NSERC honours Donna Strickland with a new prize for research excellence

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is honouring Canada’s most recent science Nobel laureates by launching prizes in their names that will highlight Canadian research excellence.

Donna StricklandNobel Laureate Donna Strickland from the University of Waterloo’s Department of Physics and Astronomy joins Arthur B. McDonald from Queen’s University in being honoured with major prize awards named after them.

In today’s announcement, NSERC noted that they are proud to celebrate those whose breakthrough discoveries have led to international prestige beyond our borders, and look to them as an inspiration as Canada continues to push the frontiers of knowledge.

Valued at $250,000, the NSERC Donna Strickland Prize for Societal Impact of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research will be awarded annually to an individual or team whose outstanding research has led to exceptional benefits for Canadian society, the environment and/or the economy. Any NSERC-funded researcher, regardless of their career stage, can be nominated for this award for research conducted in Canada.

“I wish to thank both Dr. Strickland and Dr. McDonald for lending their names and their prestige to these prizes,” said Dr. Alejandro Adem, the President of NSERC. “They are beacons to all of us and an inspiration to both experienced scientists and engineers as well as the students and young researchers they mentor.”

The call for nominations for the NSERC Donna Strickland Prize for Societal Impact of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research will be announced in 2021.