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engAGE Student Research Competition

The engAGE Student Research Competition is a university-wide research competition for undergraduate and graduate students undertaking research on aging at Concordia University. 

The engAGE Student Research Competition showcases and celebrates excellence in student research on aging across the disciplines at Concordia University. Participants will present their research and/or research-creation projects to a panel of non-specialist judges, who will pose questions, adjudicate, and evaluate their research presentation. Prizes will be awarded on the basis of the judges’ final decision.   

How do I enter?

Application and important dates

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student at Concordia University who wishes to participate, please email:


  • First place: $500
  • Second place: $300
  • Third place: $200

Student eligibility requirements

  • All applicants must be students registered at Concordia University and in good academic standing. This includes full-time or part-time students. Students may be Bachlor's, Master's, or Doctoral students.
  • Students must be current members of engAGE. Please apply for membership here.


  • Students will have up to three minutes or up to 300 words to present their research via text, infographic, audio, video, one Powerpoint slide, or by spoken word presentation.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when the presenter has started speech.
  • Competitors must agree to have their presentation video-recorded and to allow those recordings to be posted and made public on the engAGE YouTube channel.

Composition of judges and core considerations for the evaluation of presentations

The panel will be composed of three to five judges, including faculty researchers from engAGE and an older person from the community.

Core considerations in the evaluation and adjudication of the presentations:

  • Clearly provided a background of the research being addressed and its significance;
  • Clearly described and made accessible the research question and results and/or outcomes;
  • Used non-specialized language, avoided the use of jargon, defined terms, and explained terminology for a diverse and interdisciplinary audience;
  • Presentation was compelling and clearly presented the research in an easy-to-follow sequence;
  • Powerpoint slide, video, infographic, etc., was legible and clear, and enhanced the presentation;
  • Enthusiastically presented and captured the audience’s attention.
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