Challenges, Competitions & Conferences

2016 One HEALtH Challenge

Challenges, often sponsored by business, provide students with the opportunity to compete for funding, scholarships, and other opportunities while gaining hands-on experience in exploratory and applied research. By working with interdisciplinary teams to forward solutions to global issues, students who take up challenges can form networks across disciplines and locations and demonstrate inventiveness – key assets for building careers.

This page will be updated three times per year, so make sure to keep checking back for upcoming competitions! Most challenges are one-time only events, but you can find recurring funding opportunities here. If you happen across a challenge or contest that is not listed, please let us know by email at For more information on how to successfully participate in a challenge, check out our How-To Guide.


Enactus Aboriginal Youth Challenge

The Aboriginal Youth Idea Challenge (AYIC) provides Saskatchewan Aboriginal Youth ages 16-35 with the tools to realize their entrepreneurial interests. The deadline is December 22, 2017.

Undergraduate Statistics Project Competition

Open to submissions of applied research projects that use statistical/analytical techniques to solve real world problems or methodological research projects involving statistical applications. Apply by December 22, 2017

One HEALtH Student Challenge

Undergraduates in all colleges and disciplines are invited to solve a One Health problem for a chance to win $1000. Submit applications by January 12, 2018. The University of Saskatchewan will be hosting the kick-off on January 27, 2018. 

World's Challenge Challenge

Western University is hosting this challenge and inviting universities around the globe to present their solutions to issues on a global scale. Top teams present their research in London, ON in June, 2018. Check out their website and social media for the most up-to-date information. 

IXL Innovation Olympics

An eight-week action learning program offered each academic quarter for business school students to integrate their business knowledge to solve a real innovation & growth issue for a senior executive from a company.

Canadian CubeSat Project

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) invites universities across the country to design, build and launch their own satellite! Teams of professors and students can apply to receive one of 13 $200,000 grants to fund their project. Each group then has 24 months to design their satellite for launch from the International Space Station.


This international art competition, open to anyone over 18, is held in the fall each year and gives young artists a chance to share their work in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Open to all fine arts, including 2-D, 3-D, time-based or installation artwork and performance.


STEAM Horizon Awards

Open to Canadian students 16-18 years old who demonstrate leadership and achievement in innovation and community engagement in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). Funded by NSERC, there are five awards and each is $25,000. Two are reserved for Indigenous youth. Deadline to submit is January 16, 2018. 

L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest

An international science fiction/fantasy prose competition with a new winner chosen every 3 months! Rolling submission dates are January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1.

CHI Student Research Competition

The 2018 Conference on Computer-Human Interaction is being held in Montreal next year and is inviting students to submit to their research competition by January 2, 2018. This year, one of the conference chairs is UofS faculty member in Computer Science, Dr. Regan Mandryk.

International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) Student Competition

The ICSE is having its Student Research Competition and student winners will travel to present their research at the conference in Gothenburg, Sweden. Apply by January 8, 2018

Institute of Food Technologists Undergraduate Research Competition

Open to members of the Insitute of Food Technologist's Student Association who have completed original research. Finalists present their research at the IFT Annual Meeting each summer. Application deadline is March 1, 2018.

Canadian Operational Research Society Student Paper Competition

A competition to recognize student papers that have contributed to the field of operational research. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2018


CCWESTT 2018 Conference

The Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology (CCWESTT) hosts an annual two-day national conference to bring together women from across SETT disciplines and sectors to discuss diversity and inclusion. This year, the conference’s theme is “Learn, Grow, Act” and will be held in Edmonton, AB from May 31 to June 2, 2018.

Connecting Minds Undergraduate Research Conference in Psychology

This annual conference is hosted by Kwantlen Polytechnic University for undergraduate researchers psychology. Details for the upcoming conference that will be held from May 18-19, 2018 will be unveiled in January. This year the keynote speaker is Adele Diamond, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair and Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at UBC. 

Foothills Colloquium

This annual conference for undergraduate history students is held in the spring at Mount Royal University, Calgary and is open to students from across the country.