William S. Hoar Award


The Award is given for the best student paper presented orally at the Annual Conference of the Society, and is intended to encourage and acknowledge excellence in scientific research and communication by students.


Terms of reference


The Award is given for the best student paper presented orally at the Annual Conference of the Society, and is intended to encourage and acknowledge excellence in scientific research and communication by students.


Cash prize (currently $500) and a scroll.

Source of Prize

Funded through the Zoology Education Trust (ZET).

Frequency of Availability

One per year. The Society reserves the right not to make this award if either the quantity or quality of applications is deemed insufficient.


All candidates must be enrolled as students at the time of the competition, or have completed their degree within the past year. They must present work completed towards their degree program.

Application Procedures
  1. Candidates must send to the First Vice-President an electronic file of a summary of the oral presentation before the application deadline (see next section). When registering for the Annual Conference, potential candidates normally also indicate their intention to participate in the competition.
  2. Papers in the competition may have multiple authors; however the competing student must be the first author, and is expected to have conducted the majority of the work. The Hoar award presentations usually focus on completed work of a high calibre: proposal talks are inappropriate.
  3. The summary must not exceed two pages, including title, authors, and any figures. We do not prescribe all aspects of the format, but do recommend that any text be in 12-point font. The summary should include the objectives of the study, a brief description of the materials and methods, the results, conclusions and scientific relevance. The primary purposes of the summary are to place the contribution within the perspective of the discipline and to allow the selection of finalists when the number of applicants exceeds the capacity of the judging committee.
Application Deadline

Established by the First Vice-President in consultation with the LOC. Normally the summary is due to the First Vice-President shortly after the abstract submission deadline for the Annual Conference. Students should consult the Annual Conference website for further details.

Selection Procedures

The 1st Vice-President shall arrange a Committee of Judges consisting of members from the sections represented in CSZ. From the summaries submitted, the Committee of Judges will select 4-7 final contestants. The 1st Vice-President will usually make available the judging criteria to the applicants prior to the summary submission deadline. The Committee encourages participation from all zoological disciplines, but submissions will be judged solely on the basis of scientific merit. The authors of the selected summaries will present their papers at the Annual Conference, usually in a plenary session. The Committee of Judges will select the William S. Hoar Award recipient by consensus on the basis of oral presentation and its scientific content. (To avoid conflicts-of-interest, the Committee of Judges for the oral presentations may have a different make-up to that which evaluated the summaries). Summaries that are not selected as final contestants will be scheduled in regular sessions of the Annual Conference without mention of their participation in the William S. Hoar Award Competition.

Other Conditions

These regulations shall be public and available to all competitors. A student may compete only once for either the Hoar Award or the Best Student Poster Award at each Annual Conference. A finalist for the W.S. Hoar award will not be considered for other oral presentation awards at a given Annual Conference. A student who has won the Hoar Award is no longer eligible for the competition.


