Gold, silver and bronze medals, and honourable mentions will be awarded to the overall best entries in each age category.
As well, entries to the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair are eligible for Provincial Awards. The British Columbia Provincial Awards Program is administered by the Science Fair Foundation BC and is available to all participants of British Columbia Regional Science Fairs. Learn More about Provincial Awards >
Special Awards sponsored by our generous Award Sponsors may be judged by representatives from the organization sponsoring the award, or judging teams assigned to the Special Award, depending on the award. These prizes include scientific apparatus, merchandise, scholarships and cash awards. See the List of Special Awards >
The top Regional Science Fair entries will be awarded the Grand Award: an expense-paid spot on Team GVRSF to the Canada-Wide Science Fair, a week-long event held in a different Canadian city each year. Learn More about Team GVRSF >
*Please note that awards are subject to change*
AIHA BC Yukon Section Award (American Industrial Hygiene Association) – $100
To be awarded to the science fair project that best demonstrates the principles of industrial hygiene as it relates to preventing or reducing injuries and illnesses to workers and the community. Eligible projects can be at either the Junior, Intermediate, or Senior grade category.
The Al Appleton Worksafe Award, Worker’s Compensation Board of BC – $100
To be awarded at each British Columbia Regional Science Fair to the best project demonstrating the principles of occupational hygiene. The student must have consulted with people in the community or region about the content of their project. The sudent must show creativity, innovation and enthusiasm in the display of the project. Eligible projects can be at either the Junior, Intermediate, or Senior grade category.
BC Agriculture in the Classroom Award – $65
To be awarded to an outstanding project that shows the practical application of scientific principles to agriculture. Eligible projects can be at either the Junior, Intermediate, or Senior grade category.
Innovate BC Young Innovator Scholarship – Minimum $2000
To be awarded to a senior student(s) who has developed a science and technology innovation with the potential to benefit British Columbia. The winner(s) must be selected for CWSF and to receive the award, he/she must enroll full-time upon graduation in a science and technology program in a British Columbia post-secondary institution. The awardee is not eligible for other BCIC scholarships. The award value is increased in the Southern Interior through a partnership with the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust (SIDIT).
BC Game Developers Innovation Award – $50 (Junior), $100 (Intermediate), $150 (Senior)
To be awarded to the student(s) whose project demonstrates creativity and innovation in computer science, mathematics, engineering, or astronomy. The award encourages the participation of women, First Nations, and others traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields.
BC Greenhouse Growers Association (A partner of BC Agriculture in the Classroom) Award – $75
To be awarded to an outstanding project that demonstrates the creative use of advanced science and technology to enhance vegetable plant productivity and quality. Projects eligible for this award include those in the area of biological pest control, irrigation, nutrition, growing media, climate control and mechanics. Eligible projects can be at either the Junior, Intermediate, or Senior grade category.
BC Hydro for Power Pioneers Award – $100, Perpetual Trophy, Power Smart Award Winner Certificate
To be awarded to a student(s) in grades 4 to 12 who creates a project which creatively demonstrates electrical conservation and its environmental, social and economic impacts.
BC Nature (Federation of British Columbia Naturalists) Award – 2 x $75
To be awarded at each British Columbia Regional Science Fair to the best natural history project done by a student(s) in Grades 7 to 12. This includes studies of any aspect of natural history, conservation of natural habitats, or the conservation of natural species. One award will be for grades 6-8 and one award for grades 9-12.
BC Science Teachers Award – $100
To be awarded to a student(s) in grades 7 or 8 for an experimental project in any category that has clearly presented an hypothesis and independent, controlled variables.
Ocean Wise Marine Stewardship Award (Ocean Wise) – 2 x $200
To be awarded to the most exceptional project related to marine science. “Marine science” can include biology, conservation, ecology, chemistry, oceanography, and other related disciplines that have a marine focus or application.
Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Award – $300
This award will be given to the best science fair project to apply scientific principles to a problem from atmospheric or oceanic science or a related environmental discipline.
Chief Judge Award (Walter Olson) – $100 towards travel to CWSF, Perpetual & Keeper Trophy
To be awarded to a CWSF Award recipient as selected by Chief Judge of the Fair. The recipient is to have overcome personal challenges related to doing science fair project work.
David Laugharne Award – Perpetual & Keeper Trophy
To be awarded to a project that incorporates new technology into the design, implementation or presentation of the work.
