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Student Competitions

If you’re looking to challenge yourself and like to compete, student competitions are a great opportunity to showcase your achievements and gain self-assurance.

They are also a good way of making yourself known to the scientific and university community. Some competitions can even open doors to career opportunities in business and industry. So go for it!

Ma thèse en 180 secondes/Three Minute Thesis

The Ma thèse en 180 secondes (MT180) competition is a French-language event organized by Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS). Finals are held in all Quebec universities. Winners from each university then gather for the provincial final, which is held in a different university each year. The MT180 competition is an opportunity for PhD students to explain their research topic to a lay audience. INRS also organizes a final of the Three Minute Thesis competition, the English-language version of the MT180. Find out more about the INRS final.


The Forces AVENIR competition recognizes, honours, and promotes academic achievement and student engagement in projects that contribute to the development of open-minded, responsible citizens with a strong community commitment. For the eligibility criteria, terms and conditions, and prize details, check out Forces AVENIR website.

La preuve par l’image/Science Exposed

The La preuve par l’image/Science Exposed competition is an initiative of Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS) in collaboration with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The competition is devoted exclusively to visual images of scientific research, in all fields of study (except the visual and media arts and research-creation. All visual production techniques are accepted: photography, radiography, drawing, graphs, etc. For information on how to enter and details on the prizes, visit Acfas website.


The AquaHacking Challenge is a tech competition aimed at finding original and sustainable solutions to important water resource problems and promoting entrepreneurship and the commercialization of the solutions presented at the competition. Generous scholarships are presented to the winning teams so they can continue developing their innovations. Teams made up of students, faculty members, and postdoctoral fellows can enter. The challenge was created by the De  Gaspé Beaubien Foundation and has been held in cities across Canada since 2015. Two INRS teams have won the challenge: E-Nundation in 2018 and GuIA in 2019. For eligibility criteria, terms and conditions, and prize details, visit AquaHacking website.

Génies en affaires

The Génies en affaires competition, organized by Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS), gives university students the opportunity to team up and test the feasibility of their innovative projects with professionals and the general public. The goal of the multi-day competition is to show how their projects can improve society. For information on how to enter and details on the prizes, visit Génie en affaires website.

Université du Québec video competition

This annual video competition is aimed at revealing different facets of student life and promoting university research. The competition, which has a different theme each year, emphasizes creativity and is a great opportunity to hone your scriptwriting and science communication skills. The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students at Université du Québec member institutions. The winning videos are distributed through Savoir Média. For information on how to enter and details on the prizes, check out Université du Québec website.

Québec Science inventions of the year competition

Québec Science magazine and Association pour le développement de la recherche et de l’innovation du Québec (ADRIQ) are seeking promising innovations developed by Quebec researchers. The INRS research team behind the E-Nundation app, a flood risk management tool, was among the . For information on how to enter and prize details on the next edition, check out Québec Science website.

If you have questions, please contact the Student Life Services.