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Kalev Pugi Award


Established 2002

The Kalev Pugi Award acknowledges exceptional achievements in research and development by an individual or team, which is of benefit to Canada. The technical excellence can be developed in a university, industrial setting or a research institution in Canada. Read more on Kalev Pugi.

The Award's focus covers not only products and processes in traditional chemical companies focusing on chemical manufacture and distribution, but also products and processes for industries such as bio-technology, coatings, crop protection, environmental services, fertilizer, food, mining/metal extraction, oil /gas, pharmaceuticals, plastics, pulp & paper and synthetic fibres.

Eligibility: The Kalev Pugi Award is made to an individual or team for specific research and development projects that have been performed during the previous 10-15 years. The projects must embody Pugi's own qualities of creativity and determination, good experimental design and project management. They must also have had a significant beneficial impact on the sponsoring company or institution, or on society as a whole

Membership of SCI is not a prerequisite for receiving this award.

Description of Award: A plaque

Presented at: The award shall normally be presented at the annual SCI Canada Awards Dinner, typically held in early April, where the winner will be expected to attend and deliver a short acceptance speech. The winner may be invited to present a lecture at this event.

Frequency: Annual

Nomination Deadline: 30 September

Sponsor: SCI Canada

The 2017 winner of the Kalev Pugi Award is:

Molly Shoichet
University of Toronto

Molly Shoichet holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering and is University Professor of chemical engineering and applied chemistry, chemistry and biomaterials and biomedical engineering at the University of Toronto. She is a world leader in the areas of polymer synthesis and biomaterials design for cell delivery, drug delivery and 3D cell culture.

Shoichet is the recipient of many prestigious distinctions and the only person to be a Fellow of Canada's 3 National Academies. Shoichet is the L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Laureate for North America in 2015. She holds the Order of Ontario and is a foreign member of the US National Academy of Engineering.

She received her bachelor of science (SB) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in chemistry and her PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in polymer science and engineering.

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