Departmental Awards

Department of Physics and Astronomy Awards

The Department of Physics and Astronomy recognizes the achievements of its undergraduates with a number of awards and prizes:

These awards and prizes are named after people who were associated in some form with York University. The money for the awards has been donated by colleagues and the friends of the people after whom the awards were named. Six awards are currently given on a yearly basis. The prizes are given to the best student in a given course (or set of courses) who continues to study at York in the subsequent year.

Our top students also do well in competitions for Graduate and Postgraduate Study scholarships, such as the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Post Graduate Scholarship (PBS) awards and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) awards program. These awards allow the recipients to chose whether to pursue graduate studies in physics and astronomy or in engineering, as the award frees them from the need to use a supervisor's research funds for a number of years. Some of these students take up their graduate studies at York while others attend other universities in North America.

The Herschel Prize

The Herschel Prize is given for outstanding achievement in PHYS 1070 3.0 Astronomy to recognize Sir William Herschel, his sister Caroline, and his son John, each of whom has made their own outstanding contribution to astronomy. The award is in the amount of $200.

  • 1991-1992 Marcel van Dalfsen
  • 1992-1993 Stephen Barnes
  • 1993-1994 Robert Ackerman
  • 1994-1995 Willem van Straten
  • 1995-1996 Bernard Firanski
  • 1996-1997 Stephen Hoffmann
  • 1997-1998 Robert Zlot
  • 1998-1999 Katrine Ireland
  • 1999-2000 Tsoline Mikaelian
  • 2000-2001 Hou Meng Ao
  • 2001-2002 Matthew Lightman
  • 2002-2003 Robert Breault
  • 2003-2004 Daniel Majonis
  • 2004-2005 Rachel Ward
  • 2005-2006 Silvio Bruni
  • 2006-2007 Tanya Charalambides
  • 2007-2008 Dominik Swierad
  • 2008-2009 James Schofield
  • 2009-2010 Gunbir Singh
  • 2010-2011 Liora Naroditsky
  • 2011-2012 Keavin Moore
  • 2012-2013 Emil Noordeh
  • 2013-2014 Hassan Chehaitli

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The Denise Hobbins Prize

The Denise Hobbins Prize is given for outstanding achievement in PHYS 1010 6.0 to commemorate Denise Hobbins who was a physics undergraduate at York and went to Cornell University for her PhD studies in physics. She was killed in a hit-and-run car accident shortly before defending her thesis. The prize has been set up by her family and friends. The award is in the amount of $200.

  • 1985-1986 Noam Eisen
  • 1986-1987 Jeffrey Lee
  • 1987-1988 Alain Marsman
  • 1988-1989 Liang-Hng Koh
  • 1989-1990 Tai Wong
  • 1990-1991 Ronald Francis
  • 1991-1992 Maciej Siarkiewicz
  • 1992-1993 Shaul Dwosh and Paul Kogan
  • 1993-1994 Willem van Straten
  • 1994-1995 Justin Sciarretta
  • 1995-1996 Tak Chan
  • 1996-1997 Maxim Garber and Ilona Kletskin
  • 1997-1998 Andrew Boulton
  • 1998-1999 Monika Kelemen and Marci Paskowitz
  • 1999-2000 Anna Arnadottir and Francisco Kibedi
  • 2000-2001 Raktim Ghatak and Matthew Lightman
  • 2001-2002 Tatiana Kachira
  • 2002-2003 Aftabul Haq, Allan Bayntun and Daniel Majonis
  • 2003-2004 Roman Tonkonojenkov
  • 2004-2005 David Bernstein
  • 2005-2006 Guannan Liu and Igor Obotnine
  • 2006-2007 Scott Mcclure
  • 2007-2008 Stephen Leong
  • 2008-2009 James Schofield
  • 2009-2010 Sneha Lohan
  • 2010-2011 Jonathan Lebon
  • 2011-2012 Shira Morris
  • 2012-2013 Justin Kim and Enghuot Leang
  • 2013-2014 Amanpreet Walia

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The R. M. Hobson Prize

The R.M. Hobson Prize is given for outstanding achievement in PHYS 2010 3.0, PHYS 2020 3.0, PHYS 2040 3.0, and PHYS 2060 3.0 to commemorate the late Robert Hobson who was Chairman of the Department of Physics for ten years. The prize has been set up by family and friends. The award is in the amount of $250.

  • 1979-1980 Rodney Kyle
  • 1980-1981 Peter Hall
  • 1981-1982 Akbar Shams
  • 1982-1983 William Dykshoorn
  • 1983-1984 Robert Simms
  • 1984-1985 Rajendra Persaud
  • 1985-1986 Peter Kovarik
  • 1986-1987 Noam Eisen
  • 1987-1988 Michael van Leeuwen
  • 1988-1989 Eric Rothery and Alain Marsman
  • 1989-1990 Liang-Hng Koh
  • 1990-1991 Cody Storry
  • 1991-1992 Ronald Francis
  • 1992-1993 Michal Chassi
  • 1993-1994 Kipp Cannon
  • 1994-1995 Jason Clarke
  • 1995-1996 Justin Sciarretta
  • 1996-1997 Sumble Kaukab
  • 1997-1998 Igor Olejar
  • 1998-1999 Matthew Weel and Andrew Boulto
  • 1999-2000 Monika Kelemen
  • 2000-2001 Savior Cauchi
  • 2001-2002 Siddharaj Chudasama
  • 2002-2003 Katarzyna Sowka
  • 2003-2004 Carson Mok and Anjali Sarin
  • 2004-2005 Adam Carew
  • 2005-2006 Rachel Ward
  • 2006-2007 Matthew Ouellette
  • 2007-2008 James Cain
  • 2008-2009 Victor Issac and Yverick Rangom
  • 2009-2010 Asaf Dror
  • 2010-2011 Antoine Sarracini
  • 2011-2012 Gary Kaplun
  • 2012-2013 Emil Noordeh
  • 2013-2014 Richard Bloch

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The W. J. Megaw Prize in Experimental Physics

The W.J. Megaw Prize is given for outstanding achievement in PHYS 3220 3.0 Experimental Physics to commemorate the late William (Jim) Megaw who was Chairman of the Department of Physics and Astronomy for ten years. The award is in the amount of $300.

