Step 1: Registration
The first step is to register your team consisting of 2-4 participants from the same school.
Step 2: Written round
The first round involes drafting a research proposal and submitting it for judging. The top 10% of the written proposals from each campus will be invited to the poster round.
Step 3: Poster round
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For more information about the competition, or to register, please visit the provincial website at by clicking the link below.
Finalists will be invited to travel to Ottawa, Ontario and compete at uOttawa against finalists from other universities across the province.

Past cases

2016-2017: Zika Virus

The case presented a olympian BMX rider Antoine and his wife Amélie visiting Rio for the summer Olympics. While in Rio, Amélie undergoes tests, only to reveal that she has been infected with Zika, and that it will affect her pregnancy. Amélie corresponds with her Doctor, who explains the condition and that unfortunately treatments and diagnostic tools are unadequate and still require further research. If only there were more treatment options or better diagnositc tools to prevent situations like this...

2015-2016: Agriculture and food security

The case illustrated the contrast we see between the above picture (taken from a farm in Alberta, Canada) and the one observed  below (a farm in Zimbabwe). In the Alberta farm, we are faced with food overproduction, most of the time leading to waste. In Zimbabwe, the crops are harder to grow every year because of the dry climate and a large percentage of the population lives in food insecurity.

2014-2015: Epilepsy

The case presented a mother explaining her sons' struggle with epilespy. His epilespy triggered frequent grand-mal seizures, that include violent muscle contractions and loss of consciousness, muscle and treatment options were limited. The boys' epilepsy was drug resistant, meaning conventional drugs did not serve as a treatment option. The doctor can only offer experimental treatments such as brain surgery or electro-shock treatments, but given that they are evasive and sometimes unreliable, the mother is on the search for more treatment options....

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uOttawa Finalists
The top 10% of proposals will be finalists and compete in the second round of the competition. As a finalist, each team will receive a certificate from the Faculty of Science and will compete at the final round at uOttawa.

Every year there are mutiple prizes to be won. This includes Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists, as well as special awards in different specialties such as physics, chemistry, biology, etc. (special awards are subject to change each year).

Prizes to be won
Finalists invited to the presentation round benefit from not only competing, but attend various activities throughout the second round weekend. This includes guest speakers, social events as well as a great networking opportunity to meet potential colleagues, employers and large players in the field of research.
An enriching experience