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Faculty of Science Upper-Year Scholarships

A limited number of upper-year scholarships may be awarded to students in Honours Science.

Alberta Optometric Association Scholarships

The Alberta Optometric Association presents two scholarships in the amount of $500 to each of two students admitted to the first professional year of the School of Optometry. These are awarded on the basis of academic achievement to students who are residents of Alberta.

Alcon Award (for Achievement in Ocular Anatomy and Physiology)

Alcon Canada Inc. presents a cash award of $500 to the graduating student in Optometry who obtains the highest standing in Optometry 499A, Ocular Anatomy and Physiology Comprehensive Examination.

Allergan General Proficiency Prizes

The gifts of Allergan Inc. are awarded to the final-year students in the School of Optometry ranking first and second in general proficiency.

Allergan Prize - For Excellence in Anatomy of the Eye and Visual System

A cash award of $500 plus a plaque is presented to a student beginning second year in the Optometry program, on the basis of performance in the first-year anatomy courses.

Allergan Research Scholarship

The Allergan Research Scholarship is awarded to a student entering the third professional year of the Optometry program who has demonstrated academic excellence in Physiological Optics and who wishes to undertake research in this field during the Summer. The candidate for this award will be selected by the Graduate Committee of the School of Optometry.

Dr. W. Ross Andrews Prize for Clinical Proficiency

This $500 award was established by Dr. W. Bruce Andrews in memory of his father who practised optometry in St. Mary's, Ontario and was a part-time clinical supervisor for 25 years at the School of Optometry from 1967 to 1992. The prize is presented to the student with the highest standing in Optometry 348A/B for general clinical proficiency.

E.F. Attridge Prize

The gift of E.F. Attridge is awarded to the final-year student in the School of Optometry ranking highest in Pathology.

Dr. Howard A. Backman Scholarship

The Dr. Howard A. Backman Scholarship for Physiological Optics is awarded to a student entering the third professional year of the Optometry program who has demonstrated academic excellence in Physiological Optics and who has demonstrated need for support. The Graduate Committee of the School of Optometry will select the candidate for the award from those students applying and who are spending their Summer in research support in Physiological Optics.

Barnes-Hind Student Recognition Award

This award for $500 is to be given to a graduating student from the School of Optometry, demonstrating academic and clinical expertise in the area of contact lenses.

Bausch and Lomb Outstanding Achievement Awards

Total value of these awards is $1,000. These awards are given in recognition of ability and effort in the pursuit and application of knowledge in the contact lens field while a final-year Optometry student.

Bausch and Lomb Soflens O.D. Awards

Two $500 scholarships are awarded to Optometry students who demonstrate need and academic excellence in the preliminary courses related to the contact lens program.

T.T. Beattie Medal

The bequest of T.T. Beattie is awarded to the final-year student in the School of Optometry ranking highest in Orthoptics or Visual Training. The award is made as funds permit.

Bernell Clinical Optometry Award

This award is presented to a graduating student in the Optometry program who demonstrates high achievement and clinical proficiency in Binocular Vision. It consists of a certificate and $300 worth of supplies and equipment provided by the Bernell Corporation.

J.P. Bickell Foundation, Trustees, National Trust Scholarships

The Trustees of the J.P. Bickell Foundation provide a number of J.P. Bickell Foundation scholarships to be awarded to qualified students in the Chemical Engineering Department and the Earth Sciences Department in any of the second, third or fourth years of the program. To be eligible for one of these scholarships a student must obtain a minimum average of 75% in the previous term's or year's examinations.

Don E. Brodie Scholarship In Science

This scholarship is awarded to the full-time first-year Science student who earns the highest weighted average in the Fall Term Year One Honours Physics course and laboratory. The award honours the Dean of Science at the time of the creation of the Faculty of Science Foundation.

Canadian Contact Lens Society Prize

The proceeds of a fund invested on behalf of the Canadian Contact Lens Society is awarded to a final-year student in the School of Optometry who shows the greatest proficiency in the theoretical and clinical application of contact lenses.

