Each year, exceptional Queen’s Engineering students in their final year of study are honored for their stellar academic performance and outstanding extracurricular achievements. Accomplishments range from the highest GPA in a department to extraordinary creativity in the practice of engineering design to valuable and distinguished service to the Queens Engineering community.

The 2021 award recipients now join an esteemed group of fellow students who share high achievement in the Queen’s Engineering program. We are pleased to recognize our recipients and invite you to browse through a listing by department below.

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Chemical Engineering

Medal in Chemical Engineering

Danielle Clasky

A medal is awarded annually by the University to the graduating candidate who has demonstrated academic excellence in an honours degree, and who is deemed by a Department to have achieved the highest standing in a Plan offered by that Department.  Normally, a Department may nominate only one candidate for a medal.


B.E.C. Joyce Award

Danielle  Clasky

Awarded to a student graduating in Chemical Engineering who, in the opinion of classmates and department staff, is the outstanding graduate in Chemical Engineering; book prize.


Michele Mainland Memorial Graduating Scholarship in Chemical Engineering

Danielle  Clasky

 Established in memory of Michele Mainland, B.Sc. 1997, by family, friends, and fellow students to honour Michele’s love of learning and education. Awarded to a student graduating in Chemical Engineering with the highest academic standing and who is continuing to post-graduate studies either at Queen’s University or at another institution. Candidates should submit a letter of application to the Head of the Department by 1 April detailing their intended course of study. The recipient will receive the award in the Fall term on confirmation of registration in graduate school.


Michele Mainland Memorial Medal in Chemical Engineering

Jenna Foley

Established in memory of Michele Mainland, B.Sc. 1997, by family, friends, and fellow students in recognition of Michele’s efforts and courage. Awarded to a graduating Chemical Engineering student who, in the opinion of classmates and department staff, best exemplifies Michele’s personal qualities: persistence and cheerfulness in the face of adversity, sense of adventure, tenacity, courage and helpfulness to others; medal.


Society of Chemical Industry Merit Award

Danielle Clasky

Established by the Canadian Section of the Society of Chemical Industry to encourage scientific education in the universities and to recognize student achievement in scientific fields. Awards are given to students with the highest standing in the final year in each of the four fields of chemical engineering, engineering chemistry, honours chemistry, and honours biochemistry, provided that they have first-class averages and have completed their program in the normal number of years. The award is a plaque bearing the crest of the Society of Chemical Industry and the winner’s name, program, University and year.


E.T. Sterne Prize

Danielle Clasky

Founded by Dr. E.T. Sterne and awarded annually to a student graduating in Chemical Engineering who has highest aggregate standing in Chemical Engineering subjects taken throughout undergraduate years.

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Civil Engineering

Medal in Civil Engineering

Andrea Otamendi

A medal is awarded annually by the University to the graduating candidate who has demonstrated academic excellence in an honours degree, and who is deemed by a Department to have achieved the highest standing in a Plan offered by that Department.  Normally, a Department may nominate only one candidate for a medal.


Civil Engineering ’85 Award

Jared Mason

Awarded annually to a 4th year student in Civil Engineering who has contributed to the betterment of campus life through interest in the Engineering Society, Civil Club, campus activities and community affairs. The successful candidate must have maintained a satisfactory academic record. Applications and nominations should be submitted to the Head of the Civil Engineering Department.


H.M. Edwards Memorial Award

Lindsey Gill

Established by his family in memory of the late H.M. (Bert) Edwards, B.Sc. ’44, MSCE (Purdue), faculty member of Civil Engineering 1946-1985, as a tribute to his outstanding contribution to the Civil Engineering Department and the Faculty.  Awarded annually to the graduating student in Civil Engineering who, in the opinion of the Head of the Department and the Civil Engineering Scholarship Committee, has demonstrated notable proficiency in all fourth year courses


S.D. Lash Award

Isabel Heykoop

Awarded to a graduating student in the Department of Civil Engineering to encourage travel during the summer preceding the start of a graduate program at any University, in order to give the recipient an appreciation of practical problems in their field of interest.  Application is by letter, describing the studies they wish to pursue and the places they would like to visit, to be submitted to the Department of Civil Engineering by March 31.  Selection will be made by the Departmental Scholarship Committee.


