Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.
  • Français

    PAPTAC - Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada


    National Student Problem-Solving Competition

    (This competition does not necessarily take place every year. The competition is confirmed by the Executive Council.)



    Purpose and Objectives

    • To encourage participation in problem-solving activities for undergraduate students in Canada.
    • To reward excellence and innovation.

    Nature of Award
    The award will consist of the following:

    • A certificate, a gold pin and a cash prize to be determined by the Executive Council for first prize.
    • A certificate, a gold pin and a cash prize determined by the Executive Council for second prize.

    The national competition will be open to undergraduate students from a Canadian university, community college or a CEGEP. Submission will be accepted only through participating schools.

    Judging Rules

    • A committee consisting of university / college professors and industry representatives will distribute a practical mill operating problem to schools by September 1st of each year.
    • Each student, or team of up to a maximum of six (6) students, will submit a solution to the school for preliminary evaluation.
    • Participating universities and colleges may subsequently select and submit a maximum of two (2) entries into the national competition by the deadline date.
    • Length of submission: There is no limit to the length of a written submission to the national competition. However, each individual submission must include an executive summary of not more than 10 pages including diagrams (maximum 275 words per page typed double-spaced).
    • Language of submission: English or French.
    • Submissions must be postmarked no later than June 30th.

    Judging Committee
    All eligible submissions will be judged by a committee consisting of representatives of both academia and industry based on the following criteria: Ingenuity and practicality of the solution (Inventiveness): 40%

    • Logical scientific and engineering content (Principles): 30%
    • Organization and style of the report: 30%

    The competition is sponsored by PAPTAC.

    Award Presentation
    Presentation of the award will take place during the Annual Meeting of PAPTAC. Winning papers will be published by PAPTAC.

    You are here PAPTAC PAPTAC National awards