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CSM Awards


Jump to: CSP Murray AwardThermo Fisher Award | Armand Frappier AwardKnowles Postdoctoral Research Prize | Terry Beveridge Poster Competition Award |  Burrows Award (New!) | CSM Undergraduate Award | CSM Ambassador AwardCSM Student / Postdoctoral Travel Awards | ISME 8 Student Travel AwardsCedarlane, CCM, ISME 8 Student Award & ASM Best Poster Layout Award | CSM Members' Event support | ISME18 Travel Awards (New!)


Deadline for nominations for the following awards: Armand Frappier, Thermo Fisher, CSP Murray, Ambassador and Undergraduate Awards is April 15, 2021.  All travel awards have been cancelled for 2021 as the conference will be held virtually because of COVID19 pandemic and gatherings restrictions. The ISME18 South Africa Conference and travel awards are also cancelled due to the COVID19 Pandemic.  Due to the COVID-19 social distancing measures the award winner will be asked to give an online virtual presentation to CSM members sometime within the conference dates June14 - 17, 2021. Further details about the conference including the program will be available on the CSM-SCM 2021 Conference website.


CSM Murray Award for Career Achievement CSM


R.G.E. Murray

The CSM Award is the Society's Premier award for senior researchers. After several recent name changes over the last few years, the CSM Executive has decided to permanently name the award in honour of the Murray family. Professor R.G.E. Murray and his father E.G.D Murray had a seminal role in the genesis of the CSM, and both had storied careers in microbiology. The Society is honoured that Professor R.G.E. Murray has agreed to have the family name affiliated with the CSM Award. Canadian Science Publishing, publisher of the Canadian Journal of Microbiology, has been sponsoring the award since 2011.  We are now accepting nominations for the 2021 CSM Murray Award - the deadline for nominations has been extended to April 15, 2021.  Please refer to the 2021 CSM Murray Award Call for Nomination Information for more details.


Microbiology in Canada received national attention when Professor Emeritus R.G.E. Murray, University of Western Ontario, was appointed as an officer of the Order of Canada. He was honoured for his lifetime contributions to the development of microbiology in Canada. The Canadian Society of Microbiologists owes a special debt of gratitude to Dr. Murray. He was chairman of the Founding Committee for the Society, 1950-1951 and Founding President, 1951-1952. The Society, he said, was "a much-needed catalyst and unifier for the diverse applied and basic microbiologists of the country". He has remained an active member of the Society throughout his scientific career and was elected an honorary member in 1985. Societies and their journals, particularly the Canadian and American Societies, continued to be important to Dr. Murray over the years. He persuaded the National Research Council of Canada that a microbiology journal was a justifiable publication and was appointed the founding editor of the Canadian Journal of Microbiology, 1954-1960. Prior to this appointment, he was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Bacteriology, 1951-1954, and again from 1980-1986. He found his editorship of Bacteriological (later Microbiological, then Microbiology and Molecular Biology) Reviews, 1969-1979, to be a challenge, during which he honed his editorial skills. This involvement with the review journal increased his interest in the affairs of the American Society for Microbiology. He was elected President, 1972-1973, and an honorary member in 1988. He was also elected an honorary member of the Society for Applied Bacteriology in 1988. One of Dr. Murray's passions in life has been taxonomy. He inherited this interest honestly from his father, E.G.D. Murray, who was a trustee of Bergey's Manual of Determinative Bacteriology, 1936-1964. After his father's death in 1964, he was asked to join the Bergey's Manual Board of Trustees, and thus began another long association of a Murray with Bergey's Manual. He was Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1976-1990. He has been a member of the International Committee for Systematic Bacteriology (International Association of Microbiological Societies) since 1962, and chairman from 1982-1990. He was elected an honorary member of ICSB in 1990. He was associate editor of the International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology, 1982-1990 and editor from 1991-1994, and he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Bacterial Diseases Network of Centres of Excellence in an advisory capacity.

Dr. Murray's research in bacterial cytology, structure and function, and systematics and taxonomy has brought numerous honours and awards: the Harrison Prize, Royal Society of Canada (shared with C.F. Robinow), 1957; Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada, 1958; the Canadian Society of Microbiologists Award, 1963; election to the American Academy of Microbiology, 1973; the Flavelle Medal, Royal Society of Canada, 1984; and the J. Roger Porter Award, American Society for Microbiology (U.S. Federation of Culture Collections), 1987. He also holds honorary degrees from the University of Western Ontario and the University of Guelph and was granted the degree Doctor of Science honoris causa by McGill University in 2007. And, many of his students and postdoctoral fellows continue the fine road in microbiology he has forged for them.  

