Research Week 2021 – Research Communication Competition

Research Week 2021 – Research Communication Competition

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies invites all members of the Bishop’s Community to participate in Research Week 2021, from March 22 to March 25, 2021. This year, the Poster Competition will be replaced with the Research Communication Competition, a competition inspired by “3-Minute Thesis”, a global competition founded by the University of Queensland. Geared to cultivate academic, presentation and research communication skills, the Bishop’s Research Communication Competition is open to BU undergraduate and graduate students.

Although we welcome presentations from our collaborators during Research Week, to be eligible to participate in the competition the candidate must be a Bishop’s University undergraduate or graduate student in any field or discipline and must present a research project they made an active and significant contribution in.


One prize ($250) will be awarded in each of three categories (Undergraduate Students – Natural Sciences; Undergraduate Students – Social Sciences and Education; Graduate Students), as determined by a jury.

During Research Week, the BU Community will be invited to vote for the People’s Choice Award ($150).

Participants will be eligible to win both a Jury’s Prize and the People’s Choice Award.

Contest Rules

  • One entry per participant;
  • Participants will video-record their submission;
  • The video must be continuous (no sound edits or breaks);
  • Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum. Exceeding three minutes will cause a participant to be disqualified. The timer begins when a participant starts their presentation through either speech or movement;
  • Submission must only include the participant speaking and one static slide (optional);
  • The static slide (no animation) does not have to be visible continuously during the recording;
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound, video files), no props (e.g. costume, laboratory equipment, musical instrument), only spoken words (e.g. no poems, raps or songs);
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Evaluation Criteria – Jury’s Prizes

Videos submitted in this competition will be evaluated by a multidisciplinary committee. Members of the jury will evaluate submissions based on the following criteria:

  • Presentation Skills (e.g. clear voice, rhythm, fluidity, presence, passion, attention from audience)
  • Scientific Communication Skills (e.g. use of lay language, metaphors and analogies, avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology)
  • Structure and Content (e.g. clear and logical sequence, provide background and significance, describe impact and results, adequate balance of time spent on each section)

Please note that submissions will not be based on the quality of the recording, nor on the quality of the editing. Judges will only focus on the ability to communicate research to a non-specialist audience.

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies acknowledges and is sensitive of each person’s individual differences, and seeks to ensure a transparent and equitable environment for all of our Bishop’s community. If you have any concerns about your ability to participate in this competition, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Timeline for Competition

A workshop will be offered to participants on February 24, 2021 at 12:30. The link to join the meeting can be found on myBU – Research Office – Competitions – Research Communication Competition – Guidelines Research Communication Competition.

Participants must register to the competition using this form (NOW CLOSED) before March 5, 2021, 4:00 p.m.

Videos must be submitted, via OneDrive, to the Research Officer ( no later than March 12, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. For more information on video recording and sharing, please consult this document.


Contact Raphaelle Mercier Gauthier, Research Officer, at