September 26, 2024


Graduate Student Research Competition
- Virtual Event -

TEXPO 2024 Graduate Student Research Competition is an annual competition that offers graduate students 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.

Apply to TEXPO!

Application Deadline: August 16

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 – You will be provided with your judging time prior to the event
  • 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.
    • Presentations will be comprised of pre-recorded demos
    • You will have a total of 15 minutes to present your project to the judges. This includes up to 10 minutes of prerecorded video of your demo, followed by a 5-minute question and answer period with the judges. There are typically three judges for each competition (ideally one from Canadian industry, academia, and non-for-profit organizations).
    • Your presentation will be public during the judging process, however, only the judges will be able to ask questions. 
    • Your pre-recorded presentation must be submitted by September 20th, in English and MP4 format
  • Presentation of Awards:
      • Winners will be announced immediately after TEXPO
  • 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 applicants must present their research virtually showing a working demonstration/prototype (pre-recorded in English) along with a live presentation.

Students who are interested in competing are encouraged to submit an abstract by Friday, August 16, 2024

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 by August 30.

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.


Application Deadline: August 16
Notification of Acceptance: August 30

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

  • You can apply for only one award category – please select carefully based on the award criteria
  • Acceptance into award categories based on first come basis for those that meet the eligibility criteria
  • You can provide us your 2nd choice category which will only be considered should your first option be full
  • Minimum number of entries per category: 4
  • Maximum number of entries per category: 10


Application Deadline

August 16

Notification of Acceptance

August 30

Presentations Date

September 26

Sarah Neville
TEXPO Research Competition Coordinator

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