For the Best Student Paper in Canadian Hydrogeology


The Tóth Award is named in honour of the founder of the Canadian National Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists, Professor József Tóth. During his long and productive career in Canada, Dr.Tóth made many important contributions to Canadian hydrogeology and was an inspirational teacher.

The Tóth Award is presented to promote active participation in the IAH-CNC among hydrogeology students attending Canadian Universities and to recognize excellence in hydrogeology. The award provides an incentive for students and recent graduates to attend the national IAH-CNC conferences and present the results of their studies.

The award will be presented in those years when the IAH-CNC hosts or co-hosts a national conference.


  • Papers submitted for consideration for the award must be prepared primarily by the student (as first author) and must deal with, as the primary topic, the student’s university thesis or other university work.
  • The student must, at the time of the submission of the initial abstract, be a currently registered as a B.Sc., M.Sc. or Ph.D. student at a Canadian University or be within one year of having graduated from a Canadian university.
  • Mature students who have returned to university to complete an advanced degree following several years of outside experience, or students who have worked as hydrogeologists for several years and are attending university on a part-time basis are not eligible for the award.
  • The maximum number of authors is three.


Authors who wish their paper to be considered for the Tóth Award should indicate clearly when submitting their conference abstract that:

  • The paper is to be considered for the Tóth Award for the Best Student Paper in Canadian Hydrogeology; and
  • The senior author is eligible for the award.


The Vice President of the IAH-CNC will strike a committee consisting of him/herself as well as two or more additional Canadian hydrogeologists who will be attending the annual conference. This will constitute the Selection Panel that will be charged with determining the winner of the award for the year.

Prior to the conference, the panel will judge all papers submitted for consideration for the award, using the official paper judging form. Papers will be judged on the basis of technical merit, originality of the topic and quality of the writing. The Panel will determine which papers are of sufficient quality to merit further consideration. The four papers receiving the highest score will then be judged at the conference by the panel. If fewer than four submissions are considered eligible, only these submissions will be considered further.  The award will not be presented if the Selection Panel decides that no submissions are of a sufficient quality.

The student authors of these papers must present their papers as either oral presentations or posters at the conference, depending on the formation of the conference. The presentations will be judged on the basis of the quality of the visual materials and the quality of the presentation. The paper submissions and oral/poster presentations will each be assigned a weighting of 50%; the student receiving the highest combined mark will be judged the award winner.

The determination of the panel will be final and the award will be presented as part of the annual conference.


The winning student will receive a cash prize of $1,000.00 as well as a certificate from the IAH-CNC. Up to three runners-up will each receive a cash prize of $500, and all winners will also receive a one-year free membership in the IAH-CNC. The winning paper will be highlighted and the abstract reprinted in the IAH-CNC Bulletin and on the IAH-CNC website.


For additional information, contact the Vice President of the IAH-CNC.