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GRAD Contests

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.

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? 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

Atheer Abu Zaid, Computer Science MSc

Atheer Abu Zaid, Computer Science MSc

Niko Casuncad, Urban Development MPI

Niko Casuncad, Urban Development MPI

Peter Totten, Documentary Media MFA

Peter Totten, Documentary Media MFA

My Grad Story: Honourable Mentions

Masooma Ali, Urban Development MPI

Michael Mercer, Molecular Science MSc

Michael Mercer, Molecular Science MSc

Melanie Zuzarte, Child and Youth Care MA

Melanie Zuzarte, Child and Youth Care MA

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

"Never forget: 

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.

Embrace that."

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?":

  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

Winners

Honourable Mentions

what I learned from the water

a river carves first its own space
then
        carries

                carries

                         carries           along
for ages after

Terence Abrahams
Literatures of Modernity MA

segm-
enting
pics
for med-
ical diagnosis
it’s only glim-
pses of
this future
prognosis

Nabila Abraham
Electrical and Computer Engineering MASc


studying
in the centre of the
city
i learn
how to keep its heartbeat
steady

Danielle Lenarcic Biss
Urban Development MPl

Lines that divide seem immutable.

Grasping them
I shake. 

Shattering,
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

Winners

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