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Mark Cuss Memorial Scholarship

In December 2006, a young, gifted unmanned vehicles engineer working with CDL Systems named Mark Cuss passed away after a courageous 22-month battle with cancer. At the time of his death, Mark was only 27 years old. However, during his short time Mark made significant accomplishments both in his personal life and in his professional life.

The Mark Cuss Memorial Scholarship has been set up to:

  • Honour the memory of Mark Cuss by encouraging the interest
    of those in the field of unmanned vehicles and furthering
    future innovations.
  • Help those interested in unmanned vehicle technology reduce
    the financial burden of post-secondary education.
  • Encourage and facilitate students to develop and communicate
    concepts related to unmanned systems technology.

The USC-STC Mark Cuss Memorial Scholarship winner will be informed by October 15, and will receive:

  • A $2,500 cash contribution
  • A discounted rate to attend the annual Unmanned Systems Canada Conference and Exhibition to receive their Award
  • A profile on the USC-STC National Industry Directory

Important Dates for 2021

  • The deadline for students to apply is October 1st, 2021
  • The 19th Annual Unmanned Canada 2021 Conference and Exhibition is online and remote, with all events taking place the week of November 2-4.
  • All applicants to the Mark Cuss Scholarship will receive the discounted student rate.

Student UAS Competition

Unmanned Systems Canada / Systèmes Télécommandés Canada (USC-STC) is pleased to announce the 13th annual Student UAS Competition.

Attention All Teams! There has been a security breech at an embassy in downtown Ottawa. Governments are increasingly using UAS to aid in securing Critical Infrastructure and respond to threats. University and college teams from across Canada are invited to design an Unmanned System, using any combination of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), or hybrid, to help secure the grounds.


Student Paper Competition

Unmanned Canada 2021 Virtual Conference and Exhibition (UC21Virtual) Student Competition Awards

Each year, USC-STC hosts The Best Student paper, The Best Student Oral Presentation, and The Best Student Poster Competition at the USC-STC Annual Conference & Exhibition.  These awards are given to university and college student participants to acknowledge their contribution to the unmanned systems industry and to encourage strong academic excellence.

This is an exciting opportunity for students to gain exposure for their original and innovative work and interact with the rest of the Canadian unmanned vehicle systems community while competing for recognition and cash prizes.


A single prize and certificate of recognition will be awarded to the most outstanding research/technical paper ($800), oral presentation ($350), and poster ($350) presented by a student.

For more information on the competition rule Click Here

To submit your entry please complete the “Student Competition Submission” Form Here.