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.


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.


Institute of Food Technologists Undergraduate Research Competition

Open to members of the Institute 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

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 1April 1July 1, and October 1.


Undergraduate Student Conference: "The U.S., Canada and Quebec in the Age of Trump" 

Open to all undergraduate students in Canada and the U.S. Paper that focus on the following themes are encouraged: (1) The Prime Minister/President/Premier; (2) Immigration and Refugee Policy; (3) Indigenous Rights and Reconciliation; (4) Education and Teacher Training; and (5) NAFTA. Deadline for proposals is February 1, 2018. This international conference will be hosted by the Canadian Studies Program at Bridgewater State University on March 23, 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 every spring at Mount Royal University, Calgary and is open to students from across the country.