Society Awards

Frances W. Doane Award

The Frances W. Doane Award is an honorary membership for exceptional contribution to microscopy, related branches of science, and/or the Microscopical Society of Canada.

Frances W. Doane was one of the seven founding members of the Microscopical Society of Canada in 1972. She was its treasurer from 1972 to 1981 and its bulletin editor from 1973 to 1992. For her great contribution to the MSC, she was made an honorary member in 1989 and the Honorary Membership Award was renamed in her honour in 2002.

Gérard T. Simon Award

The Gérard T. Simon Award is presented for the best presentation given by a student or technologist. The presentation may be oral or poster format. The award is made on the basis of the scientific quality and the quality of the presentation (oral communication or poster).

Candidates must be graduate students enrolled at a Canadian university or associated with a research director who is a regular member of the Microscopical Society of Canada. Candidates may also be technologists who have been employed for no longer than five years at a Canadian institution.

The candidate must be the main or sole author of the abstract.

This year's awards were given to:

Materials Science:
Sagar Prabhudev
Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering
McMaster University
Posters Presentation: Probing Phase Transformation and Electrocatalysis of Pt-Alloy Nanoparticles Using Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy
Biological Sciences:
Martin Smith
The Hospital for Sick Children
University of Toronto
Talk: Characterization Of VacA Using Electron Cryomicroscopy

CFDM Award

The Canadian Foundation for the Development of Microscopy (CFDM), an arm of the Microscopical Society of Canada, is a charitable organization whose aim is to promote the development of microscopy and associated techniques. Part of its mandate is to provide funds for educational opportunities for young scientists. We are offering two awards to assist with the travel expenses of Canadian university students to participate in the MSC-SMC Annual Meeting.

The Board of the CFDM will review submissions by students and evaluate them according to the following criteria: scientific merit, significance of the research, creativity and a letter of reference.

The deadlines for submissions are March 31st and November 30th. Recipients will be announced on the website.

Exceptionally this year, CFDM is partnering with the European Microbeam Analysis Society. EMAS is offering free registration and accommodation to two Canadian trainees to attend the “15th European workshop on modern developments and applications in microbeam analysis – 7th meeting of the International Union of microbeam analysis societies.” Information on this meeting can be found at

As matching fund, CFDM will provide travel expenses to a maximum of 1,000 CAD. Selection of the 2 awardees will be conducted by the CFDM board. To be considered for this award, applications must be received by November 15, 2016, using the same application package as below. The applicant must submit an abstract demonstrating the appropriateness to attend the microbeam analysis workshop.

Following are documents to help you in your application:

This year's awards were given to:

Bara Altartouri
Département des Sciences Biologiques
Université de Montréal
Oral Presentation: Cellulose dynamics during pavement cell morphogenesis
Sunitha Chari
Anatomy and cell Biology
McGill University
Oral Presentation: Structural Analysis of Mammalian Coatomer Complex I (COPI) By Negative Stain Electron Microscopy