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Participate in uOGRADflix

Competitions are empowering and help you develop your ability to effectively communicate to diverse audiences. And they’re really a lot of fun.

Share the impact of your research

What is uOGRADflix?

uOGRADflix is a video competition where uOttawa and Saint Paul University graduate students present their research through an original 60-second video. The competition aims to help graduate students promote their research and develop the ability to communicate effectively, showing originality and talent!

What you gain from participating:

  • Challenge yourself: Stepping outside of your comfort zone can be difficult but it is a great opportunity to learn and grow.
  • Enhance your communication skills: You will develop the ability to effectively communicate with non-specialist audiences, enabling you to convey complex ideas using the concise "elevator pitch" method.
  • Distinguish yourself and promote your research: A video is an effective and shareable promotional tool that sets you apart from others and showcases your research to a wider audience.
  • Expand your network: By adding the video to your LinkedIn profile or resume, you can connect with professionals in your field and expand your network, opening doors to new opportunities.
  • Engage with peers and experts: Participate in the live showcase event and network with fellow students, judges, and faculty members, fostering valuable connections and collaboration.
  • Win cash Prizes: In addition of having fun, you'll have the chance to win cash prizes.

How the competition works:

Level 1: Finalists are announced (October)  

Finalists selected by a panel of judges will participate in level 2 Live showcase.

Level 2: Live showcase (October) 

Winners are selected by a panel of judges and the public votes for the People’s Choice Award. Monetary prizes will be awarded and winners have the opportunity to become a research ambassador for the University of Ottawa.

uOGRADflix is a way for the University of Ottawa to proudly recognizes the amazing research done by its graduate students. The GRADflix concept was developed by the University of Waterloo in 2018. The University of Ottawa is thankful to have obtained the permission to reproduce the concept and use the content of the University of Waterloo.

It’s easy!

  1. Familiarize yourself with the eligibility and rules.
  2. Watch our information session:
    English session

    French session
  3. Complete and submit the online uOGRADflix Participant Registration Form by September 22, 2023, agreeing to the terms and conditions. You need to include:
    • a good quality portrait or headshot photo.
  4. Attend one of the drop-in sessions (optional). Staff will be on hand to provide feedback and to answer questions about video best practices. You can reserve your session via bookings.
  5. Send the required material via wetransfer.com, using this email [email protected], by October 2, 2023, at 12 p. m.
    • Required material:
      • video (saved as an MP4;720 p or higher). The title of the file should be uOGRADflix_name. For example: uOGRADflix_christyneauger.
      • closed captions for the video (Word format or other).
  6. Attend the virtual showcase.

If you have any questions about submission requirements, please send us an email at [email protected].

Important dates

The dates for the 2023 uOGRADflix competition are:

June 1, 2023

Watch the uOGRADflix information session recording: 
French session
English session

June 23, 2023

uOGRADflix registration opens

Wednesdays and Fridays during the month of September

uOGRADflix drop-in feedback sessions (French and English)

September 22, 2023

Deadline to register to participate in uOGRADflix

October 2, 2023, at 12 p.m.

uOGRADflix video submission deadline with closed caption

October 31, 2023, at 1:30 p.m.

uOGRADflix Competition Live Showcase event

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Register to participate in uOGRADflix

To participate to the uOGRADflix competition, fill in the form before September 22 and send your video by noon on October 2.
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