Thermo Fisher Award
 Fisher Scientific Canada

This award is given to stimulate and recognize new researchers in the microbiological sciences. The award comprises of complementary registration to the annual conference,  $1,500.00, and an inscribed scroll. More information about the award and the nominations process is available soon. We are now accepting nominations for the 2021 Fisher Scientific award - the deadline for nominations has been extended to April 15, 2021.   Please refer to the 2021 CSM Thermo Fisher Scienific Award Call for Nomination Information for more details.


Armand-Frappier Outstanding Student Award

Armand Frappier

University nominations are reviewed and ranked by a 3-member International Scientific Committee. The award consists of a cheque of $500, framed certificate, travel, accommodation, and complementary registration to the annual conference. The Armand Frappier Award is made possible by the generous financial support of CSM. We are now accepting nominations for the 2021 Canadian Graduate Student Microbiologist of the Year award. The nominations deadline has been extended to April 15, 2021. Please refer to the Terms of Reference and complete the nomination form (PDF) or (Word) format.



Armand Frappier was a founding member of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists, and its third president (1954-55). It is with great pride to report that this past year he has been inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. A full accounting of his accomplishments, and links to a vignette are available at Canadian Medical Hall of Fame website.

In order to honor Armand Frappier the Society has renamed one of its major awards. The CSM Gold award is now Armand-Frappier Outstanding Student Award/La bourse Armand-Frappier pour l'étudiant exceptionnel. The award with its new name was presented for the first time at the CSM 2012 Annual Conference in Vancouver.

CSM Knowles Postdoctoral Research Prize 

Professor Roger Knowles, Professor Emeritus, Department of Natural Resource Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Macdonald College, McGill University. Roger Knowles was an internationally recognized leader in nitrogen and carbon cycling in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. His contributions to advancing our knowledge of denitrification, nitrification, nonsymbiotic nitrogen fixation and methane cycling is documented in over 160 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Roger’s lab provided training to over 50 graduate students and 20 postdoctoral fellows. Roger was a past president of the Association des Microbiologistes du Quebec and the Canadian Society of Microbiologists. He served on several committees as a member of the American Society for Microbiology and Soil Science Society of America. Roger was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1987, awarded a D.Sc. from the University of London in 1986 and was a member of the Society of Sigma Xi. Please refer to terms of references

Terry Beveridge Poster Competition Award 

Dr. Terry Beveridge was a strong supporter of the CSM, always an advocate for excellence in student research and in communication of their work. He participated as a reviewer of poster and oral presentations and was enthusiastically supportive of recognizing outstanding achievements. Following his death in 2007, his colleagues in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology established a scholarship fund to help graduate students expand their knowledge in the field of microbiology. Terry’s family and his colleagues in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Guelph have worked with the CSM to transfer the Terry Beveridge Memorial Scholarship Fund for administration by the CSM in support of graduate student activities. The Terry Beveridge Memorial Scholarship Fund is now sponsoring awards of $500 each for 3 meritorious poster presentations at the annual CSM conference. As of the 2013 CSM Conference, the poster competition will be named the Beveridge Poster competition and three awards will be presented to the best student, first/senior authored posters at the CSM Annual conference.


Terry Beveridge was a Professor of Microbiology at the University of Guelph for 29 years where he developed many approaches using electron microscopy to understand bacterial structure. Terry’s focus on microbes began at the University of Toronto where he completed both B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees, his M.Sc in the lab of Dr. M. Goldner working on anaerobes associated with periodontal disease. In 1974 he began his PhD at the University of Western Ontario under the supervision of R. G. E. (Bob) Murray. Terry’s interest in the application of electron microscopy was sparked in Dr Murray’s lab and developed into a lifetime passion. Terry’s time at Western and his work with Dr Murray and his colleagues in the Murray lab resulted in 8 publications in his first 4 years and several more in subsequent years as Terry was getting established at the University of Guelph. Using electron microscopy as his foundation, Terry developed a wide range of collaborations including chemists, physicists, and microbiologists, thereby exposing his own students to a breadth of approaches that could serve as a definition of multidisciplinary research. A large number of undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral fellows were mentored by Terry, always with a guiding patience (well, almost always patient) that encouraged independent thought and innovative approaches.

