2023 GRADflix Competition winners announced!

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

GRADflix winners on the red carpet

Please join us in congratulating the winners of the 2023 GRADflix competition!

On January 31, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs hosted its fifth annual GRADflix Showcase, a hybrid red-carpet event featuring the 25 best 60-second videos made by graduate students to describe their research.

After a tough deliberation, a judging panel comprising Tania Del Motto (GreenHouse), Nam Kiwanuka (TVO), Matt Regehr (Creative Studio), and Candace Stewart-Smith (Centre for Career Action) selected four winning videos that best exemplified and communicated the amazing research being carried out by UWaterloo grad students. For the first time ever, they also selected a winner for a Social Impact award. This prize has been sponsored by GreenHouse and is awarded for the research video representing the most compelling social impact story. Last but certainly not least, our audience decided the People’s Choice Award winner live during the 2023 GRADflix showcase.

And the winners are...

Andrew Stella
Caitlin Laidlaw
Ben Zhang

First place - $750 prize; and People's Choice - $250 prize:

Andrew Stella, MASc student from the Department of Chemical Engineering, for his video: Robust, wearable sensors for firefighters made using conductive polymers

Second place - $500 prize:

Caitlin Laidlaw, MES student from the School of Geography and Environmental Management, for her video: Local attitudes towards snow leopards in western Nepal

Third place - $250 prize:

Chuan Tian (Ben) Zhang, MASc student from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, for his video: Sensor malfunction detection

Kiran Dhuga
Amy Tai

Fourth place - $250 prize:

Kiran Dhuga, MSc student in the School of Public Health Sciences, for her video: Parental depressive symptoms and physical-mental multimorbidity in children

Social Impact - $250 prize:

Chi-en (Amy) Tai, MASc student from the department of Systems Design Engineering, for her video: Improved treatment of breast cancer 


All of this year’s GRADflix videos can now be viewed online!