Cowan Prize and Commitee

The Cowan Prize for Excellence in Research

The Cowan Prize for Excellence in Research is the centrepiece for an annual public lecture, celebrating the accomplishments of the recipient. The prize is a monetary gift, managed by the RMC Foundation, and made possible through the generous endowment in 2000, of Dr. John Scott Cowan, former Principal at RMC (1999 - 2008). The prize was created as a means of highlighting the vast amount of research taking place at RMC. This prize not only increases public awareness of this research but also complements the other major annual academic prize at RMC, the Class of 65 Teaching Excellence Award, bringing symmetry to the university essentials of teaching and research excellence. When choosing recipients, the selection committee recognizes a member of faculty who has earned distinction through their scholarship, demonstrating the quality, originality, impact and quantity of the scholarly productivity of the researcher.

The Prize will be announced at Convocation in the spring of 2019 and will be awarded at a public lecture given by the recipient.

Cowan Prize Committee Members - Spring 2019

Acting Chair:

Dr. Thomas Krause - Professor, Physics and Space Science

Committee Members:

  • Dr. Michael Hennessy – Associate Vice Principal of Research, History
  • Dr. Yahia Antar - Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Dr. Xiaohua Wu - Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Dr. Abdelkérim (Kerim) Ousman - Interim Dean of Arts, Political Science and Economics
  • Dr. Barbara Zeeb - Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • Dr. Claude Tardif - Professor, Math
  • Dr. Christian Leuprecht - Professor, Political Science

Research Administration Support:

Mrs. Raja Abaab

Recipients

2019

Gregg Wade - Physics

The Principal, Dr. Kowal, the VP Research, Dr. Heffernan, and the AVP Research Dr. Hennessey, take great pleasure in inviting all faculty, staff, students and friends of RMC to a public lecture to be given at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, 25 November 2019 in Currie Hall by Dr. Gregg A. Wade – the winner of the 2019 Cowan Prize for Excellence in Research. The title of Dr. Wade’s talk will be “Serendipity, Souls, and The Scientific Enterprise.” All are welcome. The support of the RMC Foundation is gratefully acknowledged.

 

2018

Barbara Zeeb – Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

The Principal, Dr. Kowal, and the VP Research, Dr. Heffernan, take great pleasure in inviting all faculty, staff, students and friends of RMC to a public lecture to be given at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, 19 November 2018 in Currie Hall by Dr. Barbara Zeeb – the winner of the 2018 Cowan Prize for Excellence in Research.  The title of Dr. Zeeb’s talk will be “The Phyte Club: Using Plants to assist with the Remediation of Contaminated Sites.”  All are welcome.  The support of the RMC Foundation is gratefully acknowledged.

 

2017

Christian Leuprecht – Political Science

Wednesday, October 11

Public lecture by the recipient for 2017 of the Cowan Prize for Excellence in Research
Dr. Christian Leuprecht

Demographics of Defence: Why Canada needs its military colleges

6:30 for 7:00
at the Senior Staff Mess of the Royal Military College

With support of the RMC Foundation
In concert with the reception for the CDAI Graduate Student Symposium, 11-12 Oct 

PDF icon Download 2017 poster (6.18 Mb)

2016

Richard John Bathurst – Civil Engineering and Claude Tardif – Mathematics and Computer Science

Tuesday 8 November 2016

7:00 p.m. in Currie Hall

The Principal, Dr. Kowal, and the VP Research, Dr. Heffernan, take great pleasure in inviting all faculty, staff, students and friends of RMC to a public lecture to be given at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 8 November 2016 in Currie Hall by Drs. Richard Bathurst and Claude Tardif – the winners of the 2016 Cowan Prize for Excellence in Research. The title of Dr. Tardif’s talk will be “Mathematics and Electoral Reform” and the title of Dr. Bathurst’s talk will be “Adventures with Ziggurats, Plastic walls, Earthquakes, Polar bears and Tsunamis.”

Please see the attached poster and forward to all your friends. Parking on the parade square is approved for this event.

The prize was awarded jointly this year to Dr. Richard Bathurst and to Dr. Claude Tardif, who will each give a lecture that evening.
There will be refreshments to follow.
With support of the RMC Foundation.

2015

Yahia Antar - Electrical and Computer Engineering

Tuesday, 5 April 2016 - The Principal, Dr. Kowal, and the VP Research, Dr. Heffernan, take great pleasure in inviting all faculty, staff, students and friends of RMC to a public lecture to be given at 1900 hrs on Tuesday, 5 April 2016  in Currie Hall by Dr. Yahia Antar of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering – the winner of the 2015 Cowan Prize for Excellence in Research.  The title of the talk will be “Waves Toward the Future – How Antennas are Changing Our Lives.”

Dr. Yahia Antar
Canada Research Chair in Electromagnetic Engineering

Contact: John de Boer/Assistant Professor
(613) 541-6000 ext. 6463
e-mail: John.deBoer@rmc.ca

PDF icon Download 2015 poster (.pdf 376 Kb)

 

Previous recipients

  • 2019
    Gregg Wade - Physics
  • 2018
    Barbara Zeeb – Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • 2017
    Christian Leuprecht – Political Science
  • 2016
    Richard John Bathurst – Civil Engineering and Claude Tardif – Mathematics and Computer Science
  • 2015
    Yahia Antar - Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 2014
    Xiohua Wu – Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • 2013
    Keith Wilson – History
  • 2012
    David Wehlau – Mathematics and Computer Science
  • 2011
    Adam Chapnick – Defense Studies
  • 2010
    Dhamin Al-Khalili – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 2009
    Jane Errington – History
  • 2008
    Ken Reimer – Environmental Sciences Group
  • 2007
    Brent Lewis – Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • 2006
    Paul Rochon – Physics
  • 2005
    Joel Sokolsky – Politics
  • 2004
    JC (Brian) McKercher – History
  • 2003
    Yahia Antar – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 2002
    Richard John Bathurst – Civil Engineering
  • 2001
    Roy Poitier – Science
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