Video competition aims to get all eyes on grad student research

EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the in-person red carpet event on Wednesday, Feb. 15 has been cancelled. The People’s Choice Award vote and winner announcement will be released on the GRADflix web page.

Lights, camera, research!

An upcoming competition aims to give Brock graduate students the red-carpet treatment as they showcase their research through video.

Hosted by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, GRADflix is calling on current and recent graduate students to submit creative, short videos of their work for a chance to win cash prizes.

“We’re excited to shine a spotlight on our graduate students’ research and creativity with the return of GRADflix for a second year,” said Lauryn Carrick, Manager, Graduate Education Engagement. “Last year, we saw amazing results from our students, and we can’t wait to see what this year’s competitors come up with.”

To help participants prepare for the competition, which calls for video submissions of 60 seconds or less, Grad Studies will host a series of workshops  beginning Thursday, Nov. 24.

The series will help students learn and sharpen digital media skills for the competition, and for their own personal and professional development. Sessions will be run by Brock experts with a focus on creating engaging videos and research storytelling.

GRADflix 101 will kick off the series Thursday, Nov. 24 at 1 p.m. The online session will cover details about the competition and answer questions participants may have.

The next session, Using the Media to Amplify your Research Story, takes place Thursday, Dec. 1, followed by the final workshop, Filmmaking in the Lab: Creating Engaging Videos from Start to Finish, on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m.

Registration for all workshops is available through ExperienceBU.

Registration for the GRADflix competition is now open. Videos must be submitted by Tuesday, Jan. 31 through the event web page. A red-carpet event will be held Feb. 15 to showcase the video submissions.

Videos will be judged based on students’ ability to communicate and conceptualize their research, creativity and visual impact along with technical quality.

Four cash prizes are available ranging from $300 to $1,000. They include first-, second- and third-place winners, along with a People’s Choice Award, which will see attendees vote for their favourite video.

The GRADflix concept was originally developed by the University of Waterloo, where it found great success in celebrating and showcasing graduate students’ research.

For more information, visit the GRADFlix web page.

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