The Karen Nicholson Award in Neuropsychology

Presented at the Annual Science Atlantic Psychology Student Conference
First presented in May 2008

The Karen Nicholson Award in Neuropsychology is presented annually for the best Neuropsychology undergraduate presentation (oral or poster) at the Science Atlantic Psychology Conference. Preference will be given to presentations dealing with human neuropsychology.

The Award

The award is a $100 cash prize which is presented at the conference. By accepting the prize, the winner agrees to have his or her name, presentation title, and abstract provided to the donor.


This award is sponsored by an anonymous donor.

About Karen Nicholson

Karen Nicholson (1971-2007) was a member of the Science Atlantic Psychology Committee whose research interest was in the neuropsychology of perception. Karen grew up in Lethbridge, Alberta where she received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Lethbridge. She then completed her Master’s degree in Psychology with Dr. Doreen Kimura at the University of Western Ontario (UWO), followed by doctoral studies of the types of cues (shape, colour) that impact perception, supervised by Dr. Keith Humphrey, also at UWO.

Karen’s interest in the neuropsychology of perception was furthered during her postdoctoral work with Kevin Munhall at Queen’s University. She carried on to her own lab at Mount Allison University in 2002, where she was hired as an Assistant Professor. Karen passed away in November 2007, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Karen will be remembered as a committed teacher and a talented and energetic researcher.


Science Atlantic Science Communication Award

Sponsored by Canadian Science Publishing

The Award

The Science Atlantic Science Communication Award is offered at each of the annual Science Atlantic-sponsored student conferences. The prize is awarded to the student who is best able to communicate a science topic to his or her peers. The award consists of a letter of commendation and a cash prize.  As well, winners in the disciplines sponsored by Canada Science Publishing (see below) will be offered the opportunity to write a blog post about the winner’s research with professional editorial support.  These articles will be posted on the Science Borealis blog.

The award may be split into two prizes (one for an oral and one for a poster presentation) at the discretion of the judging committee.

Science Atlantic Undergraduate Research Award

(formerly the NSERC Representatives’ Undergraduate Student Award, 2004-2012)

This award is presented to the student (or students) giving the best research presentation(s) at an annual Science Atlantic conference.  A total of $400 is available for each conference.

The Award

The Award consisted of a cash prize and a letter of commendation and can be split into oral and poster presentation prizes.


  • Abstract – Statement of problem, objectives, principal findings
  • Presentation – Clarity, visual aids, organization
  • Scientific merit – Experimental design, innovative approach, and interpretation of data
  • Overall knowledge and response to questions
  • Demonstrated potential to pursue graduate studies and research

Judging for Awards:

Each conference organizing committee determines the judging committee membership. Some committees involve students, some have a ballot vote of all conference attendees, and some are professors in the discipline.

The judging committee has the right to not give an award in any competition. If there are fewer than three students eligible to compete for this award at any conference, the award may not be disbursed.