G. Michael Bancroft Ph.D. Thesis Award

The Canadian Light Source (CLS) places a high value on student training.  The facility offers an ideal environment for graduate students to have access to world-class facilities, and to interact with scientific colleagues from around the globe.  Many are expected to become the scientific leaders of tomorrow.

G. Michael ‘Mike’ Bancroft was the Scientific Director of the Canadian Synchrotron Radiation Facility (CSRF) in Madison, WI from 1978-1999, and Executive Director and Director of Research of the CLS from 1999-2001 and 2000-2004, respectively, during the crucial development years of the facility.  He is widely acknowledged as the driving force behind the creation of Canada’s national synchrotron facility.  He received the CIC Montreal Medal in 2002, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2003 and is currently Professor Emeritus at The University of Western Ontario.


The award consists of a plaque and a cash prize of $3000.  Each year, the CLS will present the G. Michael Bancroft Ph.D. Thesis Award to the Ph.D. thesis judged to be the best published in the last calendar year.  The award will be presented at the Annual Users’ Meeting

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the award, you must:

“Research described in this paper was performed at the Canadian Light Source, which is supported by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the University of Saskatchewan, the Government of Saskatchewan, Western Economic Diversification Canada, the National Research Council Canada, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.”


Applications will be accepted either from the candidate or their supervisor.  Please forward the following material to BancroftAward@lightsource.ca.   


All material must be received at the CLS by March 17, 2015.

Review Criteria:

All theses will be evaluated by a Review Committee, using the following three criteria:

Previous Recipients of this Award:

2014- Michelle (Tonkin) Parker
2013 - Riccardo Comin, University of British Columbia
2012 - Lijia Liu, Western University
2011 - Arathi Padmanabhan, University of Windsor
2010 - Adam Gillespie, University of Saskatchewan
2009 - Jesse Smith, University of Ottawa
2008 - Edwige Otero, University of Saskatchewan