Canadian Ophthalmic Laboratories' and Suppliers' Prizes

The Canadian Ophthalmic Laboratories and Suppliers provide funds to award the following prizes. Since the amount in the fund varies from year to year, they are awarded in sequence until the fund is exhausted each year.

  1. Three General Proficiency Prizes (value $250 each) awarded to the student in the School of Optometry standing highest in General Proficiency in each of the first, second and third years.
  2. Three General Proficiency Prizes (value $200 each) awarded to the student in the School of Optometry standing second highest in General Proficiency in each of the first, second and third years.
  3. Two awards to final-year students for academic excellence or proficiency in specified subjects.
  4. In addition to the above, prizes are awarded for highest academic standing in certain second-, third- and fourth-year subjects as funds allow.

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All of the above prizes are made available through contributions of the following Canadian Suppliers and Laboratories:

Canadian Society for Chemistry Prize

One award, to a Chemistry student, is made annually by the society. The award, consisting of an engraved medal and a Certificate of Merit, is given to the student with the highest academic standing in the penultimate year of her/his course.

Centennial Optical Scholarships

The Centennial Optical Company offers two scholarships in the amount of $250 to each of two students admitted to the first professional year of the School of Optometry. These awards are made on the basis of academic achievement. Recommendations for these awards are made by the Scholarship Committee of the School of Optometry.

Central Optical Award for Excellence in Special Studies

An award of $500 is given to a final-year Optometry student who has achieved excellence in her/his special study.

Chemistry Scholarships

Upper-year scholarships are offered to students on the basis of performance at UW.

CHEM 13 NEWS Research Assistantships

The Department of Chemistry offers CHEM 13 NEWS Research Assistantships to recognize academic excellence in students proceeding to a degree in Chemistry. The awards are made for one year at a time and are valued at $500 for one year. Award holders are required to work with a professor or her/his research group within the Department. Awards to students entering upper years are based on the previous year's academic performance.

E.J. Chisholm Memorial Scholarship

This $200 scholarship, established in memory of the late E.J. Chisholm, is awarded annually to the third-year student who demonstrates highest academic and clinical proficiency in Pediatric Optometry.

CIBA Vision Care Award

The CIBA collection of Netter's Medical drawings is awarded to a final-year Optometry student for clinical excellence.

A.W. Cole Prize

This prize, the gift of the Cole family and donated in honour of their father A.W. Cole, is awarded to the final-year Optometry student ranked highest in Clinical Proficiency.

J.A. Cowan Book Prize for Optics

This book prize will be presented each year in September to the student entering the third year of any Physics program who has the highest grade in either the course PHYS 256 or the courses PHYS 226/246 (Geometrical Optics/Physical Optics) (weighted equally), provided that this grade is greater than 80%.

I.R. Dagg Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Ian Ralph Dagg (1928-1993) came to the University of Waterloo in 1959 and served the University and the Physics Department for thirty-four years, finally as Chair of the Department from 1988 until his death in 1993. A fund has been established to endow the I.R. Dagg Memorial Scholarships, each initially valued at $1,000. These scholarships will be awarded to full-time students (one female and one male) who have completed the third year of an Honours Physics degree program at Waterloo with cumulative and Year Three averages of at least 85%. The recipients of these scholarships will also have demonstrated leadership qualities through participation in extra-curricular activities. No application is necessary.

Dow Canada Scholarship

Two scholarships valued at $500 each are presented; one to a third-year Co-op Chemistry student and one to a third-year Chemical Engineering student, who have attained good academic standing and demonstrated leadership abilities through either on-campus or community related extra-curricular activities and who have effective written communication ability. Applications should be submitted during the 3A term.

Earth Sciences Scholarships

The Department of Earth Sciences awards a number of scholarships in varying amounts to students in the Earth Sciences Department in each academic year based on academic standing in the previous year. These scholarships may be subject to the condition that no other scholarships are held concurrently.

