- In 1976 the CBA/ABC established a cash award "for
the best oral presentation by a student of his or her
own research, as a contributed paper at the Annual
Meeting". In 1978 the award was named in memory of
Lionel Cinq-Mars (1919-1973), a charter member of CBA/ABC
and a member (one of the Directors) of the first
Executive (1965-66). He also served another term as a
Director of CBA/ABC from 1967 to 1969.
- Cinq-Mars obtained a B.A. from Laval (1940), a
B.Sc.Agr. from the College d'agriculture at La Pocatie
(1944), and a M.Sc. from Macdonald College (1949). He
worked for several years (1948-62) as a plant
pathologist for the Federal Department of Agriculture
(his specialty was apple diseases). He was appointed
Professor of Botany at Laval in 1962, and became popular
as a teacher and researcher. In 1968 he was officially
appointed Conservateur de l'Herbier Louis-Marie,
although he had been responsible for the reorganization
of the herbarium since his arrival at Laval. Cinq-Mars
was an expert field botanist, amassing a personal
herbarium of about 10,000 sheets. He was considered an
expert on the genera Viola and Amelanchier.
He led three field trips for the Montreal Botanical
Congress (1959) and headed the organizing committee for
the 1970 CBA/ABC Annual Meeting at Laval.
Any bona fide student enrolled at a Canadian institution
of higher learning is eligible, as well as Canadian students
at foreign institutions, both undergraduate and graduate.
Every effort will be made to ensure that each student in the
competition has a fair evaluation and an equal chance of
winning the award.
Oral presentation will be evaluated by a panel of judges
(at least one from each of the sections of CBA) which is
chaired by the President-Elect. The merit of each paper will
be judged on the basis of content (60%) and presentation
(40%). All students who wish to compete for this award must
indicate this by checking the appropriate box on the
abstract form. Abstracts must be submitted for the Annual
Meeting at which the student will compete for the Award.
(for details about submission deadlines see the Annual