Conference Student Awards


Nominations are CLOSED.


Three Conference Student Awards are available each year.
Two are presented at the Conference. They are:

  1. The Bultz Best Student Poster Award* ($100 prize)

  2. The Bultz Best Student Oral Presentation Award* ($100 prize)

One is presented PRIOR to the Conference. It is:

  1. The Donald Mayer Student Award ($1,000 travel/accommodation reimbursement to attend the conference PLUS a complimentary registration to attend the conference)

Details on each award are below.

*The Bultz Student Award Series was established to honour the vision and memory of Ben and Molly Bultz, and is a tribute to their compassion, love of education and generosity of spirit.

The Bultz Best Student Poster Award

2020 Bultz Best Student Poster Award Recipient: Marissa Maheu

"Coping patterns and post-traumatic growth in young adults with cancer: A YACPRIME Study"

The purpose of this award is to recognize a student member of the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology, for a poster presentation of a research project demonstrating excellence in psychosocial oncology research in Canada.

  • The award will be presented at the annual CAPO conference.

  • The project can be completed or the student can present data from ongoing research.

  • CAPO members are informed of the competition at the time of call for abstracts and asked to request consideration of their submitted abstracts. Scientists will judge all submitted poster presentations at the conference to select the “best” poster according to pre-specified criteria.

  • The student must attend the conference to be eligible.

  • This award is presented annually. There can only be one winner for this award per year.

  • To be eligible for this award, the student must indicate eligibility when completing the call for abstract submissions form.

Amount: $100.00

Previous Bultz Best Student Poster Award Winners

  • Winner 2019: Brooke Russell, University of Calgary

  • Winner 2018: Cynthia Wan, University of Ottawa

  • Winner 2017: Laura Hallward

  • Winner 2016: Gilla Shapiro

  • Winner 2015: Samara Perez

  • Winner 2014: Anne- Josee Guimond

  • Winner 2013: Caroline Desautels & Shannon Groff

  • Winner 2012: Claudia Trudel-Fitzgerald

  • Winner 2011: Ajit Auluck

  • Winner 2010: Emily Murray

  • Winner 2009: Andrea Krawczyk

  • Winner 2008: Lauren Walker

  • Winner 2007: Fiona Schulte

  • Winner 2006: Sebastian Simard

  • Winner 2005: Sarah Harington

  • Winner 2004: Larissa Vikela

The Bultz Best Student Oral Presentation

2020 Bultz Best Student Oral Presentation Award Recipient: Caitlyn Forbes

"COVID-19 and of childhood cancer survivorship: Investigating the health beliefs and psychosocial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on survivors of childhood"

The purpose of this award is to recognize a student member of the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology for an oral research presentation demonstrating excellence in psychosocial oncology research in Canada.

  • The award will be presented at the annual CAPO conference.

  • The presentation can be completed or the student can present data from ongoing research. CAPO members are informed of the competition at the time of call for abstracts and asked to request consideration of their submitted abstracts. Scientists will judge all submitted oral abstracts and presentations at the conference with pre-specified criteria, in order to select the “best” oral presentation.

  • The student must attend the conference to be eligible.

  • This award is presented annually. There can only be one winner for this award per year.

  • To be eligible for this award, the student must indicate eligibility when completing the call for abstract submissions form.

Amount: $100.00

Previous Bultz Best Student Oral Presentation Award Winners

  • Winner 2019: Gilla Shapiro, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

  • Winner 2018: Molly McCarthy, York University

  • Winner 2017: Amanda Wurz

  • Winner 2016: Beth Edwards

  • Winner 2015: Cybelle Abate

  • Winner 2014: Laura Capozzi

  • Winner 2013: Sreenath Madathail & Sara Beattie

  • Winner 2012: Lauren Walker

  • Winner 2011: Jennifer Brunet

  • Winner 2010: Allison Pederson

  • Winner 2009: Andree Castonguay

  • Winner 2008: Bejoy Thomas

  • Winner 2007: Helen Wong

  • Winner 2006: Arielle Warner

  • Winner 2005: Sophie Lebel

  • Winner 2004: Virginia Lee

The Donald Mayer Student Award

This annual award has been developed to honour a CAPO student member who has demonstrated excellence in his/ her submission of an original paper. This award will be awarded annually to coincide with CAPO’s Annual Conference. This award is open to clinicians and researchers and the focus of the manuscript can include one (or more) of the following: research, clinical or educational. 

The recipient of the award will receive $1,000 CDN to provide financial support. The winner will be asked to present the paper at the conference. Conference registration fees will be waived.

Procedures and How to submit:

  • The applicant must be a current member in good standing of CAPO at the time of the application.
  • The applicant must be registered as a full-time or part-time student (undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate levels) or within six months of completion of their schooling.
  • The recipient of the award must agree to be profiled at the annual CAPO conference with a 15 minute presentation of his/ her paper.
  • The Awards Committee of the CAPO Board will select a recipient from the applicants based on scores and recommendations from the reviewers. If no suitable applicants are chosen, no award will be given.
  • Submit a original paper/manuscript by February 28 that is no more than 2,500 words in length (12 point font and double spaced, excludes tables/references) to [email protected]. Subject line must be "2021 Donald Mayer Student Award Submission."

2021 Donald Mayer Student Award Recipient

We are pleased to announce that the 2021 winner is Lauren R. Squires, BSc (Hons)

Lauren completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Memorial University in St. John’s, NL, and is currently completing her Master of Science in Experimental Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Sheila Garland in the Sleep, Health, and Wellness Lab at Memorial University. Her thesis research is focused on the efficacy of cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) in those diagnosed with cancer. She is also involved in projects assessing the psychosocial needs and experiences of transgender and gender-diverse people diagnosed with cancer, as well as sleep and cognitive impairments in women with breast cancer. Lauren’s varied experiences in the Sleep, Health, and Wellness Lab have allowed her to shape her research interests, and have given her the tools to pursue a doctorate in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences at the University of Toronto beginning this fall.


2020 Donald Mayer Student Award Recipient

Kaitlyn Mahon, BSc (Hons), BBA (Hons)

2019 Donald Mayer Student Award Recipient

Breanna Lane, BA (Hons)

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