Eastern Optical Bursary Scholarships

The Eastern Optical Laboratories Ltd. of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia offers two awards valued at $500 each to two students admitted to the first professional year of the School of Optometry. They are made on the basis of academic standing in preoptometry studies and financial need to residents of New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island. Applications to the Student Awards Office are due on September 15th of each year.

William Elsdon Thermodynamics Award

The prize is awarded annually to the highest ranking Science student in second-year thermodynamics courses offered by the Chemistry Department. No application is necessary.

Essilor Award for Academic and Clinical Excellence in Optics

The Essilor Optical Company presents annually this award of equipment to a final-year Optometry student with excellent academic standing in the areas of Geometrical or Optometrical Optics.

William Feinbloom Low Vision Award

A Low Vision Trial Set is awarded to the final-year Optometry student who has shown excellence in both the didactic and the clinical aspects of Low Vision care.

David M. Forget Memorial Award in Geology

Established in memory of David M. Forget, a $500 award will be made annually to a student enrolled in any Year Two Honours Earth Science Program. Students who can demonstrate an interest in geology combined with a love and respect for nature, display a good ability and interest in writing and can display dedication to studies should write a short essay (less than 1,000 words) explaining their interest in this award and addressing the criteria as stated above. Application essays should be submitted to the Scholarship and Awards Chair, Department of Earth Science, before the final day of lectures of the 2A term.

General Proficiency Medal

The gift of the Council, College of Optometrists of Ontario is awarded to the final-year student in the School of Optometry ranking highest in general proficiency.

Dr. Michael Gutwein Memorial Award

This $500 award and plaque has been made possible by contributions from classmates and friends in memory of Dr. Michael Gutwein. The award, which is not based on academic criteria, will be given to a final-year Optometry student who actively encourages fellow students to participate in athletic and social affairs.

Helen Sawyer Hogg Scholarship in Astronomy

A scholarship of $500 is presented annually in honour of Professor Helen Sawyer Hogg, a pre-eminent Canadian astronomer and inaugural chair of the Faculty of Science Foundation. Third- or fourth-year honours students enrolled in the Faculty of Science in a program leading to graduate work in Astronomy who have achieved an overall average of 80% are eligible. Candidates are nominated by the Faculty and interviewed by a selection committee.

Don E. Irish Scholarship in Science

This scholarship is awarded to the full-time first-year Science student who earns the highest weighted average in the Fall Term Year One Honours Chemistry course and laboratory. The award honours the Executive Director of the Faculty of Science Foundation during its formative years.

William F. James Sr. Debate Awards

The Faculty of Science Foundation has established the William F. James Sr. Debates competition in order to encourage the art of debate among Science undergraduates. Awards of $100 are made to each member of the winning team and $50 to each member of the runner-up team.

S.C. Johnson & Son, Ltd. Environmental Scholarship

This $1,500 scholarship has been jointly established by S.C. Johnson & Son, Ltd. and The Grand Valley Conservation Foundation in recognition of the Company's ongoing commitment to helping protect the environment. The scholarship is open to full-time students who have completed their third year or sixth term of an Honours program related to the environmental sciences with emphasis on Chemistry and/or Chemical Engineering. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Application forms are available in the Student Awards Office and must be submitted during the 3B term or third year of the Regular program prior to May 31 each year.

K-W Optical Company Awards

Awards are made to the two students in each of the second, third and fourth professional years in Optometry who have shown the greatest improvement in academic standing. In the fourth professional year the awards are for $250 and $200. In the other years the awards are for $200 and $150.

Bruce Wyler Kelly Memorial Prizes

Two prizes valued at $150 each are awarded to the two Science students with the highest standing at the end of Year Two. One prize is to be awarded to a student in Regular or Co-op Honours Biochemistry and one prize to a student in Regular or Co-op Honours Biology.

Leopold LaCourciere Award for General Proficiency

The Sudbury Association of Optometrists presents an award of $250 annually to the top final-year student of the School of Optometry who was a resident of District #3 at the time of acceptance to the School.

