A number of Canadian awards and honours are available specifically for theoretical and/or computational chemists, such as the following from the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC)

In addition, the CATC also manages a number of awards for both researchers and students, as detailed below.

CATC Honourary Awards

The CATC Honourary Lectureship is bestowed upon researchers who have made significant contributions in theoretical/computational chemistry and/or to the Canadian theoretical and computational chemistry community. Award recipients are invited to present a lecture at the Canadian Symposium on Theoretical and Computational Chemistry.

Award Recipients

Year Recipient Institution
2019 Dennis Salahub University of Calgary
2018 Ajit J. Thakkar University of New Brunswick
2017 Axel D. Becke Dalhousie University
2016 Arvi Rauk University of Calgary
2014 Raymond Kapral University of Toronto
2010 Russell J. Boyd Dalhousie University


The CATC Board is currently seeking nominations for the 2019 CATC Honourary Lectureship. Please email the completed nomination form summarizing the nominee's contributions to by midnight October 31, 2018. Questions regarding the nomination process can be directed to

CATC-Sponsored Student Awards

To support the younger generation with interests in theoretical/computational chemistry, the CATC sponsors monetary awards in both the oral and poster categories for student presentations at conferences. These presentations usually showcase the results from undergraduate thesis work. Clicking on a specific year shows the award winners for that year.


Southern Ontario Undergraduate Student Chemistry Conference (SOUSCC), March 30, University of Toronto Scarborough

  • Salena Hoesterey (Western), Physical insight into photoluminescence and electrochemiluminescence of carbon quantum dots (with Z. Ding) [oral]
  • Tzu-Ching Yen (Toronto), Reduction of the number of separately measured terms in the Variational Quantum Eigensolver method (with A. Izmaylov) [oral]
  • Reynolds Dziobek-Garrett (Toronto), Core-shell quantum dot sensitizers in upconversion devices (with M. Wilson) [oral]

Western Canadian Undergraduate Chemistry Conference (WCUCC), June 14 - 15, University of British Columbia Okanagan

  • Maria Matlinska (Alberta), Fighting bone demineralization with metal-organic frameworks: Hydrothermal synthesis and biological studies of novel alkaline earth biomaterials (with V. Michaelis) [oral]
  • Simon Edelmann (British Columbia, Okanagan), Designing a benchmark database for reaction barrier heights and transition state structures (with G. Dilabio) [poster]


Southern Ontario Undergraduate Student Chemistry Conference (SOUSCC), March 24, Wilfred Laurier University

  • Sydney Legge (Western), Probing surface chemistry at the monolayer level with PM-IRRAS (with W. Luo, F. Lagugné-Labarthet, and M. Workentin) [oral]
  • Maya Olechnowicz (Western), Investigating CO2 adsorption and dynamics in the metal-organic framework ZnAtzOx-MeOH (with B. Desveaux, B. Lucier, and Y. Huang) [oral]
  • Ruben Mirzoyan (Toronto), Near-field infrared spectroscopic properties of boron nitride nanotubes upon polymer binding (with G. Walker) [oral]
  • Xinyu (Linda) Ye (Western), Can molecular simulations help understand Alzheimer's disease? (with M. Karttunen) [oral]

Western Canadian Undergraduate Chemistry Conference (WCUCC), April 30 - May 3, University of Winnipeg

  • Zhongren (Tony) Jin (Alberta), Structure and bioactivity of calcium and strontium borophosphate glass: A solid-state NMR study (with V. Michaelis) [oral]
  • Maria Matlinska (Alberta), Synthesis and structural characterization of novel alkaline earth bio-MOFs (with M. Ha, G. M. Bernard, B. Hughton, A. K. Iyer, A. Mar, and V. Michaelis) [oral]
  • Chris Sitko (Brandon), Computational assessment of ilomastat derivative for the inhibition of MMP and glioma migration (with A. Poole, B. Hill, V. Chen, and E. Bushnell) [poster]
  • Micaela Lisogorsky (Manitoba), Design of di-alkyl conduritol aziridines as molecule probes for b-exoglucosidase glucocerebrosidase (with J. Grauer, C. Phenix, and R. Davis) [poster]

