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.). However, no individual may be nominated for both the Richer (early career) and Martin (mid-career) prizes in the same year.
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 (see nomination guidelines) 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 2021 Award is 31 December 2020.
2021 Harvey B. Richer Gold Medal
CASCA is pleased to announce Dr. Renée Hložek as the recipient of the 2021 Richer Medal.
Dr. Hložek obtained her PhD from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and is currently an Assistant Professor at the Dunlap Institute and the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. She is a recognized expert in both observational and theoretical cosmology in all her investigations: in studies of the cosmic microwave background, probes of large-scale structure, or transient cosmology. She holds multiple leadership positions in international collaborations, including the Simons Observatory, the Atacama Cosmology Telescope, the Canadian Euclid Consortium, and the Vera Rubin Observatory. Coupling her own research accomplishments with the training of a large number of students since arriving at Toronto, she has raised the profile and impact of the Canadian cosmological community. Dr. Hložek received the University of Toronto Dean’s Faculty Merit Award in 2017 and 2018, and has been elected a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar as well as an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.
CASCA is delighted to recognize Dr. Renée Hložek’s efforts with this award.