Excellence in Science Public Engagement & Outreach Award


These two (2) awards recognise SFU faculty, staff or students who are making substantial and sustained contributions to community engagement and outreach by sharing science with the public.

The award is an important way to highlight, both within SFU and in our surrounding community, SFU people who are engaging the public with science, and in doing so increasing awareness of the key role that science plays in society.   

Eligibility for Staff/Faculty and Student award

All SFU faculty and staff (full time, part time or emeritus), current limited term lecturers with a contract for at least 1 year following the award and currently registered students are eligible.


Each Faculty of Science Chair is invited to submit one or more nominations, at their discretion, for either an individual or group. Nominations will be held for a two year period, so non-recipients will be considered the following year. 

Nomination deadline is December 3, 2021.

The Award

Two SFU Faculty of Science: Excellence in Science Public Engagement and Outreach Awards will be presented per year in the two categories of Students and Faculty/Staff. The prize will go to the recipient’s department to be used for public engagement and outreach. (If won by a group such as Let’s Talk Science the cash prize would go to the local LTS program).

Click here for details on the SFU Faculty of Science Excellence in Science Public Engagement and Outreach Award for faculty/staff. 

Click here for details on the SFU Faculty of Science Excellence in Science Public Engagement and Outreach Award for students.  


Examples of public engagement and outreach include but are not limited to:

  • Responding to community needs and interests through sharing of science with adults, youth, K-12, teachers, general public.
  • Popularising science and making it accessible to a broad audience.
  • Public outreach activities including hands-on programs for youth, workshops, presentations, field activities, materials such as websites, books, videos, digital resources, broadcasting, and other outreach activities locally, nationally or internationally. 

Nomination Package

Please submit the following electronically to scirec@sfu.ca by December 3, 2021:

  • Nomination form
  • Letter of nomination
  • Summary CV (max 3 pages)
  • Two letters of support, at least one from an individual or group outside the campus who can attest to the outreach impact of the nominee

Past Winners

  • 2021 Miriam Rosin (BPK Faculty)                               Donya Divsalar (Student)
    *New for 2021*
    Caroline Colijn (Math) for Distinction in Science Communication & Policy Impact
  • 2020 Peter Hollmann (Biology Faculty)                       Cristina Cordoba (Student)
  • 2019 Veselin Jungic (Math Faculty)                             Rania Khelifi (Student) 
  • 2018 Let's Talk Science
    (Alexandra Kasper, Drake Comber, Ashani Montgomery)                
  • 2017 Sarah Johnson (Physics Faculty)