  • 1985-1986 Rajendra Persaud
  • 1986-1987 Peter Kovarik
  • 1987-1988 Peter Hircock
  • 1988-1989 Noam Eisen
  • 1989-1990 David Weston
  • 1990-1991 Eric Rothery and Liang-Hng Koh
  • 1991-1992 Borys Medicky
  • 1992-1993 Michael Cardy
  • 1993-1994 Marcel van Dalfsen
  • 1994-1995 Stefan Myrskog
  • 1995-1996 Mark Fruman and Robert Ackerman
  • 1996-1997 Teresa Duck
  • 1997-1998 Paul Constantinou
  • 1998-1999 Andrew Johnston Raynor and Bernard Firanski
  • 1999-2000 George Karkas and Matthew Weel
  • 2000-2001 Gloria Spirou
  • 2001-2002 Savior Cauchi
  • 2002-2003 Salvatore Paneduro and Patrick Sheese
  • 2003-2004 Katarzyna Sowka
  • 2004-2005 Carson Mok
  • 2005-2006 Shoshana Winter
  • 2006-2007 Arash Akbari and Cecilia Leung
  • 2007-2008 Igor Obotnine and Rachel Ward
  • 2008-2009 Ariel Sibilia
  • 2009-2010 Caroline Guimaraes
  • 2010-2011 Asaf Dror and Arash Salehzadeh
  • 2011-2012 Nima Afkhami Jeddi, Nariman Khazai and Antoine Sarracini
  • 2012-2013 Jennifer Della Mora and Richard Thai
  • 2013-2014 Shira Morris

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Emeritus Professors Prize

This award is given to a student (Canadian citizen or permanent resident and Ontario resident) entering her/his final year of study in an honours program in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, who has achieved an excellent academic record over the entire university career while maintaining a course load of at least 24 credits/year and who has demonstrated need. The award is in the amount of $1,000.

  • 1999-2000 Bernard Firanski
  • 2001-2002 Louis-Phillipe Caron
  • 2002-2003 Stephanie Conway and Jeffrey Levine
  • 2003-2004 Devandra Chudasama and Svetlana Melnichuk
  • 2004-2005 Allan Bayntun and Carson Mok
  • 2005-2006 Adam Carew and Shoshana Winter
  • 2006-2007 Lijun Zhang
  • 2007-2008 Rachel Ward
  • 2008-2009 Ariel Sibilia
  • 2009-2010 Caroline Guimaraes and Yverick Rangom
  • 2010-2011 Asaf Dror
  • 2011-2012 Nima Afkhami Jeddi
  • 2012-2013 Anthony Salerno and Richard Thai
  • 2013-2014 Shira Morris and Emil Noordeh

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Charlene Anne Heisler Prize

The prize winner must have at least a B+ average in two or more (science) astronomy courses, and have shown an interest in communicating science while at York University. The award is in the amount of $300.

  • 2001-2002 Julie Tome
  • 2002-2003 Brenda Shaw
  • 2004-2005 Victor Arora
  • 2005-2006 Sarah Sadavoy
  • 2006-2007 Rachel Ward
  • 2007-2008 Theodore Rudyk
  • 2008-2009 Lindsay Nolan
  • 2010-2011 Fayruz Huq
  • 2011-2012 Rahila Amlany
  • 2012-2013 Amanda Desouza
  • 2013-2014 Sophia Nasr

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Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

The Gold Medal of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Toronto Centre will be awarded, when warranted, to the top graduating Astronomy major with a cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 7.5 who has satisfied the requirements of a 120-credit Honours B.Sc. program in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

  • 2006-2007 Sarah Sadavoy
  • 2007-2008 Rachel Ward

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The Embleton Award

The Embleton Award is awarded to one or two female students of Physics, Engineering Physics, Astronomy, Biophysics and/or Chemistry (excluding Biochemistry) who have completed 84 credits towards an Honours B.Sc. or B.A.Sc. and have earned a GPA of 6.0 (B) or better on the most recently earned 30 credits. To be eligible, applicants must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons or have Protected Person status, be Ontario residents and demonstrate financial need.

  • 2006-2007 Tho Hoang (Chemistry) and Mudita Kundra (Chemistry)
  • 2007-2008 Katayoun Mottaghi (Chemistry)
  • 2008-2009 Katayoun Mottaghi (Chemistry)
  • 2009-2010 Dana Aljawhary (Chemistry)
  • 2010-2011 Jaismeen Lamba (Chemistry)
  • 2011-2012 Yasmin Hassani (Chemistry)
  • 2012-2013 Yasmin Hassani (Chemistry)
  • 2012-2013 Rachel Giblon (Biophysics)
  • 2013-2014 Rachel Giblon (Biophysics)

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