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The CCEC 2021 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 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, 2021). Participants must submit their application by the deadline of October 1, 2021 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. Participants are asked to submit through the student competition portal.

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 1, 2021

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. Participants are asked to submit through the student competition portal.

Talk Format

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

Judging

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

Questions can be directed at student@cheminst.ca and abstracts can be submitted when students register for the conference on the registration portal.

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 1, 2021

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. Participants are asked to submit through the student competition portal.

Talk Format

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

Judging

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

Questions can be directed at student@cheminst.ca and abstracts can be submitted when students register for the conference on the registration portal.

zeton

The Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering offers the Zeton Plant Design Competition for students enrolled in undergraduate chemical engineering programs at Canadian universities. Teams of undergraduate students present a plant design project, usually based on a project carried out in final year, but not restricted to this.

Deadline

July 31 every year

Sponsor

Zeton Inc.

Award

  • The winning team will receive a cash award of $1,000.
  • The second-place team will receive a cash award of $500.
  • Each member of the top three teams will receive a certificate.

Eligibility

  • Individuals and groups of undergraduate students must be 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.

Note

There is no limit on the size of the team.

Judging

The competition is judged entirely at the Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference in the following two stages:

  • The first stage is a poster competition during the conference’s Welcome Reception on Sunday, where all teams set up and present their posters as per Instructions for Presenters on the conference site. Typically, judges spend 10-15 minutes with each team to ask questions. The top three teams are announced on the same night.
  • The second stage is an oral competition on Monday, where each of the top three teams from the poster competition is asked to give a 30-minute oral presentation (including answers to questions) about their project to a panel of judges.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must be student members of the CSChE.
  • The application must be submitted in electronic format to awards@cheminst.ca, and must include the following:
  • A letter from the head of the department indicating that the information is not confidential
  • A list of students who performed the work along with their permanent addresses, and email addresses
  • An executive summary of the project including a simplified flow sheet of the process
  • A copy of the final report submitted to the university at the end of the project
  • Names of any collaborating organization/engineers who assisted the students
  • List of arguments (maximum two pages) from the submitting Professor/Department stating the reasons the project
  • is above level of expectations in terms of quality and/or complexity, and
  • contains elements of creativity or novelty
  • Statement of the initial information provided to the students (maximum two pages) from the submitting Professor/Department
  • Statement about the plant design project (maximum two pages) from the submitting Professor/Department indicating if the designed plant is
  • an improvement/expansion of an existing plant?
  • a new plant, and whether or not similar or identical plant exists?
  • Required knowledge and/or work exceeding the expected level of undergraduate chemical engineering students.