RBC Outstanding Thesis Award in Cybersecurity in the Quantum Era

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This award is supported by a donation from RBC to support cybersecurity research at the University of Waterloo.

Award description

One award valued at $5,000, will be awarded annually to a current or past graduate student who has successfully submitted and defended their thesis. The student's thesis must have focused on quantum-safe cryptography. The UW Cryptography/CryptoWorks21 Selection Committee will select a recipient annually, reflecting back on theses submitted and defended in the last 12 months. Scientific excellence and application in quantum-safe cryptography are the criteria for the Thesis Award.

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Application process

The award is given annually to a graduate of the CryptoWorks21 program from the University of Waterloo. Once a student has enrolled in CryptoWorks21, no separate application for this award is required.

The next award will be given in early 2020, selected among students who completed the CryptoWorks21 program and who completed a Master's thesis or PhD thesis in the 2019 calendar year.


  • 2019: Dr. Anqi Huang – "Quantum Hacking after Measurement-Device-Independent Quantum Cryptography"