Lyle/Fisher/Bobier Prize

This prize is awarded annually to a student in the Optometry Program who has demonstrated academic excellence and is engaged in Summer research at the School of Optometry. It was established to honour the contributions of Professors Lyle, Fisher and Bobier to optometric research.

Douglas T. MacPherson Scholarship

AOCO Limited/Limitée presents annually the Douglas T. MacPherson Scholarship to a Canadian student admitted to the first professional year of the School of Optometry. This $1,000 award is made on the basis of academic achievement.

J.R. Matthews Memorial Prize in Biology

The colleagues, friends and relatives of the late Dr. Jonathan R. Matthews offer an annual $200 prize to the student who graduates from the Honours Biology (or Biochemistry) program with the highest overall average in third- and fourth-year courses.

Harry McLeod Co-op Chemistry Scholarship

A $600 scholarship is normally awarded annually to a high-ranking student entering Year Four of the Co-op Chemistry Program, selected on the basis of academic performance in 3A and 3B terms. No application is necessary.

Microsoft Technical Scholarship

Two awards valued at $5,000 each are awarded to full-time, undergraduate second- or third-year students in Computer Science, Computer or Electrical Engineering, Applied Math or Physics. The awards are based on interest in the software/PC industry, written and technical quality of the application and a minimum overall B average. Special applications are available from the Student Awards Office or the Computer Science Department and must be submitted by December 1 for Co-op and Regular students registered in the Fall term and by January 21 for Co-op students registered in the Winter term.

Jerome T. Miller Memorial Prize

A $50 prize was established in 1968 by relatives and friends in memory of the late Jerome Thomas Miller, BSc, MSc U66 (Honours Chemistry and Physics). The cash prize is awarded each year, on the basis of marks, to the student in third year of a program which combines studies in Chemistry and Physics.

Gretchen E. Mueller Memorial Biochemistry Scholarship

Scholarships valued at one-term's tuition have been established in memory of Gretchen Mueller by family and friends. The recipient will be the top student in Year Three (and in Year Four, when more than one scholarship is available) of the Honours Biochemistry programs, Regular or Co-operative. Recipients must be Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents who do not simultaneously hold any other major internal or external scholarships. No application is necessary.

National Research Council Training Program for Women in Science

The three year training program is for women undergraduate students in Engineering, Mathematics and Science, completing the first year of their program (to be accepted in the training program in their second year), who are high academic achievers and willing to work for the National Research Council (or an NRC partner) in either the summer or during their coop program. Applications and Information are available from the University of Waterloo Graduate Office. U.G.O. Deadline: February 22 (approx.)

New Brunswick Association of Optometrists Scholarship

The New Brunswick Association of Optometrists presents a scholarship in the amount of $250 to a resident of New Brunswick who is entering the first professional year of Optometry.

L.M. Newell Clinical Optometry Prize

This $500 award was established by Dr. Janis Newell (UW Class of 1982) to honour her father on his retirement from optometric practice after 43 years. The prize is awarded to a fourth-year Optometry student on the basis of clinical proficiency demonstrated in Optometry 348A/B.

Ocular Pharmacology Prize

A cash prize is awarded to an outstanding Optometry student for performance in the Ocular Pharmacology course.

Sir Isaac Newton Scholarships

SIN Scholarships are awarded annually to the top four students entering each of second, third, and fourth years in Honours Physics, both Regular and Co-op. Values are $750, $600, $450, $300 in each year. (These scholarships may be subject to the condition that no other scholarships are held concurrently.)

Ontario Rubber Group/Rubber Chemistry Division, CSC Award

The Ontario Rubber Group and the Rubber Chemistry Division of the Canadian Society for Chemistry have made available a $750 award. The recipient must be in either Engineering or Science, have demonstrated interest in the rubber industry and have high academic standing. Consideration will also be given to experience gained in work terms in a rubber-related field. Applications should be submitted during the 3B term. The decision will be made during the Winter term each year.

