CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics

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Nominations for the 2023 Awards will open in early December.  Know a worthy candidate for this award?  See below for nomination criteria and procedure.  Ready to nominate?  Click here to go to the medal nomination system. Any questions regarding the nomination process should be sent to

The CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics, which was introduced in 2010, is intended to recognize excellence in teaching physics in Canadian high schools or CEGEPs and to encourage and promote physics at the high school/CEGEP level in Canada. The award has been sponsored at the national level by the CAP, TRIUMF, Perimeter Institute, the Institute of Particle Physics, and Nelson Education, and at the regional level by Engineers and Geoscientists of BC.

Visit to see some thoughts from Peter Vogel from BC, the 2011 HS Award winner selected to participate in the 2011 CERN HS Teachers Workshop.

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CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (British Columbia and Yukon)

Kelvin Dueck

Pitt Meadows Secondary School

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CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Prairies and Northwest Territories)

Murray Guest

Walter Murray Collegiate

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CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Ontario)

Ashley McCarl-Palmer

Waterloo Collegiate Institute

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CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Atlantic)

Shane MacLeod

Dartmouth High School

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CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Quebec and Nunavut)

Nadia Renzo

Collège Saint-Louis

The 2022 awards will be announced before the holiday break. Nominations for the 2023 awards will be opened in early December with a deadline of February 15, 2023.

View the 2023 Call for Nominations Announcement here. 

Deadline:  February 15, 2023

Medal Nomination System

The awards honours physics teachers in Canadian high schools or CEGEPs who have a good understanding of their subject and who possess an exceptional ability to communicate their knowledge and understanding in such a way as to motivate their students to high academic achievement in physics. The nominee should have demonstrated the ability to develop innovative teaching methods and/or style and should mentor students in physics, through such activities as the CAP high school prize exam, other prize exams, special tutorials, etc., as well as mentor new physics teachers. Nominees should have a history of participation in extra-curricular physics-related activities such as the Science Fairs, physics contests, public outreach activities, and the CAP’s Art of Physics competition (class category). Evidence relating to the promotion of science, participation in non-physics extra-curricular activities (sports, drama, etc.), and achievements relating to student performance will also be considered but are not weighted as high as the physics-related activities listed here.

Awards are given annually in each of five regions in Canada: BC/Yukon, Prairies/NWT, Ontario, Quebec/Nunavut, and Atlantic Canada.

The award includes two free years as a CAP member teacher and an educational grant that can be used to support professional development for the teacher or to purchase computer software, equipment or books for the classroom. Winning teachers will also have the opportunity to participate in a one-week training program at a Canadian research institution.

Nomination Criteria

Nominees must be Canadian residents and must have been teaching physics in a Canadian high school and/or CEGEP for a minimum of five (5) years. Nomination Procedures >

Although the CAP’s nomination system currently has an English-only interface, nominations may be submitted in either English or French.  The CAP is committed to ensuring that applications submitted in either official language are treated equitably. Furthermore, the CAP commits to ensuring that those evaluating awards will have a thorough understanding of the impact of bias to take it into account while reviewing nominations.

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