Are you ready for a new challenge that will help you build your communications skills, use your creativity, AND tell the world about your research?
Join McMaster’s inaugural GradFlix – a video competition where graduate students have one minute to share their research story for a chance to win prizes and be featured in McMaster’s GradFlix showcase.
You create a video, moving slide show, or animation of no longer than 60 seconds (1 minute) in length that describes your research. Your video must include:
Make sure to review all the rules before you make your video. This is a great chance to be creative!
If you are a McMaster grad student who is registered in a master’s (thesis or MRP) or PhD program at the time of the competition, or if you’ve defended but not yet convoked, you can participate in GradFlix!
Your video must focus on research you have conducted for a thesis, MRP or dissertation in your current McMaster University graduate program.
An adjudication panel will judge based on a criteria breakdown:
For more detailed information about each of these, you should review the Judging Criteria.
Well, the good news is the world of video making is far more accessible than you may think! Most of us have tools of the trade readily available or can access tools online:
McMaster has a wonderful resource through the Library – the Lyons New Media Centre. Although the Library is closed, you can still access Lyons resources virtually.
As well, virtual workshops will be happening, starting on February 11. Visit the GradFlix page and check out the calendar items on the right hand side – or scroll to the bottom if you are using a mobile device.
As well, we have curated a LinkedIn Learning list that you can access. Modules feature tips and tricks to help you create a polished video. LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) is free to all McMaster students – you don’t need a LinkedIn Learning profile to access. For more information about accessing LinkedIn Learning, visit UTS.
You will find direct links to past GradFlix finalists from the University of Waterloo, as well as examples from the SSHRC Storytellers video competition, on our Gradflix competition page.
No, you don’t need a completed video when you register. But if you want to join the fun, you must register no later than March 3 at 9 a.m. Your video must be uploaded no later than 9 a.m. on March 15.
Come to our GradFlix Information and Technical Session on February 11.