C.W. Marshall Memorial Award

Lindsey Gill

Awarded annually to a graduating student in Civil Engineering who, in the opinion of the instructors, has demonstrated notable proficiency in the field of structural engineering during third and fourth years and whose academic proficiency has not been identified by a General Proficiency Medal or other distinctive honour


Edward Hugh McLellan Memorial Scholarship in Coastal Geotechniques

Daniel Westbroek

Established in memory of Edward Hugh McLellan, Sc.’80. Awarded annually to the Civil Engineering student with the highest aggregate standing in CIVL 341 and CIVL 451.


Parsons Award in Geotechnical Engineering

Amanda Fawley

Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, in consultation with geotechnical engineering instructors, to a graduating student in Civil Engineering or Geological Engineering (Geotechnical Option) who has demonstrated notable proficiency in the area of geotechnical engineering; bronze medal.


Carolyn F. Small Memorial Award for Design Innovation

Haley Adams

Established in December 2008 by friends and family in memory of Professor Carolyn F. Small, B.Sc. 1973, and awarded on the basis of demonstrated outstanding creativity in the practice of engineering design to an individual student or a group of students at Queen’s University who are directly involved with academic or sponsored extracurricular design efforts associated with or funded by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.  Letters of application must be submitted by 31 March to the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science for selection by the Operations Committee (Scholarship).


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Computer Engineering

Medal in Computer Engineering

Nicole Min Xin Ooi

A medal is awarded annually by the University to the graduating candidate who has demonstrated academic excellence in an honours degree, and who is deemed by a Department to have achieved the highest standing in a Plan offered by that Department.  Normally, a Department may nominate only one candidate for a medal.


D.M. Jemmett Award

Nicole Min Xin Ooi

Awarded to a student graduating from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department who has achieved the highest average in Electrical Engineering courses of all years. Average is based on marks of final examinations and not on results of any repeated courses.


Thomas F. LaPierre Award

Nicole Min Xin Ooi

Awarded annually to a graduating student from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department who has achieved the highest honours standing in the program.

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Electrical Engineering

Medal in Electrical Engineering

Brandon Caron

A medal is awarded annually by the University to the graduating candidate who has demonstrated academic excellence in an honours degree, and who is deemed by a Department to have achieved the highest standing in a Plan offered by that Department.  Normally, a Department may nominate only one candidate for a medal.

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Engineering Chemistry

Medal in Engineering Chemistry

Joshua Zacks

A medal is awarded annually by the University to the graduating candidate who has demonstrated academic excellence in an honours degree, and who is deemed by a Department to have achieved the highest standing in a Plan offered by that Department.  Normally, a Department may nominate only one candidate for a medal.


Dr. Wallace Graham Breck Memorial Prize in Engineering Chemistry

Joshua Zacks

Established by the family of Dr. Wallace Graham Breck, Sc.’50, M.Sc.’51, Ph.D. (Cantab University) and awarded annually to the graduating student who is the recipient of the University Medal in Engineering Chemistry in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.  Selection will be made by the Awards Committee of the Department of Chemical Engineering and approved by the Awards Committee of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.


L. A. Munro Awards in Engineering Chemistry

Lauren Gibson

Established by Professor L.A. Munro, who for many years was a member of the Department of Chemistry at Queen’s.  The award is presented annually for general proficiency to a graduating student of the Engineering Chemistry program.


Society of Chemical Industry Merit Award

Joshua Zacks

Awarded to the student with the highest standing in the final year in each of the four fields of chemical engineering, engineering chemistry, honours chemistry, and honours biochemistry provided that they have first-class averages and have completed their program in the normal number of years.


M. Sullivan & Son Limited Scholarship

Joshua Zacks

Established in December 2005 by the Sullivan family and awarded to a graduating student in Chemical Engineering or Engineering Chemistry in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science or Chemistry in the Faculty of Arts and Science on the basis of outstanding achievement for a research project in Chemistry.  Selection will be made by the Departmental Awards Committee and approved by the Awards Committee of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the Faculty of Arts and Science.


