Quest Award
Summer science camp ($300 scholarship)