Robert W. Stephens Memorial Award

The Robert W. Stephens Memorial Award is available to young scientists (grad students, post doctoral fellows or beginning scientists) involved in research relevant to the aims of the association. The award supports travel and attendance costs for young scientists to present the results of their research at the annual CWPA convention.
  1. The award is merit based and designed to inform the membership of ongoing research; it also allows young scientists, who might not otherwise attend CWPA, to present their research at the annual conference, thereby meeting others in the field as well as potential employers.
  2. The award is open to members and non-members of CWPA.
  3. The award is meant for entry level researchers including graduate students, post doctoral fellows and other researchers within the first 3 years of full time employment.
  4. The amount of the award is $1,000.
  5. One or more awards may be given at the discretion of the Awards Committee and the Board of Directors; all decisions are final.
  6. There is no limit to the number of applications from an individual institution.
  7. The R.W. Stephens award can only be granted once to an individual.
  8. Successful applicants must present their research at the conference and prepare a paper for the conference proceedings and participate fully throughout the whole conference (the final condition may be waived in exceptional circumstances).
  9. The cost of conference registration including scheduled conference meals will be waived for successful applicants.
  10. Successful applicants will also be acknowledged at the annual meeting and presented with a certificate and awarded one year’s membership to the CWPA.
  11. R.W. Stephen’s award applications must be submitted to the CWPA by June 1, preceding the annual conference.
  12. Applicants will be informed of the results of the competition, normally by June 30. Successful applicants must confirm acceptance within two weeks of being informed of the decision.
  13. Applicants must provide the following information:
  • Name, address, email address, telephone number;
  • CV including educational background, professional experience and publications;
  • Draft manuscript including scientific and technical impact of the research


Students who are interested in participating in the 2017 competition should submit their entries in electronic format to the CWPA.


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Past Robert W. Stephens Memorial Award Winners

2017: Dalenda Ben Ammar (Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue) Impact of nanofillers on the mechanical properties and fire resistance of wood high density polyethylene composites.
2016: Antoine Cogulet (Université Laval) Degradation of Wood Beneath the Coating: A Way for Monitoring the Coating State.
2015: Gabrielle Boivin (Université Laval) Biocidal Acrylic Latexes Prepared by Miniemulsion Polymerization for Wood Coating Applications.
2014: Kenny Cheng (University of British Columbia) Optimizing Profiling to Reduce the Checking of Pacific Silver Fir Decking.
2013: Wei-Dan Ding (Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue) MMA Hardened Hybrid Poplar Wood.
2012: Wei Xue (University of British Columbia) Mobilized copper from MCQ
2011: Arash Jamaili (University of British Columbia) Water Vapor Plasma Processing of Wood. Runner Up Daniela Tudor (University of Toronto) The Effects of Catechol Treatment on Fungal Melanin Stimulation of Spalting.
2010: Steven Ribarits (University of British Columbia) Finite Element Modelling of the Checking of Wood Exposed to Accelerated Weathering.
2009: Sedric Pankras (University of Toronto) Investigation of the distribution of copper ethanolamine complexes in Alkaline Copper Quat (ACQ) wood preservative.
2008: Amelie Janin (Universite du Quebec) “Optimization and economical study of a chemical leaching process for decontamination of CCA-treated wood waste”.
2006: Christoph F. Schauwecker (Oregon State University) “The use of wood preservatives for phytosanitation: A penetration and emergance study”.
2006: Mojgan Nejad (University of Toronto) “Improving the performance of wooden decks through coatings”.
2004: Hucheng Qi (University of Toronto) “The application of an accelerated hardening technique to recycle CCA-treated wood into wood-cement composites”.
2003: Levi Waldron (University of Toronto) “Prediction of long term leaching potential on inorganic wood preservatives by diffusion modelling”.