George F. Holeton Prize


The CPB section annually awards the George Holeton prize to the most outstanding student Poster presentation in our section.

Terms of reference


The G. F. Holeton Prize is given for the most outstanding student poster presentation in the Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry (CPB) Section at the Annual Conference of the CSZ. The prize is intended to encourage and acknowledge excellence in scientific research and communication by students.


Cash prize of $400 and a scroll.

Source of Prize

Funded through ZET.

Frequency of availability

Once a year.

Application/nomination procedures

To be included in the Holeton Award competition, the student must register for the conference as a CPB section member and submit a pdf version of the poster no later than 1 week prior to the start of the Annual Conference, (according to instructions on the conference webpage) for a pre-conference judging phase. The following are guidelines for the award.

  1. The recipient will be selected by a committee of at least three judges.
  2. Candidates will be judged both on the quality of scientific content, the poster and its presentation and knowledge of the subject area.
  3. Candidates must either currently be students or have completed their degree within the past year. They must present work completed towards their degree.
  4. The candidate must be the first author on the presentation and must be the person directly responsible for the majority of work presented on the poster.
  5. All students who select the CPB Section on the registration form who submit a pdf of their poster, and who are first author are eligible unless they fall under rules 6 or 7 below. The judges reserve the opportunity to widen the field of participants to all students who select the CPB Section and are first author if the need arises.
  6. Students winning the Helen Battle Award are ineligible to win the George F. Holeton Prize in that year. Applicability of this rule will be determined by consultation between the Battle and Holeton evaluation committees just prior to final confirmation of decisions.
  7. The George F. Holeton Prize of the CPB Section cannot be awarded to a previous recipient of the prize.
Application deadline

Abstract submission and pdf submission deadlines for the Annual Conference.

Selection Procedures

George F. Holeton


  • Born Gull Lake, Saskatchewan 1941
  • Died 1980
  • B.Sc. University of Calgary 1964
  • M.A. University of British Columbia. Supervisor Dave Randall
  • Ph.D. University of Bristol. Supervisor George M. Hughes
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship University of British Columbia with David Jones 1970
  • University of Toronto faculty member to 1980
  • Research on respiratory and circulatory function of fish including responses to polar and acidic environments.


  • The George F. Holeton Memorial Symposium - Respiratory Physiology of Fish and Amphibia, CSZ Annual Meeting May, 1981
  • George Holeton Award named


  • George F. Holeton Memorial Fund University of Toronto


  • Machin, J. and A. Forester. 1980. George Francis Holeton 1941-1980. CSZ Bull. 11(4): 11-12.


  • 2016 - Kurtis Turnbull, Western University. Does microhabitat, phenology and metabolic plasticity reduce overwintering energy use in the western bean cutworm?
  • 2015 - Stephanie Hans, University of Manitoba.
  • 2014 - Louise Tunnah, Mount Allison University.
  • 2013 - Elizabeth Ferreira, University of British Columbia.
  • 2012 - Isabel Costa, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
  • 2011 - Joshua Pemberton, University of Alberta.
  • 2010 - Caleih Robertson, Mount Allison University.
  • 2009 - Adriano Senatore, University of Waterloo.
  • 2008 - Marie-Pierre Schippers, McMaster University.
  • 2007 - Zhaohong Qin University of Ottawa.
  • 2006 - Gabrielle Tompkins, University of Alberta.
  • 2005 - Matthew E. Pamenter, University of Toronto.
  • 2004 - Sara Alderman, University of Guelph. Cloning of corticotropin-releasing factor-binding protein and mRNA expression in the central nervous system of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).
  • 2003 - Michael L. Anstey, Queen's University. Environmental stress modulates the encoding properties of a motion detecting interneuron in Locusta migratoria.
  • 2002 - Christine M. Mesa, University of Alberta. Expression of disease resistance genes in the duck.
  • 2001 - Ian W. McIntyre, University of Manitoba. Body oxygen stores, aerobic dive limits and diving behaviour of the star-nosed mole, Condylura cristata, with comparisons to non-aquatic talpids.
  • 2000 - Marcus Freeman, University of Guelph. Sarcomere length and force changes in frog semitendinosus muscle during passive stretch.