The Yeates School of Graduate Studies (YSGS) holds annual contests to showcase the creativity, talent and experiences of Ryerson graduate students beyond their scholarly activities.
During this time of transition and reflection, what’s the next chapter in your graduate journey?
Share your vision for a chance to win cash prizes totalling $6,000!
Fall Contest: Grad Postcard
Show us your future as a graduate student! Share a snapshot of your next chapter, through either a:
- Postcard image - original photographs and/or illustrations
- Postcard text - descriptive prose (100 words max.) or poetry (10 lines max.)
Prizes are awarded at the judges’ discretion:
- Up to 6 winners: $750 each
- Up to 6 honourable mentions: $250 each
Students may only submit once to either category (image or text). Submit entries by 11:59 p.m. EST on Nov. 23, 2021.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The contest is now closed. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in winter 2022.
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, illustrations 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, illustrations 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.
On April 28, 2021, the Yeates School of Graduate Studies revealed the winners and honourable mentions of the 2020-21 GRAD Contests at a special virtual awards ceremony, external link. This year, a contest was held each semester and invited graduate students across disciplines to creatively share their experiences, insights and advice amidst the pandemic.
In all, 161 graduate students participated in the fall and winter grad contests, and many submitted entries to both. In total, YSGS received 183 submissions.
My Grad Moment
What’s your most memorable moment as a graduate student? Graduate students were asked to capture a quintessential experience of achievement, discovery, growth, inspiration, etc. in one of the following ways:
My Grad Message
What’s one piece of advice you would give to incoming or fellow graduate students? Graduate students were asked to share an inspirational message in the form of a engaging social media graphic.
And the winners are…
My Grad Moment
“My Grad Moment” video category honourable mention: Tasala Tahir, Professional Communication MPC
Special jury prize
"Where The Fall Leaves Go"
I remember pathways filled with laughter and light,
The smell of sweet and comforting aromas,
Anxiety and excitement mingle in my body like two old friends catching up,
As I walk past the changing autumn hue I take notice,
Their patterns, their colours, facing the challenges of a changing season,
They do not yield or crumble instantly and remain steadfast with a beautiful reverence,
They teach me that I do not need to crumble at a new beginning,
That I can remain tall, proud, and take on the brisk wind of change,
That I too, can go where the fall leaves go
Ammaar Kidwai, Psychology PhD
Time flies and flies as the virus spreads
face-to-face now face-to-screen
RyeU looks a lot like my room
we attend, they teach
that is all it supposed to be
yet something wrong with the whole thing
humans need humans to see
smile, talk, hug and feel
let us not forget
after the pandemic
how we used to be
Mohammad Maldar, Civil Engineering PhD
Crisp coffee beans brewing in a pot and sunshine peeking through cream curtains. The alarm reads 7:30 a.m. and your cat, curled into a bun, perks his ears at the chirps of the birds waking. The world is still as you swirl out of bed, into the washroom, the kitchen, and finally your desk with the illuminated blue keys and coffee mug placed smoothly beside you.
Online the lecture is lively. Twenty-five different faces, all smiling, laughing, and listening to the discussions of others. The limbo of waiting for a pandemic to end, is all but forgotten, among a little constellation of boxes. And you are grateful, for your friends, for your professors, for yourself. In turmoil, 25 different faces, with 25 different ideas, can connect like the milky way, carving a path in the vast, empty sky. The busyness of the past, now halted, to a new appreciation of the smoothness of homemade coffee and the warmness of the cat on your lap, curled in contentment. A grad student in a moment of grand connection, in a space where little moments have room.
Honourable mention: Mane Kara-Yakoubian, Psychology MA
When I take a second to look at the world around me, I am met with unwavering determination. Here I am, a twenty-three-year-old woman, completing a master’s degree, taught by another phenomenal women. I know the phrase, “the world is your oyster” but I only ever understood its true meaning right now. The most memorable moment as a graduate student is being a part of ground-breaking studies by professors who thrive on the success of their students. These opportunities have instilled a resolution within me, that yearns to spread my developing knowledge with those around me. As a graduate student, I have had the utmost of fortune to be surrounded by those who thrive on learning, creativity and moving the world forward. Graduate studies have opened up a new world of academia that has provided me with the opportunity to have my interests become innovative research. Brilliant minds encircle and urge me to continue learning and educating others, so we can all lift each other up and observe as society grows and shifts before us because of the work we are doing.
