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The CCEC 2019 organizing committee is proud to announce the 3-Minute Pitch Competition session, based on a research pitch.

The competition follows the spirit of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT)® competition that originated at the University of Queensland. This session is an opportunity for graduate students to showcase the innovation and impact of their research, as well as their innovative chemical engineering business ideas, to a wider audience of the chemical engineering community. It is open to all graduate students.

Participants have 3 minutes or less to present their research pitch to a panel of non-specialist judges. The challenge is to present complex technical information in an engaging, accessible, and compelling way.

Eligibility

The participant should be an undergraduate, master’s or PhD student (who is officially enrolled as a student as of July 1, 2020). Participants must submit their application by the deadline of October 9, 2020 in order to secure their participation in the 3-Minute Pitch Competition.

Competition Procedure

Abstracts should be written in layperson terms. The research pitch abstract should address the problem that the research project aims to solve, the participant’s contributions, and the significance of these contributions. Shortlisted candidates will be notified to participate in the 3-Minute Pitch Competition after the abstract submission deadline.

Rules for the Competition

  • Participants will present to the judging panel in an open forum.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum.
  • Competitors exceeding 3 minutes will be cut off and judged on their presentations up to the 3-minute mark.
  • The timer starts when the presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  • Only one static PowerPoint slide is permitted per presentation. The slide should be in widescreen (16:9) format.
  • The competition will be in English.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g., sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g., costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • The decision of the judging panel is final.

Submissions

Submit an abstract including the title, presenter name(s), university, and a summary (100 to 200 words) of your talk to awards@cheminst.ca.

Awards

1st place: $300

2nd place: $200

3rd place: $100

Judging Criteria

Research Pitch

Participants in the 3-Minute Pitch Competition will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Aim and description of the research: Clear explanation of hypothesis, objectives, and the specific research questions being tackled; methods used to answer the research questions; result (if available).
  2. Novelty and impact: Originality of research, its relevance, and potential impact.
  3. Presentation: Communication skills, effective use of visuals, accessibility of presentation, and audience engagement.

The judging panel for the 3-Minute Pitch Competition will be composed of individuals from academia, industry, and science communication.

Sponsored by the Robert G. Auld Fund

This competition allows students to speak on any aspect of chemical engineering. This can include work experience as well as a design or research project. This presentation if of a technical nature.

Eligibility

This competition is open to undergraduate students currently enrolled in a chemical engineering program.

Deadline

October 9, 2020

Award

1st prize: $300 and a certificate

2nd prize: $200 and a certificate

3rd prize: $150 and a certificate

Abstract Submission

Submit an abstract including the title, presenter name(s), university, and a summary (100 to 200 words) of your talk.

Talk Format

The oral presentations will be 10 minutes in length (depending on the number of participants) including a 2-3 minute question period.

Judging

There will be a panel of 3 judges representing industry, government, and/or academia.

Questions and abstracts should be sent to: awards@cheminst.ca

Sponsored by the Chemistry Education Division of the Chemical Institute of Canada

This competition is intended to encourage students to present papers of general interest concerning the following: critical evaluation of their educational experiences, innovative learning/teaching strategies and materials, and other topics that address chemistry or chemical engineering education. This is a non-technical presentation.

Eligibility

This competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in a chemical engineering program.

Deadline

October 9, 2020

Award

1st prize: $350 and a certificate

2nd prize: $150 and a certificate

Abstract Submission

Abstract should include the title, presenter name(s), university, and a summary (100 to 200 words) for your talk.

Talk Format

The oral presentations will be 10-15 minutes in length (depending on the number of participants) including a 2-3 minute question period.

Judging

There will be a panel of 3 judges representing industry, government, and academia.

Questions and abstracts should be sent to awards@cheminst.ca

The Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering offers the CSChE Plant Design Competition for students enrolled in undergraduate chemical engineering programs at Canadian universities.

Eligibility

Individuals and groups of undergraduate students registered in chemical engineering programs in Canadian universities during the academic year. As most design projects are carried out in the final year courses, recent graduates are also eligible to apply. To minimize the number of projects to be judged, each chemical engineering program may only submit one entry. No limit on the size of the team.

Deadline

July 31, 2020

Awards

Individual Prizes: Each team member of the first-place team will receive a certificate as well as a one year CSChE undergraduate membership. (For those who are recent graduates, the prize will provide an undergraduate member discount towards your upgraded membership). Second and third place team members will receive certificates.

Team Prize: The top three teams will receive certificates.

Judging

The competition will be judged entirely at the CSChE conference, in two stages. The first stage will be a poster competition during the first day of Student/Young Professional programming, where every team sets up and presents their poster. The second stage is an oral competition on Monday, where the top three teams from the poster competition are asked to give a 30-minute talk (including questions) about their project to a panel of judges.

Design Topic

Please provide your project in electronic format to the CSChE Awards Manager. Entries for the competition should contain the following:

  • A list of students who performed the work, with their permanent addresses and e-mail addresses
  • An executive summary of the project, including a simplified flow sheet of the process
  • The name of the collaborating organization and the engineers who assisted the students and
  • The submitting Professor/Department must provide a 1-2 page(s) “List of Arguments” stating the reasons the project
    • Is above level of expectations in terms of quality and/or complexity
    • Contain elements of creativity or novelty and
  • Required knowledge and/or work exceeding the expected level of undergraduate chemical engineering students.
  • Statements should be precisely formulated as “bullets”; generalities should be avoided.
  • The ratio between process information/data given to the students by Professors and Industrial advisors versus the data and information the students had to find themselves is different for each submission. Therefore, to assist in fairly judging the competition, each submitting Professor/Department must provide a summary statement of the initial information provided to the students as well as information regarding the subject plant such as:
    • Is it an improvement/expansion of an existing plant?
    • Is it a new plant and similar or identical plant exists?
    • Is it a new plant and similar or identical plants do not exist?

Confidentiality

Entries should be accompanied by a letter from the head of the department of chemical engineering, indicating that the information is not confidential.

Submit to awards@cheminst.ca

Questions? Contact the Awards Manager at 613-232-6252 ext. 224 or awards@cheminst.ca