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Research Minutes Video Competition

Are you a grad student with a cool story to tell about your research? Have you considered making a video about it?


Film is incredibly democratic and accessible, it’s probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, not just re-decorate it.
- Banksy

Graduate students are invited to participate in the Research Minutes Video Competition -- a contest where you make a one minute video about your research. You can submit your video as a solo entry or as a group entry. Undergraduate students and postdocs can also be team members as long as the number of graduate students on the team outnumbers the non-graduate students.
The best video from EACH Faculty, as chosen by a judging panel that will include the Associate Deans of Research, will win a $500 prize. Note: this prize will be split among the group for a team entry.

The Details:

We want to share our research with the McMaster community and the public at large in the most visually appealing and accessible way.  The best videos will be shown at the graduate recognition awards ceremony in September and will be posted on McMaster’s media pages and YouTube.

The winning videos from EACH Faculty will receive a $500 prize. Contest closes at midnight on July 31. 

You don't have to be a videographer to submit a video to this competition -- you just need passion about the research that you do and want to tell your story in one magic minute. We're offering everyone the chance to participate in a one-day FREE videomaking workshop JULY 14 that will be held in the Lyons New Media Centre. 


The Lyons New Media Centre on the 4th floor of Mills Library has a ton of resources to help you out. They have camera and audio equipment that can be used in-house or rented out. They have editing studios, a green screen room, a whole host of video making & editing software in addition to tutorials and media consultants - all freely available for McMaster student usage!

We also have a quick pdf on videomaking101 that can be found here:

The Workshop

While you can use our  Videomaking 101 document as a guide, we recommend that you attend the free videomaking workshop in early July (date/time tbc)as well where you will be guided through the entire videomaking process from storyboarding to capturing footage to editing. It's FREE, but registration on Eventbrite is


All entries must be received by the contest closing date: Sunday July 31, 2016 at MIDNIGHT. All video must be submitted using the entry form (only one entry per person/team is allowed).

Who is eligible?

All current McMaster graduate students who will still be considered Full Time between September-December 2016. Note: undergraduate students and postdocs can also be team members as long as the number of graduate students on the team outnumbers the non-graduate students.


All questions regarding this competition can be address to

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