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OCRC Five-Minute Graduate Student Competition

Students are invited to participate and share their passion for research by taking part in the OCRC Five-Minute Graduate Student Competition.

This competition is intended for graduate (doctoral and research masters) students from all engineering disciplines with research related to the conference themes. This competition is a unique opportunity for graduate students to showcase their innovative and significant research to a wider audience, across disciplines, and to the broader public. It is open to the public and will be advertised within the community.

Students have five minutes to present their thesis topic to the audiences. The objective is to convey your passion for your research while informing people in an accurate, creative way. The top three winners will receive monetary prizes, and winners will be determined by a jury made up of two faculty members and two industry professionals. The prizes are:

  • 1st prize: $500
  • 2nd prize: $250
  • 3rd prize: $150

The competition will be held on August 23 at 1 p.m., in a hybrid mode (virtual and in-person). All technical information will follow later.


Students must be registered in a graduate program at the time of the competition and must have made some progress on their research and analysis. All graduate students doing a major research study are encouraged to participate.

Masters and PhD students who have defended, but have not yet convocated, are eligible to participate. The presentations must represent the primary research the student conducted in their graduate program. Competitors can present in person and online and agree to be video-recorded and photographed. They must also allow those video-recordings and photographs to be made public.


  • A single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations, or “movement” of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration and remain in view for the duration of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g., sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g,. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to five minutes maximum and competitors exceeding five minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken in standard oratory prose (i.e., no poems, raps or songs, other than those that may be the target of research).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage or at the podium.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

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