Special Awards are donated by families, individuals, companies, organizations and groups to recognize deserving projects that deal with topics of interest to the donor.
BASEF Inspiration Awards
The “BASEF Inspiration Awards” generate interest and encourage participation in the Fair for both teachers and students.
BASEF Inspiration Student Awards
A minimum of 10 awards of $500 each for top projects based on merit judging marks that win $250 or less in other prizes and have not previously won a BASEF 500 or BASEF Inspiration award.
BASEF Inspiration Teacher Awards
Up to a maximum of 9 awards of $500 each for teachers of schools new* to BASEF. The teacher must have two or more projects displayed and judged at BASEF. The award is to be used in the classroom at the winning teacher’s discretion. The cheque will be sent to the teacher after the BASEF Award ceremony.
* Schools that have not had projects in BASEF for at least 5 years.
Artistically Inspired Display Awards
Two awards for $50 for projects with the most artistically inspired display
Association for Iron & Steel Technology Northern Chapter Awards
Two awards of $100 for outstanding projects related to metallurgy, materials science, or engineering
Bay Area Health Trust Award
The Paul Lakin/Bay Area Health Trust, Life Sciences Award
A $1500 McMaster Scholarship awarded to a senior (grade 11 or 12) student (for a pair project, split between 2 students) for an outstanding project demonstrating innovation and scientific excellence in the Life Sciences. 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 $50 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
An award of $150 for the best project at any level in Meteorological and/or Oceanographic Sciences. This includes projects in weather, air quality, climate, climate changes and/or the oceans.
Canadian Nuclear Society (Golden Horseshoe Branch) Awards
Two awards of $125 for intermediate or senior projects and two awards of $75 for junior projects relating to nuclear science and engineering, energy research or climate sciences
A project that exhibits good scientific, engineering or mathematical thought, but did not receive a merit award or any special awards.
Chemical Institute of Canada- Hamilton Section Awards
Three awards of $100 for the best three projects related to chemistry, chemical engineering, or chemical technology
Conservation Halton Awards
Two awards of $100 to projects that contribute to environmental research, protection, conservation, restoration or awareness by Halton students
Damani Award for Women in Biomedical Engineering
One award of $100 for a female student that demonstrates an excellent application of knowledge in engineering, biology and medicine for healthcare. Also the creative integration of a variety of engineering disciplines with the biomedical sciences for healthcare. Example disciplines may include material science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, biotechnology, cellular and tissue engineering, and/or genetic engineering, etc.
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
Dr. M. Doyle Biology Award
$250, plus a plaque and a trophy to the winner’s school for the best Biology project
Electrical Construction Association of Hamilton Award
Two awards of $250 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/innovative way.
Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute
For projects that explore digestive health, related disease, general nutrition or the human microbiome in health or disease through experimentation or in depth literature will be eligible
Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute Grand Award
Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Awards
Two Awards of $250 each
Gowling WLG Innovation Awards
An award of $200 for the runner-up for an excellent project demonstrating potentially patentable subject matter
An award of $300 and a complimentary one-hour consultation with a patent or trademark agent at the Gowling WLG Hamilton Office for the best project demonstrating potentially patentable subject matter
Hamilton Academy of Dentistry Awards
Three awards of $250 (first), $150 (second) and $100 (third) for Intermediate or Senior projects related to dentistry or the delivery of dentistry
Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Innovation Awards
Three awards of $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 Pakistani Physicians Association Awards
Hamilton Wentworth Occasional Teacher Awards
Environment & Education Award
One award of $50 for a Junior project that most effectively educates others about an environmental issue
Healthy Lifestyles Award
One award of $50 for a Junior project that most effectively educates others regarding the role of nutrition and/or exercise in maintaining a healthy lifestyle
Presentation & Aesthetics Award
One award of $50 for a Junior project that demonstrates a high level of visual appeal, creativity, and overall quality of presentation
Hillfield Strathallan College Awards of Excellence
Life Sciences Award
One award of $100 for a junior project that best displays excellence in life sciences
Physical Sciences Award
One award of $100 for an intermediate project that best demonstrates an understanding of the scientific process in the physical sciences
One award of $100 for a senior project that best displays innovation related to environmental sciences or biotechnology
Hillfield Strathallan College Entrance Scholarship Award
One award of a $5000 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
IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) Hamilton Section Awards
Two awards of $100 for projects showing the best use of Electronics in a Science or Engineering project
Indigenous Peoples of Canada Scientific Study Awards
Three awards of $140 (first), $80 (second) and $80 (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
International Science & Engineering Affiliated Fair Awards
Prize: Certificates &, letters
American Meteorological Society
For 2 projects in the areas of atmospheric, and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences
American Psychological Association
Creative scientific endeavour in the areas of atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences
ASM Materials Education Foundation Award
The best materials engineering project
- Use of materials-related concepts
- Demonstration of some aspect of the materials paradigm, i.e., structure-
Association for Women Geoscientists
A project by a female(s) exemplifying high standards of innovation and scientific excellence in the geosciences
Intel Excellence in Computer Science
US$200 for the best intermediate or senior project in computer science
MU Alpha Theta
Most challenging, original, thorough and creative investigation of a problem involving mathematics
Ricoh USA, Inc.
