Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology | Société Canadienne D'Apprentissage Psychomoteur et de Psychologie du Sport

Franklin Henry Young Scientist Award

Award Information

Award Overview:

The purpose of this award is to recognize scholarly research of trainee members of the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS). This recognition will be evidenced both by scholarly contributions to date (detailed in a curriculum vitae) and the quality of thesis-related research as judged by one exemplar of this work (i.e., new, submitted, or recently published). The award recipients will be expected to attend the SCAPPS conference and present the data from the submitted paper or an overview of their thesis work related to the submitted paper. The presentation must be novel and not solely based on data presented previously at a conference venue.

Award Guidelines


  • The applicant must be the principal author of the scholarly paper submitted for the award, which shows evidence of scholarly work representative of the trainee’s thesis.
  • The applicant must have been a student at the time that the research for the submitted scholarly paper was completed.
  • The applicant must have been registered as a student within the 12 months before the application date of the Franklin Henry Young Scientist Award.
  • The applicant must be a SCAPPS member at the time of application submission.
  • The applicant must not have been a previous recipient of the Franklin Henry Young Scientist Award.
  • All requested information (vitae, cover letter and submitted paper) must be submitted by the deadline.


Up to three (3) awards are available for each given year. One award is possible in each of the areas of: (1) Sport Psychology, (2) Exercise and Health Psychology, and (3) Motor Behaviour.  Applicants are required to indicate their preferred area at the time of submission, but the award adjudicators may choose to move the application to another area if deemed appropriate after consultation.

Each award consists of:

  • One registration at the current SCAPPS conference.
  • One SCAPPS membership for the year following the receipt of the award.
  • One financial award of up to $500 CAD to offset costs (travel, accommodation, and/or registration) incurred when the awardee attends a relevant academic conference*

*Notes: 1) the award recipient will receive the funds following submission of original receipts to the SCAPPS Treasurer; 2) the travel must occur within a 1-year period after the awardee receives the award and can include the SCAPPS conference for the year following the receipt of the award.

Submission Guidelines:

The application must include the following:

  • One brief cover letter (.pdf format) indicating (i) materials submitted, (ii) the current professional status of the applicant (iii) a brief chronological history of student status, and (iv) details regarding the submitted paper including: the relationship of the submitted paper to the student’s overall thesis and the state of submission regarding the submitted paper. With respect to the latter this includes the journal title of any intended or submitted work. Eligible papers can have been published up to 12 months preceding the Franklin Henry Young Scientist Award application deadline (so papers published in the last calendar year are eligible for consideration for the  Franklin Henry Young Scientist Award).
  • One curriculum vitae (.pdf format). The CV should conform to the five headings below:
    1. Demographic information pertaining to post-secondary education, including dates and supervisor name. Include graduate courses completed and final letter grades.
    2. Any awards (related to education and research) related to graduate study.
    3. Publications (including submitted and in-press) along with indications of contribution to the paper (i.e., whether this was part of your PhD, Masters, or other RA work). This information is especially important on multi-authored papers.
    4. Conference presentations.
    5. Other relevant research and/or extracurricular activities (e.g., visiting researcher, organizer of conference workshops, knowledge translation activities, CIS athlete, volunteer or clinical experience).
  • One copy (.pdf format) of the scholarly paper. The page limit for the submitted scholarly paper is 25 double spaced pages: excluding Tables, Figures, and References. (Note: manuscripts that have been submitted or accepted for publication at the time of award submission which fit outside of this 25 page limit will be permitted). Preferably, the paper will follow APA guidelines (7th edition), although for published/submitted work, adherence to journal guidelines will be accepted. All submissions should include an abstract (max 300 words). The submitted paper must be part of the student’s thesis and representative of current work (i.e., either not published or if published, published in the year preceding the application for the YSA).
  • Data previously presented or submitted to a journal can be used in the scholarly paper.
  • Papers that do not adhere to the submission criteria will not be reviewed.


For the 2021 competition, please email your applications and abstracts directly to the directors. The Director of Sport and Exercise Psychology is Dr. Shaelyn Strachan ( The Director of Motor Learning and Control is Dr. Melanie Lam ( Please include all of the above items in the single, merged PDF (a free and open-source program is available HERE to merge .pdf files). The deadline for applications is May 14, 2021.

Award Adjudication

The award will be judged both on the student’s curriculum vitae (50%) and the quality of the submitted paper (50%) as evidence of thesis-related work.

The reviewers will be considering the quality of the submitted Scholarly Paper based on the following criteria:

  • Scientific/methodological rigor (e.g., strong design, appropriate to the research question addressed, appropriate sample size)
  • Innovative/originality (e.g., uses a new methodology, has novel implications, focuses on an underserved population, poses an original research question)
  • Scientific merit/contribution (e.g., provides insight into conceptualization of theory or construct, advances understanding, clear potential application)
  • Clarity of presentation (e.g., well-written, grammatically correct)

The Curriculum Vitae will be judged on impact of work and scholarly promise as evidenced by the following:

  • Journal publications (quantity, quality, and contribution)
  • Academic awards and course grades
  • Conference participation (quantity, diversity, and leadership roles)
  • Any other relevant information pertaining to research-relevant training and excellence


Past Recipients

2020 Jeemin Kim | Tristan Loria | Maxine Myre
2019 Amanda Wurz | Gerome Manson | Kelsey Kendellen
2018 Veronica Allan | April Karlinsky | Eva Pila
2017 Erica Bennett | Christopher Forgaard | Celina Shirazipour
2016 Sara Scharoun | Eun-Young Lee | Alex Benson
2015 Ben Sylvester | Jarrod Blinch
2014 Justine Dowd | Michael Carter
2013 Heather Gainforth | Jeff Weiler
2012 Marie-Josée Perrier | Christopher Cowper-Smith
2011 Jennifer Brunet
2010 Dany MacDonald | Dana Maslovat
2009 Kristina A. Neely | Kim Shapcott
2008 Kelly Arbour | Anthony Carlsen
2007 Jessica Fraser | Erin Cressman
2006 Meghan McDonough | Olav Krigolson
2005 Catherine Sabiston | Flavio Oliveira
2004 Phil Wilson | Quincy Almeida
2003 Patrick Gaudreau | Timothy Welsh
2002 Amy Latimer | Luc Tremblay
2001 Adam Dubrowski | Shannon Clark
2000 Joe Baker
1999 Kent Kowalski
1998 Tim McGarry | Natalie Durand Bush
1997 Thana Hodge | Sandra Moritz
1996 Andrew Reed | Heather Hausenblas
1995 Shannon Robertson | Kathleen Martin
1994 Therese Brisson | Ann-Marie O’Halloran
1993 Yannick Blandin | John Spence
1992 Paul Van Donkelaar | Romeo Chua | Kerry Courneya
1991 Patti Weir | Wendy Rodgers
1990 Winston Byblow
1989 Richard Carson | Dave Robinson
1988 Heather Carnahan | Adrian Taylor
1987 Ray Young
1986 Tina Gabriele | John Durkin
1985 Joan Vickers
1984 Lise Gauvin | David Lacombe
1983 Peter Crocker
1982 None awarded
1981 None awarded
1980 Tim Lee | Kevin Spink

SCAPPS President Chris Shields and 2017 YSA winner Christopher Forgaard