Anthony J. MacKay Student Paper Contest 

The 2019 Anthony J. MacKay Student Paper Contest will be announced soon!
What Is It?

Each year the Student and Young Professionals Committee organizes a student paper contest in conjunction with the CRPA Annual Conference. Three finalists will be selected and given the opportunity to present their work at the conference, which will be held in Ottawa, Ontario from May 27 to 30, 2019. Conference registration, travel and lodging will be provided for all three finalists. The winner will be awarded the Anthony J. MacKay trophy and will have their paper published in the CRPA Bulletin. The deadline for entries will be announced soon.

All students who enter the contest will be given a free one-year membership in the CRPA.

Who Can Enter?

This contest is open to all students enrolled full-time in a Canadian college or university program related to the radiation sciences. All finalists must be able to attend the conference in person to present their work. If you are unable to attend, you may lose your position as a finalist.

The only guideline for the topic of the paper is that it be related to some aspect of radiation. The topic is intentionally kept broad to encourage participation from a wide range of students. The judging criteria (Student Contest Judging Criteria) are available for all participants to view so they can understand how the judges will be assessing their entry.

Please follow the submission instructions described below. Contest entries should be submitted in pdf format.

Page 1 of your entry:

  • all author names, educational affiliations (underline the author that would receive the prize should the entry win)
  • paper title
  • your paper’s 6 digit-code. Use the first letter of your surname, the last letter of your given name, and the last letter of your postal code, and the last 3 digits of your phone number
  • do not put any paper content on page 1.

For example:

A paper by John Smith, who lives at K1Y4E9, phone number 123-456-7890 would have the code SNE890.

All other pages of your entry:

This section must be no longer than 750 words and must contain the following sections:

  • Background or Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion

We recognize that the submission deadline for the contest is early enough in the school term that final results may not yet be available. If this is the case, simply state this in your results/conclusion sections along with any expected results or results to-date. Please do not include any images or graphs in your entry.

Ensure that there is no identifying information (i.e. author name, educational affiliation) in this section. The header should instead list your 6-digit code ONLY. This ensures that your entry can be rapidly anonymized for judging. Check out our sample entry.

Can I submit my paper to the conference and to the contest?

Yes! The contest and the conference are run separately, so if you are not chosen as a finalist you are still welcome to present your work during our scientific sessions. If you would like to submit your abstract to the conference for consideration, please submit it via the conference website by  March 27, 2019.

You will receive notice from the conference committee if your paper has been accepted into the scientific program.

Note that if your abstract is accepted by the conference committee and you are not selected as a contest finalist, you are responsible for all costs associated with registration and travel like all other conference delegates. We endeavour to have the contest results available by April 27th so that the contest entrants can plan accordingly.

I don’t want to enter the contest. What else can I do?

Although the contest itself is only open to papers, there are other ways students can participate in the conference. Anyone wishing to submit a poster is welcome to do so, although a formal poster session will only run if there is enough interest. Students are also encouraged to submit abstracts for a presentation at the conference. More details on abstract and poster submission can be found under the “Presenters” section of the conference website.

Even if you don’t have a paper, poster or abstract to submit, students are strongly encouraged to attend the conference as a delegate. It is an excellent opportunity to network and meet other professionals in the radiation sciences. The conference material is always interesting and the social events are a great time. Students are also offered a significant discount on registration fees. If you miss the contest, we’d still love to see you at the CRPA Annual Conference in Ottawa. You can register for the conference here.

For more details about the student contest or if you have any other questions about the conference, send an email to We hope to see you there!


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