  • 2017 – Matthew D. Regan, University of British Columbia. The hypoxic metabolic response: how time and PO2 shape the way fishes combine aerobic, anaerobic and depressed metabolism inhypoxic environments.
  • 2016 – Dimitri Skandalis, University of British Columbia. Allometry of aerodynamic force reveals hummingbirds minimize wing velocity to maximize performance.
  • 2015 – Kathleen Foster, University of California Riverside.
  • 2014 – Jennifer Jeffrey, University of Ottawa.
  • 2013 – Daniel Field, Yale University.
  • 2012 – Yusuke Kumai, University of Ottawa.
  • 2011 – Marie-Pierre Schippers, McMaster University.
  • 2010 – Erika Eliason, University of British Columbia.
  • 2009 – Scott Parks, University of Alberta.
  • 2008 – Fathima Iftikar, McMaster University.
  • 2007 – David Toews, University British Columbia.
  • 2006 – Timothy E. Higham, University of California, Davis.
  • 2005 – Jill Aitken, University of Cambridge.
  • 2004 – Charles-A. Darveau, University of British Columbia. Evolution of energy metabolism in a lineage of Orchid bees (Apidea; Euglossini): from morphology to molecules.
  • 2003 – J. S. Bystriansky, University of Guelph. Differential expression of two gill Na+K+-ATPase a-subunit isoforms during salinity acclimation.
  • 2002 – Todd Gillis, Simon Fraser University. A fishy tale of molecular adaptation; the story of trout and icefish cardiac troponin C.
  • 2001 – Holly Shiels, Simon Fraser University. The effect of acute temperature change on SR Ca2+ load in trout myocytes.
  • 2000 – Natasha Frick, U. Guelph. Nitrogen excretion in the air-breathing fish Rivulus marmoratus during prolonged air exposure.
  • 1999 – D. Alsop.
  • 1998 – Julian Christians, Simon Fraser University. The physiological basis of intraspecific variations in reproductive phenotype.
  • 1998 – Dean McCurdy, Carleton University. Flexible manipulation of amphipod hosts by nematodes.
  • 1997 – Terry Chadwick, University of Guelph. Expression of ornithine-urea cycle enzymes and nitrogen excretion during the early life stages of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua L.).
  • 1996 – Jo-Ann Mellish, Dalhousie University. The role of lipoprotein lipase (LPL) in fat transfer during lactation in grey seals (Halichoerus grypus).
  • 1995 – F. Dufresne, University of Guelph. Hybridization and origins of polyploidy in Arctic cladocerans.
  • 1994 – P. Boily, University of Guelph. Heat flux in water and habitat selection of marine mammals during the annual moult.
  • 1993 – C. Lowenberger, McGill University. Reduced oviposition by Aedes egypti in water containing larvae parasitized by Plagiorchis elegans.
  • 1992 – G. D. Gibson, University of Alberta. Developmental variability in the opisthobranch mollusc, Haminaea collidegenita.
  • 1991 – Yuxian Wang, McMaster University. The effects of water, cadmium, and calcium concentration on the uptake of the two metals in freshwater mussels – Elliptio complanata.
  • 1990 – P. Watts, University of British Columbia. Thermoregulation and hauling out in harbour seals.
  • 1989 – R. C. Playle, McMaster. Water chemistry changes in the gill micro-environment of rainbow trout: experimental observations and theory.
  • 1988 – K. A. Campbell.
  • 1987 – G. A. A. Dodd, University of British Columbia. The effects of sustained CO2 breathing on ventilation in Pekin ducks.
  • 1986 – J. Belanger, University of Toronto. Leydig cells: Octopaminergic neurons in the leech.
  • 1985 – S. R. Jones, University of Guelph. The effects of Cryptobia salmositica on the immune response in Salmo gairdneri.
  • 1984 – W. R. Bates, University of Texas. Spatial control of ooplasmic segregation in ascidian eggs.
  • 1983 – J. A. Brown, Queen’s University. The adaptive significance of behaviour ontogeny in some centrarchid fishes.
  • 1982 – S. Arkett, University of Alberta. The brain of a hydrozoan jellyfish: three new neural networks in the outer nerve-ring.
  • 1981 – R. M. R. Barclay, Carleton University. Eavesdropping by bats D.M. Green, University of Guelph. Sympatric hybridization between two species of toads, Bufo americanus and B. fowleri in southern Ontario.
  • 1980 – L. R. Linton, University of Calgary. Overlap indices – A computer assessment.
  • 1979 – P. Boag, McGill University. Inheritance of external morphology in Darwin’s finches.
  • 1978 – C. Kent, University of Toronto. Lake morphometry and a measure of habitat complexity.
  • 1977 – R. D. Montgomerie, McGill University. The energetics of feeding territoriality in hummingbirds.
  • 1976 – S. S. Wu, University of British Columbia. Different strategies in energy partition between crowded and uncrowded individual barnacles (Balanus glandula Darwin).
  • 1975 – J. S. Ryerse, University of Western Ontario. Changes in the malphigian tubule function during development.