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2017-18 GRAD Contests

The contests are now closed. Thank you and congratulations to the winners!


1. How will you create change in your world?

Ryerson University Graduate Studies and Office of Social Innovation

The Yeates School of Graduate Studies, in partnership with the Offices of Community Engagement and Social Innovation, wants to know how you plan to create change in your world! Show us in a concise slide presentation (max. 30 seconds, in one of the following video formats: .AVI, .MOV, .MP4, .WMV, .3GP) and a brief written description (max. 150 words) of how you would create change at a local, national or global level.

Tell us:

a) the issue you’re passionate about;

b) your vision for change;

c) what resources you would need; and

d) how you plan to make an impact in your world!

Slide presentations will be judged primarily on content vs. audiovisual production quality. Submissions may be from individuals or teams of up to five graduate students.


  • Top 3: $1,500 each + mentoring and coaching to help you realize your vision

  • Honourable mentions: $500 each (up to 3 at judges’ discretion)

  • All entrants will receive a Changemaker information package with resources and networking tips from the Offices of Community Engagement and Social Innovation

2. ME + 3: How is your graduate education transforming you

Show us by snapping a selfie and adding 3 words to the image. Submissions must be in JPEG format (4 MB or larger) and feature exactly 3 words integrated in any way you wish in the image. In addition, entrants must submit a brief description (max. 50 words) explaining their photo and choice of words.

Sample entry:

Dr. Samantha Wehbi: Interdisciplinary, Inroads, Initiated

"My graduate education as a Documentary Media MFA student allowed me to bridge my background as a social work scholar and practitioner, and my passion for photography. Working with professors and peers, I was able to develop new understandings of my work that have translated into new research and practice avenues."

- Dr. Samantha Wehbi, Associate Dean, Student Affairs, Yeates School of Graduate Studies


  • Top 3: $400 each

  • Honourable mentions: $100 each (up to three at judges’ discretion)


Waiver, indemnity and release

By entering these contests, entrants declare that they are the sole creator of their work and acknowledge that Ryerson University owns all rights to the words, images and recordings. Contest entrants grant permission to Ryerson University and its representatives the right to reproduce, use, exhibit, display, broadcast and distribute their words, images and recordings in any media now known or later developed for promoting, publicizing or explaining Ryerson University and its activities and for administrative, educational or research purposes.

Contest entrants agree to release, defend, indemnify and hold harmless Ryerson University, its Board of Governors, officers, employees or agents from and against any claims, damages or liability arising from or related to the use of the words, images, recordings or materials, including but not limited to claims of defamation, invasion of privacy, or rights of publicity or copyright infringement, or any misuse, distortion, blurring, alteration, optical illusion or use in composite form that may occur or be produced in taking, processing, reduction or production of the finished product, its publication or distribution.