Conference Student Awards


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

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.

  • Winner is asked to submit a letter acknowledging receipt of the award and the impact on winning will have on their career.

Amount: $100.00

2022 Bultz Best Student Poster Award Recipient

We were pleased to award Rachel Lee for her poster titled “Impact of Rural or Urban Status on Sociodemographic Characteristics and Cancer Treatments”.

Previous Bultz Best Student Poster Award Winners

  • Winner 2021: Elise Wouterloot – "Returning to Work After Breast Cancer: Careers Impacted by COVID-19"

  • Winner 2020: Marissa Maheu – "Coping patterns and post-traumatic growth in young adults with cancer: A YACPRIME Study"

  • 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

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.

  • Winner is asked to submit a letter acknowledging receipt of the award and the impact on winning will have on their career.

Amount: $100.00

2022 Bultz Best Student Oral Presentation Recipient

We were pleased to award Zen Gajtani for the presentation titled “A Virtual Reality Guided Mindfulness Intervention for Chronic Pain in Cancer Survivors: Preliminary Finding”.


Previous Bultz Best Student Oral Presentation Award Winners

  • Winner 2021: Perri Tutelman – "Pain and Sensory Abnormalities in Survivors of Childhood Cancer: A Quantitative Sensory Testing Study"

  • Winner 2020: 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"

  • 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

The Donald Mayer Student Award has been developed to honour a CAPO student member who has demonstrated excellence in his/her/their submission of an original paper. 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. 

This award will be given annually to coincide with CAPO’s Annual Conference, which this year will be a joint World Congress with IPOS held in Toronto. 

The recipient of the award will receive $1,000 CDN to provide financial assistance for travel to the Congress. The winner will be asked to present the paper at the congress and registration fees will be waived.

Procedures and How to submit:

  • The applicant must be a current member of CAPO in good standing  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 be within six months of completion of his/her/their schooling;
  • The recipient of the award must agree to be profiled at the 2022 CAPO/IPOS World Congress (being held in Toronto from August 29 to September 1) with a 15-minute presentation of his/her/their 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 applicant is chosen, no award will be given.
Submit an original paper/manuscript by February 28, 2022 that is no more than 2,500 words in length (12 point font and double spaced, excludes tables/references) to [email protected]. The subject line must read "2022 Donald Mayer Student Award Submission"

2022 Donald Mayer Student Award Recipient

 We are pleased to announce that the 2022 winner is Perri Tutelman, BHSc. (Hons)

Perri Tutelman is a PhD Candidate in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre under the mentorship of Dr. Christine Chambers and a Pre-Doctoral Resident in Pediatric and Child Clinical Psychology at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Perri’s doctoral work focused on examining the experience of pain in childhood cancer survivors and its relationship with fear of cancer recurrence using qualitative and experimental pain methods. Perri is passionate about the engagement of patients as partners in health research and is a 2021 recipient of the inaugural Research Impact Canada Engaged Scholarship Award for her work to increase awareness outside academia and change stakeholder practices and guidelines in the area of pain and childhood cancer. Her research has been published in leading journals including PAIN, Psycho-Oncology, and Cancer and has been supported by several provincial and national funding bodies including the CIHR Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship program, Research Nova Scotia, and the Killam Trusts.

2021 Donald Mayer Student Award Recipient

 Lauren R. Squires, BSc (Hons)

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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