Ken and Marilyn Laver Scholarship

Joshua Zacks

stablished in March 2016 by Ken Laver, B.Sc. (Eng. Chem.) 1973, MBA 1976, and his wife Marilyn Laver (Wheeler), B.Sc. (Eng. Chem.) 1973. Awarded on the basis of academic excellence to students graduating in Engineering Chemistry or Chemical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science who are proceeding to graduate studies. Preference will be given in the following order to students who are enrolling in one of the following programs at Queen’s University; (i) Masters of Art Conservation, (ii) Masters of Business Administration, (iii) Masters or PhD in Engineering Chemistry or a Masters or PhD in Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University. The recipient will receive the award in the Fall term on confirmation of registration in graduate school. Candidates should submit a letter of application by 31 March detailing their intended course of study. Selection will be made by the Operations Committee (Scholarships) of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

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Engineering Physics

Medal in Engineering Physics

Trevor Vrckovnik

A medal is awarded annually by the University to the graduating candidate who has demonstrated academic excellence in an honours degree, and who is deemed by a Department to have achieved the highest standing in a Plan offered by that Department.  Normally, a Department may nominate only one candidate for a medal


The David Atherton Engineering Physics Design Award

Trevor Vrckovnik

Awarded to the graduating student in Engineering Physics whose Engineering Physics thesis is judged, by the examiners, to be the best on the basis of design, engineering content, innovation and presentation

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Geological Engineering

Medal in Geological Engineering

Anya Jacksteit

A medal is awarded annually by the University to the graduating candidate who has demonstrated academic excellence in an honours degree, and who is deemed by a Department to have achieved the highest standing in a Plan offered by that Department.  Normally, a Department may nominate only one candidate for a medal.

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Mathematics and Engineering

Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation of Education Medal for Academic Achievement

Emily Wright

Awarded to the student with highest academic standing in final year


J.B. Stirling Gold Medal

Emily Wright

Awarded annually to a student of the graduating class who has made the highest standing throughout the four-year program. A student who has failed a year is not eligible.


D.S. Ellis Memorial Award

Adam Pukier

Given by the class of Science ’55 as a memorial to Dean D.S. Ellis. Awarded to a graduating student who, in the opinion of classmates, has contributed to University life through extra-curricular activities and athletics and has maintained satisfactory academic standing.


Medal in Mathematics & Engineering

Emily Wright

A medal is awarded annually by the University to the graduating candidate who has demonstrated academic excellence in an honours degree, and who is deemed by a Department to have achieved the highest standing in a Plan offered by that Department.  Normally, a Department may nominate only one candidate for a medal.


Engineering Society Award

Andrew Vasila

Awarded by the Engineering Society to honour a student in fourth year who is not a member of the Engineering Society Executive and who contributed considerably to the welfare of the Engineering Society.


Annie Bentley Lillie Prize in Mathematics

Evan Arsenault

Awarded to a graduating student in Mathematics and Engineering who has the highest average on courses in mathematics in the final year; book prize.


Peter R. White Memorial Award

David Hoskin

Given as a memorial to Peter R. White by his friends and awarded to a graduating student in Applied Science who has made the most outstanding contribution to the creative arts and the development of inter-personal relations both on and off campus. Nominations will be submitted by the Engineering Society to the Applied Science Scholarship Committee.

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Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Medal in Mechanical Engineering

Graham Ritchie-Newbigin

A medal is awarded annually by the University to the graduating candidate who has demonstrated academic excellence in an honours degree, and who is deemed by a Department to have achieved the highest standing in a Plan offered by that Department.  Normally, a Department may nominate only one candidate for a medal.


L.M. Arkley Prize

Robert Topham

 Founded by the Scots Run Fuel Corporation of Morgantown, W.Va., in recognition of Professor Arkley’s interest in the proper methods of purchasing, analyzing and burning Coal. Awarded to a fourth year Mechanical Engineering student, or group of students, who submits the best paper, supported by an oral presentation, on a subject of the students’ choice and with the approval of the Mechanical Engineering Department. Selection will be made by the Department of Mechanical Engineering by 31 March.