Science Atlantic/CIC Chemistry Student Conference (ChemCon), June 7 - 9, St. Mary's University

  • Archita Adluri (Memorial), Conformation dynamics of Keap1 reactive site Cys151 changes due to electrophilic influences (with C. Rowley) [oral]
  • Christopher Qui (Memorial), Computational study of tetrabenzocoronene derivatives (with Y. Zhao and C. Flinn) [poster]


Southern Ontario Undergraduate Student Chemistry Conference (SOUSCC), March 18, York University

  • Roman Korol (Toronto), Tunneling to hopping crossover in thermopower of the DNA molecular junctions (with D. Segal) [oral]
  • Angela Murcia Rios (Western), Investigating the rotary mechanism of ATP synthase using molecular dynamics simulations (with L. Konermann) [oral]
  • Deborah Chan (Western), Farming photons: Computational and spectroscopic studies of phthalocyanines as a photosensitizer in dye-sensitized solar cells (with M. Stillman) [oral]
  • Lisa Labine (Laurentian), Analysis of tramadol and metabolites in skeletal remains by UPLC-qToF MS: Effects of the Dose-Death Interval on drug and metabolite levels (with J. H. Watterson) [oral]

Western Canadian Undergraduate Chemistry Conference (WCUCC), May 3 - 5, University of Alberta

  • Zhibo Wang (Alberta), Determining conical intersections of fluorescent protein chromophores (with A. Brown) [oral]
  • Cat-Tuong Huynh (Alberta), Benchmarking QUANTUM ESPRESSO: Assessment of the accuracy of the computationally determined solid-state \({}^{17}\)O NMR magnetic shielding of alkaline earth metal oxides (with A. Brown) [poster]
  • Xin Wang (Alberta), Molecular modeling of drug interactions with modified \(\gamma\)-cyclodextrins (with J. Klassen) [poster]

Science Atlantic/CIC Chemistry Student Conference (ChemCon), May 4 - 6, Memorial University

  • Ernest Awoonor-Williams (Memorial), Advancing kinase inhibitor drug discovery through computational modelling (with C. Rowley) [oral]
  • Archita Adluri (Memorial), DFT-Calculated molecular polarizability as a single parameter descriptor for the partitioning and phase behaviour of chlorinated and broninated compounds (with C. Rowley and C. Young) [oral]

Southern Ontario Undergraduate Student Chemistry Conference (SOUSCC), April 2, Trent University

  • Andy Huynh (McMaster), Molecular electronics devices: Diodic behaviour and light emitting diodes (with R. S. Dumont) [oral]
  • Vanessa Tran (Waterloo), Separating the isomers of the protonated phenylalanine/serine dimer (with S. Hopkins) [oral]
  • Vanessa Rodrigues-Machado (Toronto), Tailorable anisotropy of cellulose nanocrystal containing hydrogels and aerogels via freeze casting and elsastomeric polyurethane foams with reversible isotropic and anisotropic thermal conductivities (with E. Kumacheva) [poster]
  • Connie Tang (Toronto), Tellurophene-functionalized gold nanoparticles: thermal reductive elimination of halogens using low energy light (with D. Seferos) [poster]

Western Canadian Undergraduate Chemistry Conference (WCUCC), May 6 - 8, University of Manitoba

  • Hessam Hosseini (Winnipeg), A computational study of boronic acid catalyzed aza-Piancatelli rearrangement (with J. Hollett) [oral]
  • Cat-Tuong Huynh (Alberta), Computational study on relative stabilities and excited states of tautomers of modified emissive RNA nucleabase (with M. Gedik and A. Brown) [poster]

Science Atlantic/CIC Chemistry Student Conference (ChemCon), June 2 - 4, Mount Saint Vincent University

  • Mitch Pinto (Acadia), Photophysical investigation of a novel family of Ru(II) dyads as photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy (with S. A. McFarland) [oral]
  • Archita Adluri (Memorial), DFT-Calculated molecular polarizability as a single parameter descriptor for the partitioning and phase behaviour of chlorinated and brominated compounds (with C. Rowley and C. Young) [poster]