Showcase your graduate research

Consider entering these creative contests and research communication opportunities; you could win some big money for showcasing your graduate research in creative and engaging ways!

University of Waterloo opportunities 

3MT (Three Minute Thesis) Competition: This prestigious international research communication competition is designed to cultivate your presentation and communication skills and provide you with an opportunity to share your research with non-academic audiences. Competitors also have the potential to win thousands of dollars in prizes! This competition typically takes place in the winter term

GRADflix is a research communication opportunity for graduate students. Participants will create a video, moving slide show, or animation of no longer than 60 seconds (one minute) in length that describes their research. This competition is designed to help you create a digital asset that could also be submitted to external competitions, such SSHRC's Storytellers competition. Submission deadlines typically take place in the fall term, with a showcase event in the early winter term.

GRADtalks is a series of research talks featuring two University of Waterloo doctoral students, speaking about a common theme from their research perspectives. Speakers are also awarded a GRADtalks Research Dissemination Award, valued at $500. GRADtalks events take place throughout the calendar year.

External opportunities

NSERC's Science Exposed Contest: This research image contest (open to scientific research in all fields of study) challenges Canadians to combine creativity and science for a chance to win one of four cash prizes of $2,000. The submission deadline is typically in January.

SSHRC's Storytellers Competition: Tell a story about your research! Submit an original work—video, audio, text or infographic—featuring SSHRC-funded research. You could win a cash prize of $3,000 and an all-expenses paid trip to the Social Science and Humanities Research Council's Congress to deliver a presentation about your research. The submission deadline is typically in January.