Colin T. Bayne Memorial Award

Rebecca Wytsma

Founded by the Class of Mechanical Engineering ’76 and friends in memory of Colin Thomas Watson Bayne, B.Sc.’76. Awarded to the graduating Mechanical Engineering student who, in the opinion of the Department, has shown most proficiency in innovative design.


1st prize for the George Christie Design Awards

Harriet Chorney

Kenna Bartlett

Emily DiMonte

Johann Sapim

Conor Cristant

Established by J.G. Parrett, B.Sc. ’89, W.R. Sherwin, B.Sc. ’89 in memory of the late George Christie. The awards are presented to individual students or groups of students in Mechanical Engineering on the basis of their performance in the area of design and product modification in their fourth year Mechanical Engineering Design Project. The selection of award winners will be made by the Department.


2nd prize for the George Christie Design Awards

Georgia Lawson

David Altrows

Sydney Price

Johann Sapim

Nicole Foster

Established by J.G. Parrett, B.Sc. ’89, W.R. Sherwin, B.Sc. ’89 in memory of the late George Christie. The awards are presented to individual students or groups of students in Mechanical Engineering on the basis of their performance in the area of design and product modification in their fourth year Mechanical Engineering Design Project. The selection of award winners will be made by the Department.


3rd prize for the George Christie Design Awards

Matthew Jansen

Derek Posthumus

Alexandra Thayer

Matthew Pritchard

John Soliman

Maximilian Kaiser

Established by J.G. Parrett, B.Sc. ’89, W.R. Sherwin, B.Sc. ’89 in memory of the late George Christie. The awards are presented to individual students or groups of students in Mechanical Engineering on the basis of their performance in the area of design and product modification in their fourth year Mechanical Engineering Design Project. The selection of award winners will be made by the Department.


Conn-Gilbert Award

Graham Ritchie-Newbigin

Awarded to the graduating Mechanical Engineer who in the opinion of the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department, has displayed the most understanding of engineering thermodynamics.  The award was endowed in 1975 by Mechanical Engineering graduates to honour Professors H.G. Conn and W.D. Gilbert.  Their perceptive teaching of engineering thermodynamics for over thirty years earned them the attention, respect and affection of generations of mechanical engineers.


CSME Gold Medal

Graham Ritchie-Newbigin

Awarded by the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering to the student graduating in Mechanical Engineering who has achieved the highest overall cumulative average in 2nd, 3rd and 4th years.


Glen Chandler Milbourne Memorial Scholarship

Robert Topham

Established by his family, friends and colleagues to perpetuate the values Glen demonstrated during his time at Queen’s. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic performance to a student graduating from the Materials option in Mechanical Engineering who best exemplifies Glen’s interpersonal and communication skills, his dedication to teamwork and sportsmanship and his interest and proficiency in the metallurgical profession. In the case of students being equally eligible, preference will be given to a student who is continuing to graduate studies in the Materials and Metallurgical program at Queen’s. The selection is made by the Head of the Department in consultation with faculty and students.


Science ’71 Norman Fritz Memorial Award

Olivia Blair

Awarded annually to a fourth year student of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science who displays conspicuous leadership and management skill in a student-organized faculty activity, which has educational value. An example of such an activity might be that of Convener of the Science Formal. The recipient of the award is to be selected by the Dean of Engineering and Applied Science and the presentation will be made during the first quarter of each calendar year.


Zurbrigg Memorial Scholarship

Sydney Van Engelen

Established by H.F. Zurbrigg, Science ’31, in memory of his parents and awarded to a Canadian graduate of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science who is continuing at Queen’s either as a post-graduate in any faculty or as an undergraduate in the faculties of Law or Medicine. The award is made on the basis of scholarship and proficiency in the use of English language. The recipient will receive the award in the Fall Term on confirmation of registration.


