Research council seeks student storytellers

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council is challenging post-secondary students to show Canadians how social sciences and humanities research is affecting our lives, our world and our future prosperity.

The council is looking for storytellers and data journalists, social media masters and aspiring filmmakers for its communications challenge Research for a Better Life: The Storytellers.

Canadian post-secondary students can submit a creative story pitch about SSHRC-funded research — their own or a professor’s — at their institution, how it is making an impact in our everyday lives, and why it matters.

Podcasts, op-eds, vlogs or infographics are welcome but audio and visual entries must be no longer than three minutes.

Up to 25 first-round winners will receive a cash prize of $3,000 and an invitation to participate in a specialized research communications workshop at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Victoria in June.

Five final winners will have the chance to deliver a featured presentation at the World Social Science Forum in Montreal, in October.

Submissions will be accepted from Feb. 16 to March 1. Visit the SSHRC online for more details.

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