Anthony J. MacKay Student Paper Contest 

What Is It?

Each year the Student and Young Professionals Committee organizes a student paper contest in conjunction with the CRPA Annual Conference. The winner of the contest is given the opportunity to present their paper at the conference, which this year will be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from June 5 – 7, 2017. Their conference registration, travel and lodging will be provided. They will also have their paper published in the CRPA bulletin. All students who enter will be given a free one-year membership in the CRPA. This year, the contest is generously sponsored by McMaster Nuclear Reactor (McMaster University).

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.

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.

All entries must be no longer than 3000 words. Please follow the submission instructions described below. There is a new submission format that will make it easier for the contest organizers to distribute papers and receive results quickly.

CRPA 2017 Student Poster – ENG.pdf

EXTENTION – Papers must be submitted by April 10, 2017, 23:55 EDT using the form below.

Contest entries can be submitted in word or pdf format. Regardless of file type, please follow the following instructions for entry 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 a 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:

Ensure that there is no identifying information (i.e. author name, educational affiliation) on the pages of your paper. The header should instead list your 6 digit code ONLY. This ensures that the paper 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. If you would like to submit your abstract to the conference for consideration, please submit it via the conference website (link: by the March 31, 2017.   You have until March 31st, 2017 to submit your contest entry.

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, you are responsible for all costs associated with registration and travel, like all other conference participants. If you win the contest, we will then reimburse you or arrange for your other costs. We endeavor to have the contest results available by April 10th so that the contest entrants can plan accordingly.

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

Although the competition 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 “Call for Papers” 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 Saskatoon. You can register for the conference here.

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


Previous Winners

2017 – Aravind Ravichandran, University of Saskatchewan:  A Comparison of Cs-137 and X-Ray Sources as Calibration References for Thermoluminescent Dosimeter Chips

2016 – Zahra Anjomani, McMaster University:  Neutron Responses of a Novel Multi-element Microdosimetric Detector and Its Potential for Dosimetry.

2015 – Hongyan Sun, University of Manitoba: Turning Noise into Numbers: Simultaneous estimation of the radioactivity distribution and electron density map from scattered coincidences in PET

2014 – Rohan Ram and Ian Steadman, UOIT: Determination of Activation Products and Resulting Dose Rates for the Varian TrueBeam R03

2013 – Aaron Chester, Simon Fraser University: Monitoring rainwater and seaweed in southwest and central British Columbia, Canada reveals long-distance transport of I-131 following the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan

2012 – Steven Bartolac, University of Toronto: Fluence Field Modulated CT: Potential for Dose and Noise Optimization in Thoracic Imaging Applications

2011 – Lenora Makin and Chad Shew, UOIT: Design of a Portable Alpha Detector for a Radiation Triage Mask

2010 – Bibi N. Fajurally, McMaster University: Development of an Activated Thulium Source for the in vivo Measurement of Hg in Humans Using XRF

2009 – Matthew Howland:  Biological Effects of Alpha Particle Exposure in Human Monocytic Cells

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    Anthony J. MacKay Student Paper Contest / Concours de communications étudiantes Anthony J. MacKay