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Student Project Award

The NCCEH Student Project Award is an annual award offered in partnership with the Environmental Health Foundation of Canada (EHFC) for students enrolled in Canadian post-secondary institutions offering a Public Health Inspection (PHI) program or a degree in public health.

The Award:

This award is intended for students of public health to develop awareness and promote critical analysis of environmental health issues. We believe that quality student work should be encouraged and recognized.

Up to five (5) awards are made available annually. Successful applicants will be awarded a certificate and a cheque in the amount of $500. Winning submissions will also be posted, along with the students’ names and programs of study, onto the NCCEH and EHFC websites.

2016 Submission Deadline: Friday May 27 at 3:00 p.m. (Pacific Time). The entry period is closed.

All requirements are outlined below. If you have additional questions, please click here.

Eligibility:

Candidates must be a full- or part-time student at a Canadian post-secondary institution, enrolled in an environmental or public health program.

Submission Criteria:

Each submission requires two components:

  1. an original evidence review written by the applicant, and
  2. a current Enrollment Verification Letter for confirmation of eligibility. This letter is available free of charge from most institutions.

An evidence review is a document that focuses on a specific question and details the methods used to identify, select, summarize, and assess the literature most relevant to that question. Submitted reviews must cover a topic pertaining to environmental health practice or policy in Canada and its implications for public health.

Suggested topic areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Air (indoor or outdoor); e.g., radon, traffic-related air pollution, mould
  • Water (recreation or drinking water); e.g., chlorinated compounds in swimming pools, arsenic in wells
  • Food; e.g., food security, food safety
  • Contaminants/Hazards (physical, biological and chemical agents); e.g., non-ionizing radiation, E. coli, pesticides
  • Built Environment; e.g., green space, active transportation

Note: a course assignment completed in the current academic year can be eligible for submission, provided it is modified to fulfill the submission criteria.

Content:

The evidence review should include the following sections:

  • Title
  • Summary – highlights of the review, presented in bullet points
  • Introduction – background and importance of the topic, and objective of the review
  • Methods – brief description of the literature search (details including search terms, databases, inclusion and exclusion criteria should be provided in an appendix)
  • Results and Discussion – synthesis of the literature; include strengths and limitations, and any gaps in research, policy, or knowledge
  • Conclusions – outcomes derived from the literature; include relevance and generalizability of the results to environmental health practice or policy in Canada, and suggestions for future directions
  • Acknowledgements (if applicable)
  • References
  • Appendices – literature search details, as well as tables and figures (if applicable)

Formatting:

The body of the evidence review is expected to be between 1500-2500 words in length, double-spaced, and presented in a legible, 12 point size font. No additional formatting is requested. The word limit does not include the summary, references or appendices.

References must be presented in Vancouver style. We recommend that candidates use reference management software (e.g., Endnote, Reference Manager, RefWorks).

Files must be saved in PDF format.

Evaluation Criteria:

20%: Presentation, including spelling, grammar, readability, and appropriate length.

40%: Content, including a clear purpose and rationale, literature search methods, results and discussion, and conclusions.

40%: Demonstrated knowledge of the current issue and practical considerations to environmental health practice or policy, including information gaps and generalizability/relevance of results.

Examples of student evidence reviews:

The following reviews were created by students working with NCCEH Knowledge Translation (KT) scientists, and should be used as a guide for content only. We do not request the use of a similar page template or expect a review of comparable length.

 


Previous Award Recipients:

Note: the Student Project Award criteria were revised after the 2014 competition.

2015

  • Role of the built environment on older adults’ physical activity: An evidence review
    I Chhay
    University of Guelph: Master of Public Health
    Summary. Full document.
  • Agricultural runoff, cyanobacterial blooms in Lake Erie and public health: A knowledge synthesis
    C Friesen
    University of Guelph: Master of Science in Epidemiology
    Summary. Full document.
  • The interactive effects of poor air quality and extreme heat on health
    E Marshall-Catlin
    Queen's University: Master of Public Health
    Summary. Full document.

2014

  • The use of social media in environmental health research and communication: an evidence review
    M Hempel
    University of Guelph: Master of Public Health
    IntroductionFull Document.
  • Health Effects of Pharmaceuticals in the Water Supply: A Knowledge Synthesis
    S Lam
    University of Guelph: Master of Public Health
    SummaryFull Document.
  • Safety of Chinese Roast Pork as Determined by the Water Activity of the Skin and Cavity
    W Lao
    BC Institute of Technology: Environmental Health
    AbstractFull Document.
  • Safety and pH Measurements of Sushi Rice in Japanese Restaurants in Burnaby BC, Canada
    C Lee
    BC Institute of Technology: Environmental Health
    AbstractFull Document.
  • The Effectiveness of Ozone-chlorine Treatment for Reducing Chloramine Concentration Compared to Chlorine Treatment in Swimming Pools and Whirlpools
    D Mah
    BC Institute of Technology: Environmental Health
    AbstractFull Document.

2013

  • The Hot Lunch Dilemma: Evaluation Heat Retention Ability of Insulated Container with Macaroni and Cheese
    T Chu
    BC Institute of Technology: Environmental Health
    AbstractFull Document.
  • Comparison of Aerobic and E. Coli Colony-Forming Units Isolated From Circulating Paper and Plastic $20 Canadian Banknotes
    R Olivier
    BC Institute of Technology: Environmental Health
    AbstractFull Document.
  • Endocrine Disruptors in Drinking Water and Associated Health Effects: A Knowledge Synthesis
    V Wells
    University of Guelph: Master of Public Health
    SummaryFull Document.

2012

  • An Investigation on Organic Contaminants on Tattoo Machines
    S Jalili
    BC Institute of Technology: Environmental Health
    AbstractFull Document.
  • Is house dust a reservoir for infant gut bacteria?
    T Konya
    University of Toronto: Master of Public Health
    AbstractFull Document.
  • Infection Prevention and Control in Vancouver’s Medical Clinic Waiting Room: Is there consistency between regions of different socioeconomic status?
    B Kung
    BC Institute of Technology: Environmental Health
    AbstractFull Document.
  • One Health and EcoHealth in Ontario: A qualitative study exploring how holistic and integrative approaches are shaping public health practice in Ontario
    Z Leung
    University of Guelph: Master of Public Health
    AbstractFull DocumentJournal Article.
  • Uranium Mining: Assessing the potential health impact of uranium mining in Nunavut
    R Moorhouse, G Habibi, D Richard, T Byambaa, T Fabro
    Simon Fraser University: Master’s in Public Health
    AbstractFull Document.

 

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