Canadian Association of Physicists

Summary

Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP), or in French Association canadienne des physiciens et physiciennes (ACP) is a Canadian professional society that focuses on creating awareness among Canadians and Canadian legislators of physics issues, sponsoring physics related events, physics outreach, and publishes Physics in Canada.[2] It was founded in July 1945.[3] The organization has over 1,600 members[4] and is bilingual, functioning in English and French.

Canadian Association of Physicists
Association canadienne des physiciens et physiciennes
AbbreviationCAP / ACP
Formation1945
TypeProfessional association
PurposeScientific outreach
HeadquartersOttawa, Ontario, Canada
Region served
Canada
Membership
~1,600
Official language
English, French
President
Shohini Ghose (Wilfrid Laurier University)[1]
Websitehttp://www.cap.ca

P. Phys. professional certificationEdit

The CAP can appoint an official designation called the P. Phys. which stands for Professional Physicist, similar to the designation of P. Eng. which stands for Professional Engineer. This designation was unveiled at the CAP congress in 1999 and more than 200 people carry this distinction.[5]

Physics contestsEdit

The Canadian Association of Physics hosts several CAP physics contests across Canada each year, aimed at different levels of physics students. The CAP High School Prize exam is offered across Canada once a year, usually in early April, and aims to challenge physics students on their physics knowledge.[6] It is a national exam and the top participants are invited to try out for the Canadian Physics Olympiad international team trained by volunteers from the University of British Columbia.

The CAP Lloyd G. Elliott Prize exam, also known as the "University Prize Exam", is offered once a year, usually early February, to Canadian university undergraduate physics students.[7] The CAP Best Student Presentation competition is held during the CAP's annual congress.[8] The CAP awards prizes to the physics students, normally at the graduate level, who make the three best oral presentations and the three physics students who make the three best poster presentations.

CAP CongressEdit

The CAP holds an annual congress each year to discuss internal matters, hold elections, hold oral and poster sessions, give formation workshops to high school physics teachers, and hold the Herzberg Public Memorial lecture.[9] The 2022 Congress will be held at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada from June 5-10.[10]

CAP Herzberg MedalEdit

The CAP awards the Herzberg medal for outstanding research achievement by a Canadian physicist within 12 years of completing his or her doctorate. This medal is named after Canadian Nobel-prize winner Gerhard Herzberg and has been given annually since 1970.[11]

CAP Foundation activitiesEdit

  • The annual CAP Lecture Tour[12]
  • Awards for teachers[12]
  • High School Prize Examination[12]
  • The Lloyd G. Elliott University Prize Examination[12]
  • The Boris P. Stoicheff Memorial Graduate Scholarship[12]
  • The Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference[12]
  • The Canada-America-Mexico (CAM) Graduate Student Conference[12]
  • The Canada-Wide Science Fair[12]

See alsoEdit

ArchivesEdit

There is a Canadian Association of Physicists fonds at Library and Archives Canada.[13] Reference number R2864.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Board of Directors".
  2. ^ "What CAP Does". Canadian Association of Physicists. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
  3. ^ "Home". Canadian Association of Physicists. Retrieved 2020-01-15.
  4. ^ Donald D. Betts (2000). "A Brief History of the Canadian Association of Physicists / L'Association canadienne des physiciens et physiciennes" (PDF). Physics in Canada. 56 (2): 75. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-10-18. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
  5. ^ Shelley A. Page (2008). "President's Message – December, 2008" (PDF). Canadian Association of Physicists. Retrieved 2009-06-06.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "CAP Secondary School Prize Exam | Supporting Physics Research and Education in Canada". Archived from the original on 2011-10-30.
  7. ^ "Lloyd G. Elliott University Prize Exam | Supporting Physics Research and Education in Canada". Archived from the original on 2011-11-07.
  8. ^ "CAP Best Student Paper Awards | Supporting Physics Research and Education in Canada". Archived from the original on 2011-08-14.
  9. ^ "Congrès de l'ACP 2011 CAP Congress". Physics in Canada. Canadian Association of Physicists. 65 (2, supplement). 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2011-10-04.
  10. ^ "2022 CAP Congress". Canadian Association of Physicists. Retrieved 2022-05-16.
  11. ^ "CAP Herzberg Medal – Current and Previous Winners". Canadian Association of Physicists. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h "CAP Foundation Donation - Ignite the Spark". Canadian Association of Physicists. Retrieved 2020-01-15.
  13. ^ "Finding aid to Canadian Association of Physicits fonds, Library and Archives Canada".

Further readingEdit

  • Francine M. Ford (2000). "The Evolution of CAP/ACP Activities" (PDF). Physics in Canada. 56 (2): 77. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-10-18. Retrieved 2009-06-06.

External linksEdit

  • Official website

See alsoEdit