The National Graduate Student Award is designed to recognize outstanding research conducted by its graduate student members across Canada by supporting their travel to the CSEP Annual General Meeting. The award is hosted at the regional level, at a recognized regional exercise physiology meeting or conference.


To be eligible, a candidate must be a registered, full-time graduate student at a Canadian institution for at least one semester during the 12-month period prior to the Annual Scientific Meeting. The work must have been performed at the student’s home institution or at a foreign institution as part of a duly recognized collaboration with the home institution. The student must be a member of CSEP at the time of application and be first author on an abstract submitted for presentation at each recognized* regional exercise physiology meeting in Canada. There is no age limit.

Submission Procedure:

Universities or Host institutions must apply to host the award a minimum of 6 months ahead of their conference or meeting date. The student will apply for the award at the time of abstract submission to the subsequent regional exercise physiology meeting.

An application consists of the following:

  1. A standard abstract formatted in accordance with the regional exercise physiology meeting submission guidelines.
  2. A two-page (~600 word) outline by the student that describes their project in more detail. The outline should explain the rationale for the work, purpose and/or hypothesis, research design, results, discussion that highlights the significance of the work and key references. Up to two figures may be included within the two-page limit.
  3. A letter outlining how receiving this award will contribute to your academic and career goals.
  4. A one-page (~300 word) letter from the student’s supervisor that explains the role and contribution(s) of the applicant to the research project.

All submissions must be sponsored by a CSEP Academic Member.

Selection Procedure:

Adjudication guidelines for local meetings:

  • Local committee will rank the written abstract at least one week prior to the conference. They will also rank the oral presentation during the meeting.
  • Ranking criteria must include:
    • Quality/clarity of written submission
    • Clarity of presentation
    • Interpretation of results during presentation
    • ability to answer questions following the presentation
  • The local committee can decide how to weight each factor.
  • With regards to evaluating PhD, MSc and undergraduate students in the same pool, the local committee should be advised to ‘The local committee may decide on their own guidelines for comparing PhD, MSc and undergraduate levels of training. This may include a weighting factor or arbitrary judgment as deemed appropriate by the local committee’.

There will be one award given per regional conference.

Award Format:

The winner will receive up to $500 to assist with eligible travel expenses to attend the CSEP Annual Scientific Meeting.  The award also includes complimentary registration to the conference.  Travel and conference attendance may be taken up to two years following the award.

Previous Years Recipients

Year Recipient
2022 Devin McCarthy
2019 Mathew Kaspy
2018 Joshua Bovard
Robert Morton
Joshua Tremblay

*As of 03/2017, recognized regional conferences include: OEP, APES, EPOWC, FKQ/Other

Equity, Diversity,
and Inclusion Statement

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of the Society’s business. This includes, but is not limited to, applications for membership, awards and grant review, and employment and volunteer positions. CSEP welcomes applications and participation from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. In its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, members of the Society, its committees and employees and/or any award/grant recipients are expected to uphold the same policies in their work related to the Society.