CAP Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

NOTE: This medal will be awarded in 2021. Nominations will open on February 1, 2021 with a deadline of March 8, 2021.

Read more about the 2021 call for nominations here. 

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.

The CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching honours faculty members who

  • have a comprehensive knowledge and deep understanding of their subject
  • who possess an exceptional ability to communicate their knowledge and understanding in such a way as to
  • lead their students to high academic achievement in physics.

All forms of undergraduate teaching may be considered including classroom lecturing, small group teaching, laboratory instruction, consultation with individual students, Honours Thesis supervision, design and development of courses, laboratory experiments and classroom demonstrations, introduction of innovative teaching methods, and production of educational materials such as textbooks, journal articles on teaching, films and videos.


2020 Winner

 Kenneth Ragan | McGill University



The next medal will be awarded in 2021.

View the 2021 Call for Nominations Announcement here. 


View Previous Winners

Nomination Criteria

  • The nominator must be a member of the CAP.
  • The nominee must be a member in good standing of the CAP or a Council-approved Canadian professional science society (see list below) in order to be nominated.
  • The nominee must have spent the major part (i.e. more than one-half) of his/her working career in Canada or must have made a major contribution to the teaching of physics after returning to a permanent position in Canada.

Council-approved Canadian professional science society

The nominee must belong to one of the following societies to be eligble for the CAP Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching:

  • Canadian Association of Physicists
  • Canadian Astronomical Society
  • Canadian Geophysical Union
  • Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
  • Canadian Organization for Medical Physicists
  • Canadian Society for Chemistry

Nomination Procedure