Discovery Ocean Plastic Innovation Award Nomination – $5000
Nomination: To be awarded to an outstanding project that could help reduce plastic pollution in the ocean. The project would depict an innovation idea in areas including green design, waste management, clean up, or policy and regulation. Two cash awards of $5,000 each will be given to the top projects.
Women in Engineering and Geoscience – $50 (Junior Level), and $50 (Senior Level)
To be awarded to a female student or a partnership which has at least one female on their team and who effectively and enthusiastically communicates an original solution to an engineering or hard science problem/project by applying their knowledge of science and math.
Engineers and Geoscientists of BC Award – Cash award, Perpetual Regional Trophy
To be awarded to outstanding engineering projects. Projects eligible for this award include those in the fields of chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, industrial and mechanical engineering as well as systems design. One each to be awarded to a student at the Junior ($40), Intermediate ($60) and Senior ($100) grade category.
Genome British Columbia Award – 2 x $100
To be awarded to two projects dealing with a topic of genomic interest. Students in all grades are eligible for this award.
Genome British Columbia Scholarship Nomination – $1000
To be awarded to a senior student who has developed a science and technology project focused on areas of strategic importance such as human health, forestry, fisheries, agriculture, bioenergy, mining, and the environment. Awarded to a student pursuing a science degree in British Columbia. The award winner will be required to submit proof of enrolment at a postsecondary institution in BC.
Greater Vancouver Mining Women Association Award – $100
The project will be related to the minerals industry. Eligible projects can be at either the Junior, Intermediate and Senior grade category.
In Ink Scientific Writing Award – $100
For the student in any age category whose written work (paper or poster) mostly clearly and effectively communicates what research was done and why the work is important.
John O’Connor Award – $100 towards CWSF travel
The John O’Connor Award recognizes a student that has repeat participation in the Regional Fair and has increased their project development skills. It was established by the Parent Advisory Committee of Point Grey Mini School to honour Mr. O’Connor. Eligible projects can be from any grade level.
Michael Crooks Physics Prize (British Columbia Association of Physics Teachers) – $75
To be awarded to a student(s) in grades 6 to 12 who has done an outstanding physics-related project.
Neil Towers Award for Plant Biology (UBC Botany Department) – $100
To be awarded at the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair to the best plant biology-related project submitted by a student(s) in grades 7-12. Projects may be observational or experimental, and all fields of plant biology will be considered.
NSERC Young Innovators Award – $1,000
To be awarded to a “NSERC Young Innovator”, a student who displays exemplary leadership in the science and engineering aspects of their project. Is intended to support student for the CWSF.
Science World Award – $100 to Science World Kaleidoscope Science Store
To be awarded to a first time entrant. The project will show ingenuity and creativity. Eligible projects can be at either the Junior, Intermediate, or Senior grade category.
SCWIST (Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology) Award – $100
To be given to young women in Grades 8-10 whose project shows the greatest curiosity, ingenuity, and innovation in design. The award is intended to encourage the student’s interest in science. A student may not receive the award more than once.
SCWIST (Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology) CWSF Travel Award – $1000 towards CWSF travel
To be awarded to a female attending the Canada-Wide Science Fair. Preference to projects in areas of research underrepresented by females such as engineering, computer science, math, and/or physics.
SFU Faculty of Science Award – 5 x $100
To be awarded to five projects that showcase exceptional scientific methods and knowledge.
SFU Scholarship – $6000
First Year scholarship to Simon Fraser University
Squamish Environment Society Award – $200
To be awarded to a student from the Sea to Sky (SD48) School District for an outstanding project that investigates topics of wildlife and habitat preservation and sustainability of natural ecosystems in the Sea to Sky region. If a suitable project cannot be selected, the award will be deferred to the next year
Structural Engineering Association of BC Young Members Group Award – $250
To be awarded to a student(s) at any grade who demonstrates interest, enthusiasm, and understanding in the field of Structural Engineering. Structural Engineering is the design of structures such as buildings and bridges. Possible topics considered for this prize are: the design or analysis of a structure; building materials (concrete, steel, wood, brick); loads on structures (wind, snow, earthquakes); buildings or structural materials in extreme conditions (fire, underwater, extreme cold); different building member types (beams, columns, cross-braces, trusses); historical structural failures or structural feats.
Students’ Choice Award – Perpetual and Keeper Trophy
As selected by a vote by the participants, supported by Clarke’s Trophies.
Ted Rogers Innovation Award (Rogers Communications) – $100
The Ted Rogers Innovation Awards, sponsored by Rogers Communications Inc., are offered through regional science fairs across Canada, challenging youth to show their entrepreneurial spirit by developing a project that demonstrates commercial potential.
