Special Awards are donated by families, individuals, companies, organizations and groups to recognize deserving projects that deal with topics of interest to the donor.
ArcelorMittal Dofasco Awards
ArcelorMittal Dofasco is a long time and valued sponsor of BASEF. Many of their departments choose to recognize the work of BASEF participants.
Central Trades & Services Department Award
$100 for a project that best displays the use of scientific principles in applying technology for the betterment of people or machines.
Chemical Testing Award
$100 for a project that best uses chemical testing and/or chemical principles to solve a technical problem.
Commercial Department Award
$100 for a project that best uses commercial and business planning tools in developing a potentially new or improved commercial product.
$100 for a project that best uses engineering & maintenance technology principles and design to solve a technical problem.
$100 for a project that best uses physics, chemistry, or engineering to explore or solve a technical problem associated with environmental issues.
Global R&D Hamilton Award for Outstanding Research
$100 for a project that best uses investigative research & scientific principles to explore or solve a technical problem.
Global R&D Hamilton Award for Technology Application
$100 for a project that best displays the innovative application of materials, products, processes or design principles.
Hot Mill Award
$100 for a project that best uses creative principles and design to solve a manufacturing or process problem.
Human Resources Training & Development Award
$100 for a project that best uses teaching and training techniques in explaining or exploring a technical problem.
Information Systems Award
$100 for a project that best uses information systems and design to solve a technical problem.
$100 for a project that best displays the use of Metallurgical or Material Science principles to solve a technical problem.
Material Handling & Logistics Department Award
$100 for a project that best displays the use of scientific principles in exploring or solving a problem related to material conveyance, transportation or logistics.
Medical Department Award
$100 for a project that best uses scientific principles in exploring or solving a problem related to human health issues.
Process Automation Award
$100 for a project that best uses process automation principles and design to solve a technical problem.
Product Development Business Process Award
$100 for a project that best uses product development principles and design in developing a new consumer product with commerical potential.
Quality Systems Award
$100 for a project that best uses quality systems principles and design to solve a technical problem.
$100 for a project that best uses engineering and materials science principles to solve a technical problem.
Smarter Steels for People and Planet World Award
$1,000 for project displaying rigorous scientific or engineering methods that investigates steelmaking processes or steel products.
Artistically Inspired Display Awards
Two awards of $50 each for projects with the most artistically inspired display.
Association for Iron & Steel Technology Northern Chapter Awards
Two awards of $100 each for outstanding projects related to one of the following fields: metallurgy, materials science, chemical, electrical, mechanical, industrial, environmental, civil and computer engineering.
Bay Area Health Trust Scholarship / Paul Lakin Life Sciences Award
A $1,500 McMaster Scholarship awarded to an outstanding grade 11 or 12 project in the Life Sciences category demonstrating scientific excellence. Pair project will split the scholarship. Award to be redeemed upon acceptance and registration into any undergraduate program at McMaster University, Hamilton, ON.
Dr. Laura Blew Social Sciences Awards
Two awards of $100 each for the best two Social Science based projects.
Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (Hamilton Branch) Awards
Two awards of $100 for outstanding projects relating to mining, metallurgy and petroleum.
Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Awards
An award of $150 for the best project in Meteorological and/or Oceanographic Sciences (weather, air quality, climate, climate changes and /or the oceans). The award also includes a one year free CMOS Membership.
Canadian Nuclear Society (Golden Horseshoe Branch) Awards
Two awards of $125 each for intermediate or senior projects and two awards of $75 each for junior projects relating to nuclear science and engineering, energy research or climate sciences.
Doris Casey and Gwen Nicolls Disability Solutions Awards
Two awards of $100 for projects showing the most innovative and creative technical solution focused on assisting individuals to overcome physical or cognitive disabilities.
Chemical Institute of Canada – Hamilton Section Awards
Three awards of $100 each for the best three projects related to chemistry, chemical engineering, or chemical technology.
Conservation Halton Awards
Two awards of $100 each for projects that contribute to environmental research, protection, conservation, restoration or awareness by Halton students.
Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research Awards
Three awards in total for excellent senior projects in infectious disease, drug discovery or human health. Grand prize of $100 and includes a one hour interview/discussion with a senior person at IIDR for the winner and their families about science/university/careers. Two other awards of $50 each. DeGroote will write an article about the winners and their projects to go in their newsletter.
Dillon Consulting Awards
Two awards of $250 each for projects showing scientific excellence
Electrical Construction Association of Hamilton Award
Two awards of $250 each for projects displaying the best and safest use of electricity in the most creative manner.