J.D. McCowan Prize in Integrated Learning

Sydney Price

Established in January 2005 by colleagues and friends in recognition of the contribution made by Dr. James D. McCowan to the Integrated Learning Initiative in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Awarded to a graduating student or graduating members of the student team that has made a significant contribution to integrated learning during their time in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Selection will be made by the Operations Committee (Scholarship) of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

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Mining Engineering

Medal in Mining Engineering

Horton Liam

A medal is awarded annually by the University to the graduating candidate who has demonstrated academic excellence in an honours degree, and who is deemed by a Department to have achieved the highest standing in a Plan offered by that Department.  Normally, a Department may nominate only one candidate for a medal.


The Applied Rock Mechanics Scholarship

Connor Hameliy

Established in January 2012 by Jamie Archibald and the Rock Mechanics Group of the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining to honour those in the mining industry who strive to augment rock mechanics training and enhance the safety of all who participate in this industry.  Awarded on the basis of academic excellence to a student in the fourth year thesis course in the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining, who has submitted a thesis that relates to practical applications of rock mechanics principles in mining, or to development of fundamental applications of rock mechanics practice that may advance studies of enhanced mine safety.  Selection will be made by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Operations Committee (Awards).


Alan Bauer Memorial Prize in Mining Engineering

Colin Gill

Cameron Wile

Established by friends, colleagues and students of Alan Bauer, former Head of the Department of Mining Engineering, as a tribute to his outstanding contributions in teaching and research to the department. Awarded on the recommendation of the Head of the Department to fourth year graduating students in Mining Engineering at Queen’s. Two awards will be made annually for the thesis presentation component of course MINE 434. Awards will be presented on the basis of technical content and presentation skills.


F.K. McKean, Science ’40 Prize in Mining Engineering

Liam Horton

Established by the McKean family in memory of Fleetwood K. McKean, Science ’40. Awarded to the student in Mining Engineering who best demonstrates good written communication in the final year thesis. Selection will be made by the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining at Queen’s University by 31 March


The McLean Family Award in Student Design

Liam Horton

Established in March 2007 by the McLean family in honour of Kenneth McLean, B.Sc. Engineering Physics 2005, in appreciation for the valuable team experiences and life lessons learned from his active participation with the Queen’s Solar Vehicle Team from 2001 to 2005.  Awarded to an upper year student in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science who has a cumulative average of at least 65% and who is actively involved on a student design team, with preference to students who are members of the Solar Vehicle Team.  Preference will be given to students whose address on admission to Queen’s was from outside the Province of Ontario. Application is by letter, along with a written endorsement by a design team faculty member, to be submitted to the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science by 31 March.


Paithouski Prize

Liam Horton

Established in memory of Nicholas J. Paithouski (B.Sc.’40) by his son N. Joseph Paithouski (B.Sc.’80) and friends and awarded to the graduating engineering student who has demonstrated the most consistent improvement in academic performance. The cumulative annual point spread in sessional average over the most recent eight terms will be used as a basis for determining the winner.


L.J. Patterson Prize in Mine Management

Amy Lewyckyj

Founded by Lewis J. Patterson, retired President of Quebec Cartier Mining Company, who taught management within the Mining Engineering Department for 10 years. Awarded, on the recommendation of the Head of the Department, to a student graduating in Mining Engineering who has obtained the highest combined standing in fourth year mine management courses.


A.E. Segsworth Prize

Thomas Csathy

Founded by R.F. Segsworth of Toronto in memory of his brother. Open to a student in any year on the basis of the best essay describing his or her experiences in practical underground mining.


Sherritt International Corporation Prize in Mining Engineering (formerly Dynatec)

Gabrielle Samek

Awarded for combined standing in courses MINE 325 and MINE 444.


E.B. Wilson Memorial Prize in Mining Engineering

Kathryn Pilmoor

Established by family, friends, colleagues and students of the late Edward B. Wilson, Professor of Mining Engineering 1964-1983, as a tribute to his outstanding contribution to the Mining Department and excellence as a teacher. Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Head of the Department to the fourth year Mining Engineering student producing the highest rated undergraduate thesis on a topic involving operations research or computer applications in Mining.

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