Medals and Awards

Each year the CAP recognizes excellence in Research, Teaching, and Service in physics within Canada, as listed below. We offer awards to established researchers, enterprising students, promising scientists, and exceptional teachers. Click the links below or to the left to find out more about our various awards and prizes!


Visit individual medal pages to view information regarding descriptions, criteria, and deadlines.

Call for nominations for 2021 CAP Medals will be issued following a review and enhancement of documentation

In June 2019, the Board approved a new strategic plan for the CAP which included the following mission statement: to advocate, communicate and celebrate the role, value and contributions of Canadian physics.

We strive to ensure that our medals and awards celebrate our stated values:
• Excellence and Professionalism
• Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity
• Collegiality and Mentorship

It is clear to the CAP Board that, historically, the slate of nominations for our medals and awards has not generally reflected the diversity of the membership of our community and thus members of underrepresented groups deserving of recognition have been overlooked.

We pledge to do better and are starting by undertaking a complete review of our award nomination and selection guidelines and procedures in advance of the call for 2021 medal and award candidates.

We hope that our membership will help us by putting forward nominations in future years that reflect the diverse excellence of our physics community.


Click here to go to the medal nomination system.

Medals For Research

CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal (awarded annually) CAP Herzberg Medal (awarded annually)
CAP Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Physics (awarded annually) CAP-CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics (awarded annually)
CAP-TRIUMF Vogt Medal in Subatomic Physics (awarded annually)

Medals for Applied Physics and Research

CAP-INO Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Photonics (awarded on even years) CAP Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Industrial and Applied Physics (awarded on odd years)

Medals for Service

CAP-COMP Peter Kirkby Memorial Medal for Outstanding Service to Canadian Physics (awarded on odd years)

Medals for Teaching

CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High-school/CEGEP Physics (5 regional prizes awarded annually) CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics (awarded annually)

University/Graduate Student Awards and Scholarships

CAP Best Student Paper Awards (awarded annually) Lloyd G. Elliot University Prize Exam (annual competition)
Boris P. Stoicheff Memorial Graduate Scholarship (awarded annually) Particle Physics Division PhD Thesis Award (awarded annually)
Div. of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics PhD Thesis Prize (awarded annually) Div. of Condensed Matter and Materials Physics PhD Thesis Award Competition (awarded annually)
Div of Nuclear Physics PhD Thesis Prize (awarded annually) Div of Theoretical Physics/Winnipeg Institute for Theoretical Physics PhD Thesis Prize (awarded annually)

High-school/CEGEP Student Awards and Prizes

High-school/CEGEP Prize Examination (annual competition) Canada-Wide Science Fair (annual competition)
Art of Physics (annual competition)