Environmental Inspiration Award
One award of $250 for the best environmental project that addresses an environmental problem in an inspirational or innovative way.
Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Awards
Three awards in total. One award of $750 and a 1 hour interview with one of Farncombe’s researchers to discuss further education and career opportunities. Two awards of $250. For projects that explore digestive health, related diseases or general family nutrition through experimentation or in depth literature.
Gowling WLG Innovation Awards
Three awards for projects best demonstrating potentially patentable subject matter. Grand Prize is $300 and includes a complimentary virtual consultation with a patent or trademark agent. Runner up receives $200 and Honourable Mention gets a certificate.
Hamilton Academy of Dentistry Awards
Three awards – $350 (First), $100 (Second) and $50 (Third) for projects related to dentistry and/or Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Hamilton Amateur Astronomers Awards
James A. Winger Award – Junior
For the best project in grade 7-9 related to astronomy, physics, light pollution abatement, or space travel. The winner will receive $100, a one-year family membership to the HAA, and the opportunity to present their project to the HAA membership.
James A. Winger Award– Senior
For the best project in grade 10-12 related to astronomy, physics, light pollution abatement, or space travel. The winner will receive $100, a one-year family membership to the HAA, and the opportunity to present their project to the HAA membership.
Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Innovation Awards
Three awards. $250 (First), $150 (Second), and $100 (Third) for the most deserving projects by students from Hamilton with potential commercial applications focused on improving our local environment, communities or quality of life.
Hamilton Wentworth Occasional Teacher Awards
Three awards of $50 each to junior projects.
Environment & Education Award
For a project that most effectively educates others about an environmental issue.
Healthy Lifestyles Award
For a project that most effectively educates others regarding the role of nutrition and/or exercise in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Presentation & Aesthetics Award
For a project that demonstrates a high level of visual appeal, creativity, and overall quality of presentation.
Harrison Family Chemistry Award
An award of $100 for a project that has significant chemistry content.
Hillfield Strathallan College Awards of Excellence
Three Awards of $100
Life Sciences Award
For a junior project that best displays excellence in life sciences.
Scientific Process Award
For an intermediate project that best demonstrates an understanding of the scientific process.
Senior level project that best displays innovation related to any science or engineering.
Hillfield Strathallan College Entrance Scholarship Award
A $5,000 entrance scholarship towards tuition fees to a grade 8 or intermediate project.
John W. Howard Materials Research Award
One award of $100 for a project demonstrating innovation in engineering materials, especially concrete.
Indigenous Peoples of Canada Scientific Study Awards
Three Awards. $140 (First) and $80 (Second & Third) for projects that demonstrate the application of established scientific methods to topics relevant to the culture, heritage or issues of the Indigenous peoples of Canada.
IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) Hamilton Section Awards
Two awards of $100 each for projects showing the best use of Electronics in a Science or Engineering project.
International Science & Engineering Affiliated Fair Awards
Certificates for deserving intermediate and senior projects.
American Meteorological Society
For 4 projects that are limited to the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences.
American Psychological Association
For 2 projects showing outstanding research in psychological science in the category of behavioural and social sciences or any category related to psychology.
ASM Materials Education Foundation
For two deserving materials engineering projects.
Association for Women Geoscientists
For two projects exemplifying high standards of innovation and scientific excellence in geosciences.
MU Alpha Theta
For two projects with the most challenging, original, thorough and creative investigation of a problem involving mathematics.
Ricoh USA, Inc.
For two outstanding projects that address issues of environmental and sustainable development.
Society for In Vitro Biology
For two outstanding Grade 11 projects in the areas of plant or animal in vitro biology or tissue culture.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
For two exceptional projects that have the potential to make an impact on addressing international development challenges. Prize includes a Social Network Media Kit.
Yale Science & Engineering Association
For two outstanding Grade 11 projects in computer science, engineering, physics or chemistry.
Laurentian Chapter of SETAC Awards
Two awards of $100 each for the best projects and presentations on a topic related to environmental toxicology, chemistry, pollution, contamination, remediation or environmental protection.
Dr. Colin J.L. Lock Memorial Chemistry Award
One award of $100 for a project demonstrating the best application of chemistry.
Ola Lunyk-Child Memorial Awards
Three awards of First ($250), Second ($150) and Third ($100) for excellent projects related to any aspect of nursing, nursing research or other medically related fields.
