The Richer Medal was established in 2016 thanks to a generous gift from Harvey B. Richer, a former Director of CASCA and Professor at the University of British Columbia.
The Richer Medal is awarded every second year, in odd-numbered years, in recognition of significant and sustained early career research in astronomy. To be eligible, the nominee must be a member of CASCA in good standing, and a Canadian astronomer or an astronomer working in Canada. The nominee will normally have received his or her PhD degree within the previous 10 years; allowances will be made for extended leaves of up to two years (e.g. maternity or paternity leaves, medical leaves, etc.)
The award consists of a gold medal, plus a certificate. The recipient shall be invited to address the Society at its Annual General Meeting. The nomination package must be submitted entirely in electronic form to the Chair of the Awards committee and should consist of:
- A joint letter of nomination signed by at least two members of CASCA in good standing;
- The CV of the nominee;
- Three external letters of support (e.g., from international experts in the nominee’s field). No letter should exceed two pages in length.
No other material should be submitted. The deadline for nominations for the 2017 Award is 15 January 2017.