This award is given annually to the best scholarly paper submitted by a student and accepted for presentation at the Canadian Association for Information Science / L’Association canadienne des sciences de l’information (CAIS/ACSI) annual conference. Abstracts are adjudicated by the CAIS/ACSI Conference Program Committee. To be considered for this award the abstract must represent a report of scholarly research. Jointly authored submissions are eligible so long as all authors were students at the time when the research described in the abstract was completed. While this competition will be of particular interest to graduate students (both doctoral and masters), it is open to all students of all ages and levels, both full and part time. The competition is open to both Canadian and international students. All student abstracts submitted will be considered for this award as long as they meet the criteria. The award consists of a $1,000 (Canadian currency) prize which, in the case of a jointly authored submission, will be shared equally among the authors. The winning author(s) must attend CAIS/ACSI to give their paper and receive the award. The abstract of the paper will be published in the conference proceedings and the full paper in CJILS/RCSIB. Should the CAIS/ACSI Conference Program Committee determine that no submission is worthy, an award will not be given. A description of the conference and the call for papers may be found on the CAIS/ACSI website ( A description of the conference and the call for papers may be found on the CAIS/ACSI website (

Previous Winners 

  • 2015 Devon Greyson, University of British Columbia

Information Practices Evolving Over Time: Cases from the Young Parent Study

  • 2014 Deborah Hicks, University of Alberta

The Construction of Librarians’ Professional Identities: A Discourse Analysis

  • 2013 Chaya Litvack, University of Toronto

The Temporalities of Performance Art Documentation

  • 2012 Angela Pollak, University of Western Ontario

Forester or Bushman? Experience as an Information Source in an Ontario Logging and Tourist Community

  • 2011 Lisa Quirke, University of Toronto

Exploring the Settlement Experiences and Information Practices of Afghan Newcomer Youth in Toronto

  • 2010 David Jank, Long Island University

Toward a Unifying Ontology for Human-Information Interaction

  • 2009 Tami Oliphant, The University of Western Ontario

Contested Knowledge and Information Behaviour: Treatments for Depression

  • 2008 Shelagh K. Genuis, University of Alberta

Evolving Information in an Evidence-Based World: Theoretical Considerations 

  • 2007 Mary Cavanagh, The University of Toronto

Re-conceptualizing the Reference Transaction’ The Case for Interaction and Information Relationships at the Public Library Reference Desk 

  • 2006 Margaret Kipp, The University of Western Ontario

Complementary or Discrete Contexts in Online Indexing: A Comparison of user, Creator and Intermediary Keywords 

  • 2005 Jennifer L. Pecoskie, The University of Western Ontario

The Intersection of Community within the Reading Experience: Lesbian Women’s Reflections on the Book as Text and Object