Mahut-Brent Award for Women in Science and Engineering
$100 and a Giant Microbe for an outstanding project by a young woman in science that demonstrates an excellent application of scientific thought and creativity towards a subject matter that the participant is passionate about.
McMaster University Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology Award
One award of $100 for an outstanding senior or intermediate project related to chemistry or chemical biology.
McMaster University Department of Chemical Engineering
One award of $250 for an outstanding intermediate or senior project demonstrating aspects of chemical engineering.
McMaster University Department of Materials Science and Engineering Awards
Three awards of $100 each for projects displaying the best innovative use, design or testing of materials.
McMaster University Faculty of Engineering Entrance Awards
Seven $1,000 Entrance Awards for senior projects demonstrating excellence in science, technology, engineering or math, to be redeemed upon acceptance of admission to the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University, Hamilton. Pair projects split the scholarship.
McMaster University School of Geography and Earth Sciences Awards
Two awards of $100
Earth and Environmental Sciences Award
For an outstanding project in Earth Science or Environmental Science.
For an outstanding project in geography or social science.
Mechanical Contractors Association Hamilton Niagara Award
One award of $250 for the best engineering project at the intermediate or senior level.
Mohawk College Building & Construction Sciences Awards
Three awards of $50 each.
Civil Engineering Award
For a project related to the field of Civil Engineering
For a project related to planning, design, or operation of any transportation mode or facility
Building Sciences Award
For a project related to building sciences, building materials, or energy conservation in structures
Mohawk College Electrical Engineering Technology Awards
Three awards of $50 each.
Computer Engineering Technology Award
For a deserving project in computer engineering technology.
Electrical Engineering Award
For a deserving project in electrical engineering studies
Energy Systems Award
For a deserving project in energy systems
Mohawk College Mathematics Awards
Two awards of $50 each for deserving projects in mathematics or statistics, one junior award and one senior award.
Mohawk College Computer Science & Information Technology Excellence Awards
Two awards of $50 for projects demonstrating a thorough understanding of computer application and design in today’s world.
Nelson Steel Awards
Two awards of $100 for outstanding junior projects related to two of the following fields: Steel, Environmental or Chemistry.
New Health Scientist Award
$50 for a worthy project at the Junior level showing good potential for improving the health of our community.
Procor Engineering Awards
Three awards. $150 (Senior), $100 (Intermediate) and $50 (Junior) for excellent engineering projects.
The Research Institute of St. Joe’s Hamilton, Health Research Awards
Two awards of $100 for intermediate and two awards of $50 for junior. To be awarded to outstanding projects that use strong scientific principles in exploring or solving a problem related to human health issues and communicate the results of their project through an effective visual display.
Rotary Club of Hamilton Stoney Creek Awards
Three awards. $250 (First), $150 (Second) and $100 (Third) to the best Hamilton Core (Red Zone) school projects that display high academic achievement and strive to excel in science and technology.
Royal Botanical Gardens Award
For the best project in plant or environmental sciences. Prize is a one year RBG family membership and $100 gift certificate from the RBG shop.
Dr. Nicola Simmons Award in Cognition Studies
One award of $100 for an exemplary project in cognition studies.
Society of Tribologists & Lubrication Engineers – Hamilton Section Awards
Two awards of $250 for projects that utilize the principles of tribology (friction, wear and lubrication) to solve a technical problem.
Talkit.ca Computer Engineering Awards
Two awards, $100 (First) and $50 (Second) for outstanding projects using computer electronics or software.
University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship
One award of a $1,000 admission scholarship in the Faculties of Engineering, Science or Health Sciences for a deserving senior project. In the case of a pair project, each student will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Venture Academy at McMaster University Awards
2 scholarships to Venture Academy for one week of free summer camp awarded to students in grade 11 or 12. Each student in a pair project will receive a scholarship.
Water Environment Association of Ontario Award
An award of $100 for a project focused on innovative ideas for preserving and/or enhancing Ontario’s water environment.
BASEF Inspiration Student Awards
These awards have been created to generate interest and encourage participation in the Fair. $500 to a minimum of 10 projects that win $250 or less in other cash prizes, do not win a Grand Prize Trip Award and have not previously won a BASEF 500 Award or a BASEF Inspiration Award.
BASEF Inspiration Teacher Awards
$500 awarded to up to 9 NEW* teachers at BASEF. The teacher must have 2 or more projects displayed and judged at BASEF. The award is to be used in the classroom at the winning teacher’s discretion. *The winning teacher must NOT have participated at BASEF in the prior 5 fairs.