CPS Student Paper Competition

Annual Canadian Population Society Student Paper Competition ($500):

The CPS student paper award is conferred annually at its national conference. The competition serves to showcase the high quality of research in areas relevant to demography and encourages the participation of young scholars by providing a forum for paper presentation and feedback.

The winner will receive a cheque for $500.00 that is officially presented to the recipient during General Assembly.


1. CPS member(s) enrolled in a graduate program in any university in Canada or abroad.

2. Have a paper or poster accepted at the annual CPS conference.

3. Paper must deal with a population-related topic, and should be written in English and be within 25 pages in total.

4. Paper should be solely the work of the participating student or students. Co-authored paper with a non-student/supervisor will be excluded.

5. Complete papers must be sent to the Student Paper Competition Chair by the stated deadline

Past Recipients:

2023 (York University, Toronto)

Micheala Bunakova, McGill. Marry a doctor, live longer: A quantitative study of spousal dyad health influence under different macro-policy contexts

2022 (Virtual)

Gum-Ryeong Park, McMaster University. How do housing asset and income relate to mortality? A population-based cohort study of 881,220 older adults in Canada.

2021 (Virtual)

Chih-Ian Winnie Yang, McGill University.  Marriage Equality or Socioeconomic Inequality? Couple-Level Socioeconomic Predictors of Same-Sex Marriage in Canada between 2006 and 2016.

2019 (University of British Columbia, British Columbia)

Tim Kang, University of Toronto
The Transition to Adulthood of Contemporary Delinquent Adolescents

2018 (University of Regina, Saskatchewan)

Eugena Kwon, Western University
The Awareness and Utilization of Canada's Food Guide and the Changing Face of Canada

2017 (Ryerson, Toronto)

Cary Wu, University of British Columbia
When in the South, do as the Southerners do? Internal migration and the stability of trust among Americans

2016 (University of Calgary, Alberta)

Md Mahbubur Rahman, McMaster University
Baby Bonus, Anyone?  Examining Quebec's Pro-Natal Policies

2015 (Ottawa, Ontario)

Sean Waite, McGill University
Does it Get Better? A Quasi-cohort Analysis of Sexual Minority Wage Gaps.

2014 (St. Catherines, Ontario)

Nicole Denier and Sean Waite, McGill University
Gay pay in Canadian Cities: Local labour market effects on sexual minority earnings gaps

2013 (Victoria, British Columbia)

Iris Hoiting, University of Alberta
Families in Flux: Exploring the Relationship between Family Structure and Deviancy

2012 (Kitchener and Waterloo, Ontario)

S. Tian, University of Toronto
Place of Education and Immigrants’ Economic Integration: The Role of Social Resources

2011 (Fredericton, New Brunswick)

Naoka Hawkins, University of Toronto
Immigrant Status and the Relationship Between Education and Health: Exploring the Role of Psychosocial and Economic Resources

2009 (Ottawa, Ontario)

Lisa Kaida, University of Toronto
Pathways to Economic Mobility for Immigrants in “Bad” Jobs

2008 (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Alyson van Raalte (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research). Lifespan
Inequality: A Study Of Five Countries And Four Measures.

2007 (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)

Lisa Kaida, Melissa Moyser, and Stella Y. Park, University of Toronto
Living Alone, or Living with Family?: Ethnic Variations in the Living Arrangements of Elderly Canadians.

2006 (Toronto, Ontario)

Yimin (Gloria) Lou, University of Western Ontario
What Happens to the ‘Healthy Immigrant Effect’: The Mental Health of Immigrants to Canada

2004 (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

Jianye Liu , Sociology, University of Western Ontario 
Children's Schooling in Vietnam: Does Gender Matter?

2003 (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Ann H. Kim, Sociology, Brown University
Determinants of international migration flows

2002 (Toronto, Ontario)

Ron Budinski, University of Alberta
Cohabitation in Canada: Stability of Cohabiting Relationships and the Effect of Cohabitation on Marital Unions

2001 (Ste. Foy, Quebec)

D. Walter R. Omariba, University of Western Ontario
Child Morbidity in Kenya: Does Women's Status Matter?

2000 (Edmonton, Alberta)

Alison Yacyshyn, Sociology, University of Alberta
Housing Alberta's Seniors

1999 (Lenoxville, Quebec)

Juhee Suwal, Sociology, University of Alberta
Determinants of Infant Mortality in Nepal

1998 (Ottawa, Ontario)

Michael S. Pollard (& Zheng Wu), University of Victoria 
Divergence of Quebec/Non-Quebec Marriage Patterns

1997 (St. John's Newfoundland)

Junjie Zhang (& Rod Beaujot), University of Western Ontario 
Determinants of Re-Employment Probability in Canada: Competing Risks Analyses between Full-Time and Part-Time Employment

1996 (St. Catharines, Ontario)

Zongli Tang, University of Alberta 
Minority Status and Chinese Fertility in Canada

1995 (St. Catharines, Ontario)

L. Odhiambo Omwanda (& Feng Hou), University of Western Ontario
Multilevel Analysis of the Interconnection Between Divorce and Female Labour Force Participation in Canada, 1931-1991