June 20, 2022 at Québec City, Canada

Thank you to all of the participants


Graduate Student Research Competition

TEXPO 2022 Graduate Student Research Competition is an annual competition that offers graduate students across Canada’s National Design Network a unique opportunity to demonstrate their novel applications of microsystems and nanotechnologies to industry and academic representatives while competing for a total of $12,500 in prize money.

This event will coincide with NEWCAS 2022 | 20th IEEE International NEWCAS conference
Québec City, Canada, on June 19 – 22, 2022

Key Info

The primary TEXPO presenter must be a graduate student at a Canadian university at the time of abstract submission. Research supervisors, faculty members and postdoctoral fellows contributing to a project are welcome to participate as secondary presenters in the competition.

Important Information for TEXPO Participants.

  • Schedule:
    • TBD
  • Judging of your Demo:
    • Please review the judging criteria carefully. Information on the awards may be found above. Each award page includes the judging criteria.

      Judging will take place Monday, June 20, starting at 12:30 p.m. 
      You will be provided your exact judging time when you arrive.

    • You will have a total of 15 minutes to present your project to the judges. This includes up to 10 minutes presenting your demo, followed by a 5 minute question and answer period with the judges. There are typically three judges for each competition (ideally two from industry and one from academia).

      Your presentation will be public during the judging process, however only the judges will be able to ask questions. 

  • Presentation of Awards:
    • Winners will be announced at the Awards Reception which will be held immediately after TEXPO (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.) in the Urban Space, Area 300.

TEXPO winners are strongly encouraged to use prize funds to support education or training related to micro-nanosystems R&D. Funds may be applied to the cost of attending a conference or workshop or visiting a lab or other technical facility inside or outside of Canada.

All presentations at TEXPO MUST consist of a working demonstration (or video of) to support your research. Participants without a demonstration will not be considered for the competition or exhibition during TEXPO. 

Posters will be permitted to support your demo however they cannot be the primary focus of the presentation.  They must:

  • Take up no more than 33” x 34” (can be one document or up to six – 11’’ x 17” documents)
  • Anything larger will not be permitted to be displayed.
  • The poster board will be BEHIND your table so ensure that the font size you select is large enough for attendees to read.


  • Set-Up: Monday, June 20th
    8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
  • Tear-Down: Monday, June 20th
    anytime after 5:00 p.m.

Students who are interested in competing are encouraged to submit an abstract by April 29, 2022 

NOTE: Abstracts are a pre-competitive submission and are NOT included in the judging process. They are used to ensure the best fit between the submitted project description, and the most relevant award category. TEXPO applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the competition by May 13, 2022.

Your abstract should adhere to the guidelines described below.


Two pages, in PDF format.


  • A short summary (150 words) in plain language, about the project, including the problem that was being addressed and the significance of your findings. This summary should be understandable to the layperson and may be used in TEXPO communications.
  • A general description of the project’s aims, the work that was done, and its results. Figures and tables are permitted (see below).


Heading text: Times New Roman 14-16 pt font.

Body text:

  • Times New Roman 12 pt font.
  • 1-2 lines of white space must precede the body text.
  • Bulleted and numbered lists are permitted.
  • Figures and tables are permitted and must be preceded and followed by at least one line of white space; numbered; labeled; and referenced in the body text.


Abstract deadline: April 29, 2022
Notification of competition acceptance: May 13, 2022

Questions? Contact Sarah Neville, TEXPO Research Competition Coordinator, sarah.neville@cmc.ca

Travel costs?  We can help!

To help defray the costs of distance travel to TEXPO Research Competition and Exposition, CMC offers a travel subsidy for primary presenters ONLY. The following restrictions apply:


  • You must be a full-time, graduate student of a Canadian University and have an Account with CMC.  If you do not already have a account, please Get an Account.
  • Your supervisor must hold a valid subscription with CMC.  Subscribe now.
  • You must be the primary presenter for a project that is accepted into the TEXPO Research Competition.

  NOTE:  Secondary presenters and other students who are exhibiting and/or competing in TEXPO are not eligible for subsidies.


Subsidies will be available to the primary presenter in the TEXPO Research Competition based on distance from our venue,  Centre des congrès de Québec, as follows:

  • Primary presenters traveling between 50-250 km each way are eligible for subsidy up to $700.00
  • Primary presenters traveling over 250 km each way are eligible for subsidy up to $1000.00
  • CMC will not provide a subsidy for travel within 50 km each way.


Eligible primary presenters taking part in TEXPO will be compensated by CMC for all reasonable and approved expenses associated with travel, accommodations and meals, up to the values noted above.  For an overview of approved expenses and related guidelines, please see “CMC Travel procedures” 


  • For primary presenters who drive their personal vehicles, where it is deemed most economical, CMC will compensate for travel that exceeds 50 km each way, at 55 cents/km to a maximum of 500 kms each way.
  • The TEXPO subsidy applies to individual travel only and cannot be transferred or combined with another subsidy.

 NOTE:  Registration fees for TEXPO are not considered an eligible expense. Each participant is expected to pay the registration fee in full.


  • Travel subsidies will be paid following TEXPO, which concludes June 20, 2022.


Submission Deadline

April 29, 2022

Presentations Date

June 20, 2022
(these dates may be subject to change.)

Sarah Neville
TEXPO Research Competition Coordinator

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