At the joint annual meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists and the Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists, Wayne Snedden was presented with the C.D. Nelson Award for "outstanding research contributions to plant physiology". The award is given to researchers within 10 years of their initial appointment. The citation for the award reads:
Dr. Wayne Snedden has made important contributions in the cellular signaling field, focusing principally on the role of calcium signaling and on the role of intracellular calcium sensor proteins such as calmodulin (CaM) and CaM-like proteins during abiotic and biotic stress responses. His work has received international attention, as judged by the high citation level it has attracted from the scientific community. Wayne's record shows that during his young career he has already mad a strong impact on the Canadian plant biology scene, first as a scientist, but also as a mentor for his students and as a teacher.