UBC Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology – $200
To be awarded to the best project in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology
UBC Department of Computer Science Award – $150 first place, $100 second place
The award is given on the basis of the project that best demonstrates the impact of the principles and practices of Computer Science.
UBC Engineering Physics Award – 1 x $100, 2 x $50
To be awarded to the science fair project(s) that best embodies applications of physics and engineering physics to providing a solution to a real-world problem
UBC Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Award – $1500 towards travel to CWSF
To be awarded to the best applied science and/or engineering project that has qualified to go to the Canada Wide Science Fair
UBC School of Population & Public Health Award – $100
Awarded to the best project that identifies and attempts to control hazards to human health in the workplace, urban environmental, or recreational environment. Eligible projects can be at either the Junior, Intermediate or Senior level.
UBC Statistics Award – 3 x $100
To be awarded for the best use of statistical methods in data collection and analysis. One award at each of the Junior, Intermediate and Senior grade level.
UBC Zoology Award – $150 first place, $100 second place
To be awarded for the best project that exemplifies any of the research areas that are the focus of the UBC Department of Zoology: Ecology, Evolution, Organismal Biology, and Cell & Developmental Biology.
Vancouver Mycological Society Award – $100, Guided Nature Walk, and other prizes
Awarded to the best mycology-related project. All fields of investigations into molds and mushrooms wil be considered e.g. ecology, conservation, use as food, industrial applications, plant/forest pathology, toxicology, etc. Laboratory experimentation as well as field studies are eligible; projects that engage aspecs of both are especially encouraged.
Vancouver School Board Award – Perpetual / Keeper Trophy
To be awarded to a project done by a student from a Vancouver School District public school. Eligible projects can be at any level.
W.E. Coates Award Nomination (Canadian Land Reclamation Association, BC Chapter) – $200
To be awarded to an oustanding Junior or Intermediate project related to land, aquatic or marine environment reclamation and/or rehabilitation.
UBC Entrance Awards
The University of British Columbia offers a series of Entrance Awards at the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair to students entering the UBC Faculty of Science (Vancouver) in their first year.
Eligibility / Criteria for all UBC Entrance Awards
- Only senior students (grade 11 or 12) are eligible.
- The students must have presented an outstanding project in their category.
- The students must show creativity, innovation and originality in their work.
- The students must have won a medal (gold, silver or bronze) at the Regional Science Fair.
- To be eligible for the scholarships, finalists must be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Science (Vancouver campus) and register directly from secondary school. Winners who are in grade 11 may defer the award for one year.
- Students in a team: If a project wins that is presented by two students, both team members will be awarded a full UBC Science Entrance Award worth $2,000 for each individual.
- At each Fair, a project should not be honoured with more than one Entrance Award, even if it excels in more than one category.
- Multiple prize winners: A student is eligible for one UBC Science scholarship. If a student wins in two or more divisions and/or over two years, s/he is entitled to retain the award with the greater monetary value if there is a difference.
- Winners at the regional and national level: A student is eligible for one UBC Science scholarship. If a regional UBC Science award recipient goes on to receive an award at the National level, s/he is entitled to retain the award with the greater monetary value if there is a difference.
UBC Science Entrance Award “Earth & Environmental Sciences” – $2,000, tied to UBC Faculty of Science admission
To be awarded to a student who presents an outstanding Earth & Environmental Sciences project.
UBC Science Entrance Award “Computer Science” – $2,000, tied to UBC Faculty of Science admission
To be awarded to a student who presents an outstanding Computing Sciences project.
UBC Science Entrance Award “Life Sciences” – $2,000, tied to UBC Faculty of Science admission
To be awarded to a student who presents an outstanding Life Sciences project.
UBC Science Entrance Award “Health Sciences” – $2,000, tied to UBC Faculty of Science admission
To be awarded to a student who presents an outstanding Health Sciences project.
UBC Science Entrance Award “Physics & Chemistry” – $2,000, tied to UBC Faculty of Science admission
To be awarded to a student who presents an outstanding Physics or Chemistry project.
UBC Science Entrance Award “Mathematical Sciences” – $2,000, tied to UBC Faculty of Science admission
To be awarded to a student who presents an outstanding Mathematical Sciences project.
Students with outstanding projects are awarded a unique opportunity to represent the Greater Vancouver Region at the week-long Canada-Wide Science Fair, held in a different Canadian city each year. This national stage enables Team GVRSF to meet like-minded peers and professionals in science and engineering from across the country. Find out more >