My Grad Message
“Dear first year me:
“Don’t be afraid to take risks. Sure, the expectations of being a graduate student can seem intimidating at first, but the truth? You are going to be greeted by a community of people who will support you and your academic journey with open arms. So, make the most of it! Join a club, network with professors and scholars in your field, and connect with your graduate cohort. You’ll soon realize that the relationships you make here will last you a lifetime.
“Seize every opportunity, but don’t forget to enjoy the small moments, too. Before you know it, you’re off into the big city!”
Special jury prize
“Be well, so you can do well
“During grad school, you have to keep caring for yourself in order to keep succeeding. Just like your house plant!
“Feed & water it. You still need food, water and rest, even when things get stressful!
“Add some sun. Positivity is a MUST when your workload feels unmanageable.
“Give it time and love. You need those things too to feel your best!
“What you water, grows!”
“I am creating the life of my dreams
“If you are looking for a sign
“This is it. You made the right decision.
“Pursuing a Graduate Studies program at Ryerson University was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
“My one piece of advice to future graduate students is to rest assured that you made the right decision. I spent a lot of time questioning whether or not a Master’s degree was right for me. Ryerson has the facilities to ensure that no matter your goal — whether it be to make an impact in industry or academia — you will be supported in creating the life of your dreams.
“While pursuing a Master’s degree may have moments of difficulties. Rest assured knowing that the outcome is well worth the hard work.”
On Feb. 6, 2020, the Yeates School of Graduate Studies revealed the winners of the 2019-20 GRAD Contests at a special awards reception. More than 120 students from all faculties shared their ideas and creativity by entering the two contests:
My Grad Story
How is your graduate education transforming you? In three images/video clips (with optional text) grad students illustrated their past, present and future, and how graduate education is transforming them.
What does graduate education mean to you? How do you plan to use your knowledge and skills to create change in the world? Grad students were asked to write a concise personal motto on what graduate education means to them.
Guests also participated in a Sticky Note Challenge to win prizes. The winners were…
My Grad Story: Winners
My Grad Story: Honourable Mentions
My Motto: Winners
"Challenge yourself to be in charge! You’re surrounded by smart, passionate problem solvers - dare to lead them to tackle today’s issues."
Charlotte Ferworn, Biomedical Physics PhD
"Graduate education is a pathway to opportunities. Having the opportunity to inspire just one person can change their world. One word, one page, one step at a time."
Justin Rain, Policy Studies PhD
busy days are tangible moments of pursuit."
Kimia Rashidisisan, Literatures of Modernity MA
My Motto: Honourable Mentions
"Everyone learns to live in our world. Graduate studies is learning to expand the world everyone lives in."
Joseph Fida, Chemical Engineering MASc
"We push back against social amnesia and self-serving myths; we exercise our power to question the limits of the past."
Nick Papalabropoulos, International Economics and Finance MA
"Studying alone in a foreign country can be challenging.
But when things are challenging,
it also means change and growth.
Jae Duk Seo, Computer Science MSc
Sticky Note Challenge: Winners
"Graduate studies is hand crafting the key to unlock any door of your choosing."
Joseph Fida, Chemical Engineering MASc
"Making the invisible visible. #marginalizedpop #Nursinggrad"
Tingna Xu, Nursing MN
"Saying cool things like 'I'm building an artificial intelligence-based system'"
Anum Khan, Civil Engineering MASc
The Yeates School of Graduate Studies revealed the winners of the 2018-19 GRAD Contests at a special awards ceremony on Feb. 7, 2019, featuring instapoetry and poetry readings by contest judges Natasha Ramoutar, Andy Lee and Tara Farahani, and feature poet Ivy Reiss, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Artis, external link magazine.
Graduate students from all faculties showcased their talents in two contests that asked, "How is your Ryerson graduate education helping you shape our future world?":
- Write a Micropoem (A pocket book of all the entries is now available in the Ryerson Library)
- Design the Grad Studies T-Shirt (Individuals and teams were invited to design the official YSGS T-shirt. Two of the winning designs are available for purchase in the RU Campus Store. See (*) below)
The winners are ...
Contest 1: Write a Micropoem
what I learned from the water
a river carves first its own space
for ages after
Literatures of Modernity MA
it’s only glim-
Electrical and Computer Engineering MASc
in the centre of the
how to keep its heartbeat
Danielle Lenarcic Biss
Urban Development MPl
Lines that divide seem immutable.
bonds are born.
Literatures of Modernity MA
From inchoate to magisterial,
the sieve of knowledge never fills.
So with humility I grow
International Economics and Finance MA
Unleash your mind.
The world needs more
colour in its raindrops
and strange snowflake designs.