Terry published extensively during his career, producing over 260 peer-reviewed journal articles, more than 60 books, book chapters and reviews, and gave numerous guest lectures, travelling worldwide. He also held several visiting professorships, carried out consulting work and was active on many scientific committees. In addition to contributing to the scientific literature, he was also instrumental in maintaining its quality, serving as editor of the Journal of Bacteriology for several years and as a contributing editor to a wide range of scientific journals. Terry was the recipient of many awards including the Canadian Council's Killam Prize, Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada, Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology, a Culling Medal from the U.S. National Society of Histology for unraveling the chemistry of the Gram stain, and was the first microbiologist to win the prestigious Steacie Prize, awarded by the National Research Council to outstanding scientists under 40 years old. Terry was awarded the Roche Diagnostic CSM Award for career achievement in 1994. In 2002, he received a Canada Research Chair in the Structure of Microorganisms. As his research evolved, Terry became a leading figure in the science of Geomicrobiology and in specialized applications of electron microscopy that brought us amazing images. In 2009 a newly discovered bacterium was named in honour of Terry. The isolation and characterization of Bacillus beveridgei is first described in Extremophiles (2009) 13:695–707. Terry contributed enormously to the Canadian microbiology scene and the CSM is grateful for the opportunity to honour his achievements via the Beveridge Poster Competition.

The Burrows Award for Womxn in Microbiology   

Dr. Lori Burrows, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

Biography: Professor Lori Burrows is a microbiologist, Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, and international expert on the structure, function, and regulation of type IV pili (T4P), ubiquitous bacterial virulence factors used for adherence, DNA uptake, biofilm formation, and twitching motility. Using the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa as a model, her group studies its pilin repertoire (relevant to vaccine design), pilin glycosylation systems involved in bacteriophage defense, structure-function of the pilus assembly system and its integration into the cell envelope, and the complex regulation underlying T4P function. Her group also studies biofilm formation, particularly stimulation of biofilm development by sub-inhibitory antibiotic concentrations and exploitation of the stimulation phenotype to find new antimicrobials for multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria. Burrows’ research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Glycomics Network, the Ontario Research Fund, and industrial support. She has published over 120 peer reviewed papers, reviews, and book chapters (h-index 49). She is currently the Associate Director (Partnerships and Outreach) of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Diseases Research and serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Bacteriology (ASM), the Journal of Biochemistry (ASBMB), and ACS Infectious Diseases. Dr. Burrows is the receipent of the CSM 2020 Murray Award for Career Achievement. 


This award is possible because of support from Dr. Burrows, the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research at McMaster University and the Canadian Society of Microbiologists.


To recognize a womxn graduate student in microbiology who demonstrates both scientific excellence and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the microbiological and related sciences.

Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant must:

  1. be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, a person with protected/refugee status or an international student enrolled in a Canadian university at the time of application;
  2. be registered as a full-time student in a graduate program in microbiology or a related discipline working on microbiological problems;
  3. a member in good standing of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists; and
  4. be involved in activities that promote EDI in microbiological and related sciences.

Value of the award: $500.00

Number of awards: One

Frequency of the award: Annual

Level or program of study: Graduate

Application contact: Mrs. Wafaa Antonious, CSM Secretariat

Application deadline: April 15, 2021


Applications must be sent to the CSM Secretariat by email after registering for the CSM Annual Conference, and should include:

  1. a Curriculum Vitae; and
  2. two letters of reference that support the student’s excellence in their chosen field and their involvement in activities promoting EDI in microbiological and related sciences.

The applicant can self nominate. The applicant selected to receive the award will be notified by email and the award will be presented at the CSM Annual Conference with a framed certificate and the cheque for $500. A short bio and photo of the award winner will be posted on the CSM Awards winners webpage and included in the CSM Annual Conference Program book.

CSM Undergraduate Award

Up to six awards valued at $500 each. The award is accompanied by a certificate of merit.

To recognize outstanding promise in an undergraduate student for early career contributions to microbiology and to encourage continued interest in microbiology and student engagement with the CSM.