Outstanding project that addresses issues of environmental responsibility and sustainable development
Society for In Vitro Biology
An Outstanding Grade 11 project in the areas of in vitro biology or tissue culture
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Science Champion Award: The most outstanding project to solve an important global development challenge.
Prize also includes a Social Media Kit
Yale Science & Engineering Association
An Outstanding Grade 11 project in Computer Science, Engineering, Physics or Chemistry
Prize includes a medallion & a certificate
Laurentian Chapter of SETAC Award
Two awards of $100 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
Mahut-Brent Award for Women in Science and Engineering
Awarded for an outstanding project by a female student that demonstrates an excellent application of scientific thought and creativity towards a subject matter that the participant is passionate about. Prize is $100, a giant microbe and a certificate.
McMaster University Awards
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology Award
One award for $100 for an outstanding senior or intermediate project connected to chemistry or chemical biology
Department of Chemical Engineering & Chemical Engineering Club
One award of $250 for an outstanding intermediate or senior project demonstrating aspects of chemical engineering
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Three awards of $100 and a trophy, one at each level, to projects displaying the best innovative use, design, or testing of materials.
Faculty of Engineering Entrance Awards
Five awards of a $1,000 entrance scholarship for projects demonstrating excellence in Science or Engineering research, to be redeemed upon acceptance of admission to either of the Faculties of Science or Engineering
School of Geography and Earth Sciences Awards
Earth or Environmental Science Award
An Award of $ 100, for an outstanding project in earth or environmental science
Geography or Social Science Award
An Award of $ 100, for an outstanding project in geography or social science
Women in Engineering Entrance Awards
Two awards of a $1,000 entrance award for projects led by female students that demonstrate excellence in health sciences, science or engineering, to be redeemed upon acceptance of admission to the Faculty of Engineering
Mechanical Contractors Association of Hamilton Award
One award of $250 for the best engineering project, intermediate or senior level
Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research (IIDR) Awards
$100 for the best senior student project in infectious disease, drug discovery or human health. This award also includes a one hour consultation with Dr. Dawn Bowdish, of IIDR to discuss with the winner(s) and their families about science/university/careers. Also, an article about the winners and their projects will be published in the IIDR newsletter.
Two awards of $50 for excellent student projects in infectious disease, drug discovery or human health.
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 Awards
One award of $50 for a worthy project at the Junior level showing good potential for improving the health of our community
Nikola Tesla Innovation Awards
Projects which best display the most innovative application of the body of knowledge associated with Nikola Tesla’s work, and/or acknowledgement in the display of Nikola Tesla’s contribution by way of his work and inventions.
Nicola Tesla Innovation Awards
One award each for Gold ($250), Silver ($150), & Bronze ($100)
Nicola Tesla Honourable Mention Awards
Twenty (20) Honourable Mention Awards at $50 each for projects with electricity as a key element
Oakvillegreen Conservation Association Award for the Environment
An award of $100 for the project that best promotes understanding and stewardship of the environment.
Primary Fluid Systems Awards
Twenty Awards of $100 to outstanding projects in Earth and Environmental, Engineering or Physical Sciences categories
Procor Engineering Awards
Three awards of $150 (senior), $100 (Intermediate) and $50 (Junior) for an excellent Engineering project at each level
Professional Engineers of Ontario-Hamilton/Burlington Chapter Awards
Three awards of $250 (first), $150 (second) and $100 (third) for deserving, exceptional, outstanding projects in Engineering at any level
Professional Engineers Ontario – Oakville Chapter Awards
Three awards of $200 for deserving engineering projects, one at each level
Rotary Club of Hamilton-East Wentworth Awards
Three awards of $250 (first), $150 (second) and $100 (third) for the best three projects from schools situated in the Hamilton core and/or Red Zone areas displaying high academic achievement and striving to excel in science and technology
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
SPIE – The International Society for Optics & Photonics Awards
Three awards of US$250 (first), US$150 (second) and US$100 (third) for projects in optics or photonics where students apply optics or photonics technology, techniques or principles to their projects. To be requested by the winners after the fair
Talkit.ca Computer Engineering Awards
One award of $100 (first) and one award of $50 (second) for outstanding projects using computer electronics or software
Ted Rogers Innovation Award – Rogers Communications Inc.
One award of $100, a T-Shirt and a certificate for a project that best demonstrates commercial potential.
The Paul Lakin/Bay Area Health Trust, Life Sciences Award
A $1500 McMaster Scholarship awarded to a senior (grade 11 or 12) student (or for a pairs project, split between 2 students) for a project demonstrating innovation in the Life Sciences. Award to be redeemed upon acceptance and registration into any undergraduate program at McMaster University, Hamilton, ON.
The Research Institute at St. Joe’s Hamilton, Health Research Awards
Two awards of $100 at the intermediate level and two $50 awards at the junior level for outstanding projects that use strong scientific principles in exploring or solving a problem related to human health issues and communicates the results of their project through an effective visual display
University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship
One award of a $1000 admission scholarship (or two $500 scholarships for a pairs project) for a deserving Senior project
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.