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The Directors’ Awards


The Board of Directors of The Canadian Acoustical Association presents two awards annually to the authors of the best papers published in Canadian Acoustics, the journal of the Association. All refereed research, tutorial and review papers are eligible. Technical notes and case studies are not eligible.

  • A $250 award is offered for the best paper by a student member, and
  • A $250 award is offered for the best paper by an individual member

Each award is made to the first author of the winning paper, who must be a member of the Association.


All papers published in Canadian Acoustics in a given calendar year are automatically considered for the awards, which are presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association in the following year.

Early in the year, the coordinator of the awards determines eligibility of all papers published in the previous year and verifies membership of the first authors. A ballot form is then distributed to the members of the Board of Directors, who must evaluate the papers according to the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the topic for the journal;
  • Quality of the introduction and theoretical background;
  • Originality of the experimental methods and analysis of results;
  • Quality of the presentation (text, tables, figures); and
  • Overall contribution to scientific or technical knowledge

Each Director rates the papers on a scale from 3 (very deserving) to 0 (not deserving an award) and votes for the best paper in each category. If there is only one candidate in a category, the suitability of offering the award is considered.

The coordinator compiles the results, identifies the award winners and notifies the Directors at the Board’s spring meeting.


Dr. Christian Giguére, Université d’Ottawa, Programme d’audiologie et d’orthophonie, 451 Chemin Smyth, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 8M5, tel: (613) 562-5800 ext. 4649, fax: (613) 562-5428.