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GRAD Contests

The 2019-20 GRAD Contests are now closed. Join us for the winners announcement at the Awards Reception on Feb. 6, 2020!

Contest 1: My Grad Story

How is your graduate education transforming you?

Show us your journey as a Ryerson grad student! Submit 3 images/video clips (with optional text) illustrating your past, present and future, and how graduate education is transforming you. Select entries will be featured as a Facebook story on the Graduate Studies, external link page!


  • Top 3: $1,500 each
  • Honourable mentions: $500 each (up to 3 at judges’ discretion)

Contest 2: My Motto

What does graduate education mean to you? How do you plan to use your knowledge and skills to create change in the world?

Write your personal grad student motto in 140 characters or less. Select entries will be tweeted by the new @RyersonGraduate, external link Twitter account!


  • Top 3: $400 each
  • Honourable mentions: $100 each (up to 3 at judges’ discretion)

Entry instructions

  1. Like/follow us on Facebook, external link/Twitter, external link.
  2. Submit entries via the Google forms by 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019.

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.

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?":

  1. Write a Micropoem (A pocket book of all the entries is now available in the Ryerson Library)
  2. 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


Honourable Mentions

what I learned from the water

a river carves first its own space


                         carries           along
for ages after

Terence Abrahams
Literatures of Modernity MA

for med-
ical diagnosis
it’s only glim-
pses of
this future

Nabila Abraham
Electrical and Computer Engineering MASc

in the centre of the
i learn
how to keep its heartbeat

Danielle Lenarcic Biss
Urban Development MPl

Lines that divide seem immutable.

Grasping them
I shake. 

fragments reform

bonds are born.

Alexandra Pospisil
Literatures of Modernity MA

From inchoate to magisterial,
the sieve of knowledge never fills.
So with humility I grow

Nick Papalabropoulos
International Economics and Finance MA

Unleash your mind.
The world needs more
colour in its raindrops
and strange snowflake designs.

Kelsey Shaw
Nursing MN

Contest 2: Design the Grad Studies T-shirt


Seyed-Youns Sadat-Nejad (*)
Electrical and Computer Engineering MASc

Ryan Fernandes (*)
Master of Architecture MArch

Rafael Vasquez
Civil Engineering MASc

Honourable Mention

Jan Wozniak
Philosophy MA