Any faculty member of a Canadian university may nominate one full-time student for this award each year. The student must be a CSM member at the time of nomination. Nomination letters must be accompanied by a 1-page (single-space, 12pt font, 2 cm margins) essay by the nominee called “Why the study of microbiology is big science” in addition to an unofficial transcript of the nominee. Essays will be evaluated on how 'big science' is defined, on the clarity of the central argument(s) for why the study of microbiology is a ‘big science’, the quality and use of example(s) justifying the argument(s) posed, and how microbiology impacts their own career development/ plans.  Applications should be sent as a single combined PDF document to the CSM Secretariat and will be accepted until April 15th, 2021. Nominations will be evaluated by the Education and Careers Committee based on the student essay, academic performance, and the nominating letter.

A photograph of the recipient receiving the award certificate must be submitted for use on the CSM website within one month of presenting the award.

CSM Ambassador Award

Up to two awards valued up to $1500 each. The award includes a $200 honorarium and up to $1300 to cover travel-associated expenses.

To enable outstanding graduate students or early career postdocs (within 2 years of graduating) to present research at one or more Canadian academic institutions (a regional location and / or a national location). The ambassador’s home institution is not an eligible regional location. Refreshments, intended for other graduate students to network with the Ambassador, is recommended if the budget permits.

A graduate student or early career postdoc must submit electronically an application in PDF format to the CSM Secretariat by April 15th, 2021. To be eligible, the applicant must be a current member of the CSM and have been a member for at least two years at the time of the application. The application must include
  1. a letter of reference that specifically comments on the oral communication skills of the applicant (typically the student supervisor)
  2. an abstract of the talk written by the applicant (100 words or less), a justification for two target institutions for presentations (50 words or less) and a digitally recorded video. The 5-minute (or less) video must feature the applicant explaining why the committee should select them to serve as a CSM Ambassador, entitled “Why I want to be a CSM  Ambassador”. Note that priority will be given to applicants from institutions that have not been awarded a CSM  Ambassador Award previously.

The CSM Ambassador must be a standing member of the CSM for at least two years at the time of application. The recipient must submit receipts for reimbursement within 8 months of receiving the award.  Please note that due to COVID19 travel and large gatherings restrictions, recipients of the 2021 Ambassador Award will be doing their presentations virtually.  CSM would be happy to provide any assistance in terms of logistics or financially to help with the virtual presentations. The recipient must also submit a short 100-word summary of the outcomes as well as a photographs of the talk to be shown on the CSM website. The Ambassador is also invited to present their summary in person during the Council and Annual General Meetings the following year if they are already attending the conference.

CSM Student / Postdoctoral Travel Awards - Suspended for 2021

A maximum of twenty travel awards to the CSM Annual Conference in the amount of $250 each will be given.


  • All Students and Postdoctoral Fellows who are registered as CSM members and are submitting an abstract will be automatically considered for the travel awards with the following provisions listed below.
  • Only one award will be provided per laboratory
  • The awards will be given to Students and Postdocs from outside the province where the conference is being held.
  • The CSM Meetings Secretary will select the awardees on a lottery basis and advise the award winners before the conference.
  • Students selected to participate in the Student Symposium Competition will not be considered for these travel awards as they are already receiving travel awards as participants of the competition.
  • These travel awards can be combined with the Beveridge Poster Award and Knowles PD Research Prize.

Travel Awards will be presented at the CSM President Banquet. 

ISME-8 Student Travel Awards - Suspended for 2021

A maximum of five travel awards in the amount of $400 each are available to cover travel to the CSM Annual Conference.  


  • students must be CSM members and provide the following at the time of abstract submission: 
  • 1) conference abstract
  • 2) 1-page description of the research project and future goals
  • Awards will be given to students from outside the province where the conference is being held.
  • Submissions will be evaluated by the Career Development Committee based on the conference abstract and description of research project/goals.
  • Both the abstract and 1-page research description should be sent to jneufeld@uwaterloo.ca on or before the abstract submission deadline . Late requests will not be considered.

Abstracts must also be submitted as part of the regular registration process

Travel Awards will be presented at the CSM President Banquet. 