Optometric Services Award for Excellence in Practice Management

Optometric Services Inc., the national optometric services group, presents annually an award valued at $250 to the final-year student in the School of Optometry, who has demonstrated leadership with excellent academic standing, in the areas of professionalism and communication skills.

Optometry Faculty Summer Research Scholarships

The faculty of the School of Optometry provide funds for these scholarships to support Summer research by Optometry students. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit using the same criteria as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada uses to award Undergraduate Student Research Awards.

Optometry Scholarships

The School of Optometry awards scholarships annually to students admitted to the School of Optometry from Regular Science at the University of Waterloo. These awards will be made chiefly on the basis of scholastic achievement and as funds permit in Years One, Two, Three and Four in the School of Optometry.

Glyn Reesor Prize

A prize of approximately $200 in honour of Dr. Reesor is awarded annually to the third-year Physics student who obtains the highest mark in electronics.

Safilo Research Scholarship

The Safilo Research scholarship is awarded to a student entering the third professional year of the Optometry Program who has demonstrated academic excellence in Physiological Optics and who wishes to undertake research in this field during the Summer. The candidate for this award will be selected by the Graduate Committee of the School of Optometry.

Saskatchewan Optometric Association Scholarships

The Saskatchewan Optometric Association presents two scholarships of $500 to each of two students admitted to the first professional year of the School of Optometry. These awards are made to students who are residents of Saskatchewan. They are awarded on the basis of academic achievement.

Science Memorial Scholarships

These awards honour deceased students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the Faculty of Science. Awards are made, as funds permit, to students at any level in an undergraduate program in the Faculty on the basis of academic achievement. Contributions have been received in memory of:

Alfred Babineau          Wade Mesher
Nancy O. Bray            Mary R. Mitchell
J.L. Daniel              E.J. (Ted) Mulrooney
Nicola Duthie            John A. Reeves
Anne Fiedtkou            Randall E. Soley
Roman Guzowsky           Robert G. Sommerville
David Lamb               Michael Souliere
B.H. Luneberg            Steve Llewellyn

Society of Chemical Industry Awards

An engraved plaque is awarded by the Society to the student with the highest standing in the final year of Biochemistry, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

*Sony Science Scholarship Fund

Established by Sony of Canada Ltd. to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the arrival of the first Sony product in Canada and to show appreciation to Canadian people for their support, three scholarships valued at $1,000 each will be presented to an outstanding full-time undergraduate student entering fourth year in each of Engineering, Mathematics and Science.

H.A. Stein Scholarship

A $500 scholarship is awarded to a student who has demonstrated academic excellence in the Optometry Program and who has applied and been accepted to spend a Summer in Optometrical Research support.

Student Industry Field Trip Award/CSPG

The Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists makes available one award consisting of a certificate and a one-year membership in the Society. The award is presented to a student in either Earth Sciences or Geological Engineering who has demonstrated competence in petroleum geology or the related fields of stratigraphy, sedimentology, paleontology or structural geology.

Sunsoft Contact Lens Achievement Award

This award from Sunsoft Contact Lenses, is presented to a graduating student in the Optometry program who is deemed an outstanding contact lens clinician. The award consists of a certificate and $1,000 in Sunsoft contact lens products.

J.C. Thompson Memorial Prize

The $125 Award of the Alumni Association in memory of the late Dean J.C. Thompson is made to the final-year student in the School of Optometry who has ranked highest in clinical courses in Optometry (OPTOM 242, 252, 342 and 352).

Wesley-Jessen Contact Lens Award

This award of $1000 and an engraved plaque is presented annually by the Wesley-Jessen Contact Lens Company to the student completing the third-year professional program in Optometry who attains the highest mark in OPTOM 347 and demonstrates clinical proficiency.

Reginald Williams Memorial Scholarship

The award of $200 donated by Dr. L. Williams of Trinidad, is awarded to an outstanding student in the second professional year in the School of Optometry.

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