CEW Student Presentation Awards

Volunteer judges evaluate all student poster and platform presentations entered in the competitions according to criteria identified by the CEW Board of Directors, with input from students and judges. On the final day of CEW, certificates and cash prizes are awarded to the top three presenters in both the poster and platform presentation categories. CEW judges and members alike are consistently impressed by the high quality of student presentations! (Click here to view past CEW student presentation award winners.)

Effective 2018, our awards have been dedicated to two prominent scientists who had a significant impact on the CEW community.

Peter Chapman

The Peter Chapman Outstanding Student Platform Presentation Award

In 2018, the CEW Board of Directors decided to name the top student platform award, “The Peter Chapman Outstanding Student Platform Presentation Award”, in memory of Dr. Peter M. Chapman (1951-2017). Peter was a loyal supporter of CEW and its predecessor, the Aquatic Toxicity Workshop (ATW), for decades and founded the first ATW student presentation awards in 1990. Peter was a world-renowned environmental toxicologist, partner in EVS Environmental Consultants in Vancouver for 25 years, and a senior partner of Golder for 10 more years after EVS’s merger with Golder, before retiring to his own consulting practice in 2014.

Art Niimi

The Arthur J. Niimi Outstanding Student Poster Presentation Award

Also in 2018, the Board of Directors decided to dedicate the best student poster award, “The Arthur J. Niimi Outstanding Student Poster Presentation Award”, to retired scientist Art Niimi. In addition to his research in ecotoxicology with Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Great Lakes Laboratory for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences in Burlington for several decades, Art was Chair of the ATW Board of Directors for 20 years (1986-2005) and has been passionate about the medium of communication that poster presentations represent.