Cedarlane, CCM and ISME 8 Student Symposium Awards & ASM Best Poster Layout Award 
ISME-8 student awards
The CSM would like to acknowledge The Atlantic Canada Society for Microbial Ecology for their support of $2,000. This will support one award worth $500 and a certificate presented by the Atlantic Canada Society for Microbial Ecology. The award will be presented for the best student oral presentation in microbial ecology. The balance of the funds will support student travel awards.
The Atlantic Canada Society for Microbial Ecology
CCM student awards
The CSM would like to acknowledge The Canadian College of Microbiologists for their support of $800. This will support one award for $500 and a certificate presented by the Canadian College of Microbiologists. The award will be presented for the best student oral presentation. The balance of the funds will cover the cost of the frame, certificate and travel awards.
Canadian College of Microbiologists
Cedarlane student award
The CSM would like to acknowledge Cedarlane's support. This will support one award of $500 and will be presented to the best student presentation as part of the student symposium competition. The plaque will be prepared by Cedarlane and forwarded to the winner after the conference.
Cedarlane Laboratories Limited
ASM Best Poster Layout
The ASM Best Poster Layout award will consist of:
1. A one-year membership to the ASM
2. Up to $100 credit at the ASM bookstore
3. An ASM plaque.
American Society for Microbiologists

CSM Members' Event Support

To have a line-item in the CSM budget for $5000 (subject to projected financial standing of the society on an annual basis), to support member-associated events. Of this, $2000 will be dedicated to student centered events (with requests from student members), and $3000 will be dedicated to general member-associated events.

The application for support must come from a CSM member in good standing, and must detail how the event aligns with the CSM mandate of advancing all aspects of microbiology, and facilitating the exchange of ideas between microbiologists. The application must also outline the financial ask, a detailed description of how the funds would be used, and a description of how CSM support would be acknowledged. For Student Events, please refer to the guidelines posted on Student Events Support page. 

A post-event report (maximum of 1 page) will be required within three months of event completion, detailing how the funds were used, and how CSM support was acknowledged.

The CSM will prioritize support for:

  • events held in Canada
  • events that benefit or feature students/HQP/trainees
  • events that may be attended by a number of CSM members
  • CSM student/PDF attendance at international meetings
  • symposium/speaker sponsorship within conferences organized by CSM members

Support levels:
Under normal circumstances, requests of up to $1000 will be considered. Extraordinary requests for larger sums may be considered if sufficient justification is provided. Please note that funding at any level is not guaranteed.

Applications must be submitted to the CSM Secretariat, and final decisions on funding awards will be made by the CSM Executive.

There is a finite budget associated with event support (which can vary from year to year), and thus members are encouraged to submit applications in the fall, as decisions are made on a first come, first served basis.

CSM/SCM – ISME18 Travel Awards to Cape Town, South Africa - Conference Postponed to 2022 & nominations suspended for 2021

Award description:

This year the CSM and the 18th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology (ISME18) are sponsoring up to ten travel awards, of $1000 CAD each, to graduate students (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) and post-doctoral fellows who are CSM members to travel to the upcoming ISME18 Conference held in Cape Town, South Africa has been postponed (Details of the conference can be found at: https://isme18.isme-microbes.org/).

Award Eligibility:

These awards are available to M.Sc., Ph.D. and Post-doctoral fellows (PDFs) applicants who have an active CSM membership. The applicant must be the presenter of the poster or the oral presentation at the ISME18 conference.

Award Application Deadline: .
Applicants will be notified of their success by email on or before .

Award Application Description:

Applications for the CSM/SCM - ISME18 Travel Award are 3 pages maximum, submitted as a .pdf file and should include the information outlined below:

1. Page 1 must include the following:
• The title of the abstract
• The applicant’s full name and contact details (work address, phone number and email address)
• CSM membership number
• A copy of the conference abstract (250 words total) that was or will be submitted to ISME18

2. Page 2 must include:
• A 1-page letter of support written by the applicant’s official supervisor on official University/ Institutional letter head to endorse the applicant’s attendance at this conference.

3. Page 3 must include:
• A 1-page personal statement written by the applicant, outlining why the applicant believes the Travel Award Review Committee should select their application for a travel award.

All applications should be submitted in a .pdf file format (no longer than 3 pages) with the filename containing the applicants' name as follows: "ISME18_AddSurname_AddFirstname_TravelAward.pdf" . Completed applications should be sent to Denice Bay at the following email address: dbaylab@gmail.com.

CSM-ISME18 Travel Award Reviewing Criteria:

Awards will be reviewed within 3 weeks of the application deadline composed of a minimum of three reviewers. Page 1 of the award will be assessed based on the scientific merit and quality of the submitted abstract. Page 2 will be ranked according to the quality of the supporting letter on behalf of the applicant. Page 3 will be assessed based on how convincing the personal statement is and the quality of the supporting evidence presented by the applicant to justify why they should receive funding.

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