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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
April 21, 2015
Canadian Excellence

Looking for a Challenge?

For those students who are looking to challenge themselves and demonstrate their skills ...

ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest
The competition challenges three person teams from universities around the world to solve real-world computer programming problems under a gruelling, five-hour deadline. See Laurier ACM Team for information on how to participate on Laurier's team.

ACM Student Research Competition
The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft Research, offers a unique forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research at well-known ACM sponsored and cosponsored conferences before a panel of judges and attendees.

American Statistical Association - Statistical Computing Student Paper Competition
The Statistical Computing and Statistical Graphics Sections of the ASA are cosponsoring a student paper competition on the topics of Statistical Computing and Statistical Graphics. Students are encouraged to submit a paper in one of these areas, which might be original methodological research, some novel computing or graphical application in statistics, or any other suitable contribution (for example, a software-related project).

Art of Physics Competition
The challenge is to capture photographically a beautiful or unusual physics phenomenon and explain it in less than 200 words in terms that everyone can understand.

Computer Science Games
The Computer Science Games are a collegiate competition that includes challenges from all aspects of computing. The Games are a weekend long thrill ride with logic puzzles, difficult algorithms, intense video game competitions, social activities, and of course, programming. Organized by a different university every year, the CS Games invites undergraduate students from across North America to compete. Teams are composed from 6 to 10 skilled people, each participating in multiple simultaneous challenges.

Canadian Institute for Photonic Innovations -Scientific popularization contest
This annual scientific popularization contest was launched in Fall 2007 to encourage the communication of photonic science to a non-scientific audience.  The contest is open to undergraduate students in photonic science at a Canadian university. Deadline is typically in early fall.

Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference
The Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference (CUPC) is an annual event organized by and for Canadian physics students.  It is hosted by a different university each year, usually held over an extended weekend in October (4 days).  Physics students from across Canada meet at CUPC to present oral or poster contributions on various topics related to physics, to attend special invited lectures, to tour local research facilities, to meet with representatives from participating institutions that offer graduate degrees in physics, and to meet with a representative of the CAP Executive to learn more about the association and its support of physics in Canada.

David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge
The challenge invites university and college students from across Ontario’s academic institutions to address challenges facing the energy sector. Each year a particular challenge is selected and students pitch their entrepreneurial ideas and solutions to be judged against David’s own philosophy of innovation: that it be economically viable while also leading to the betterment of society in creating a safer, better place. The winner receives $25,000 to assist in advancing the business concept.

Google Code Jam
Google Code Jam is an annual international programming competition to solve difficult algorithmic puzzles hosted and administered by Google.

Google Summer of Code
Google Summer of Code is a global program that offers students stipends to write code for open source projects.

IEEE Presidents' Change the World Competition
The IEEE Presidents’ Change the World Competition recognizes and rewards students who identify a real-world problem and apply engineering, science, computing, and leadership skills to solve it. 

Imagine Cup
The Microsoft Imagine Cup invites students to use their imagination and passion to create a technology solution that addresses the annual theme. There are a number of competitions and challenges.

Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA)
The Council of Ontario Universities, in partnership with the Government of Ontario, is pleased to present the third annual Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition. We are seeking innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions to accessibility-related barriers in the community. We challenge Ontario’s university undergraduate students to use their creativity, working individually or in teams with industry, government and community partners, including members of the disability community, to identify an accessibility-related issue, develop a plan to address the issue, and create an innovative and unique solution to it.

International Physicists’ Tournament (IPT)
In a team consisting of 6 students you can participate in the IPT by solving a list of 17 experimental problems. You have to start your preparation well in advance of the tournament, because all problems can be considered as short independent research projects. Only one team per country can participate in the tournament. During the tournament you have to present your solutions and also defend them in ‘physics fights’ against other teams.

IPSC - Internet Problem Solving Contest
The Internet Problem Solving Contest (IPSC)is an online contest for teams consisting of up to three people. Several problems will be published at the beginning of the competition. Each problem consists of a problem description and two input data sets. To solve a problem you will have to compute correct output data for the given input data sets. Usually this means that you will write a program that solves the problem, but you may produce the output by hand or in any other way.

Lloyd G. Elliott University Prize Exam
The CAP University Prize Examination, normally held in February of each year, is a national competition open to students across the country who are studying physics and are enrolled in an undergraduate program at the time of the examination.

Online Physics Brawl
Online Physics Brawl is a three-hour long international team competition taking place on the Internet. Participating teams compete in the solving of short physics problems. The solution to every problem is a number that is submitted using a web form.

Rudolf Ortvay Competition in Physics
The international Rudolf Ortvay Problem Solving Contest in Physics is organized every year in autumn by the Roland Eötvös Physical Society and the Hungarian Association of Physics Students . It is an electronic competition for undergraduate (BSc) as well as graduate (MSc/PhD) students. The goal is to solve up to 10 problems from a given collection of about 42 challenging theoretical problems, at home, within about ten days.

SIAM Undergraduate Research Online
SIAM Undergraduate Research Online (SIURO) is a web-based publication devoted to undergraduate research in applied and computational science. The publication is looking for outstanding undergraduate research papers.  This is a great opportunity for students doing senior projects, senior directed research projects or summer internships.

The Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE)
The Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE) is the first nationwide Open Data Hackathon in Canada. An intense 48-hour coding sprint where innovators from coast to coast compete to build the best app utilizing federal government data from the Canadian Open Data Portal ( ).

The Great Canadian Appathon
The Great Canadian Appathon is a 48-hour national competition where small teams of students aim to design the next big mobile game to win $35,000 in cash and prizes.

The University Physics Competition
The University Physics Competition is an international contest for undergraduate students, who work in teams of three at their home colleges and universities all over the world, and spend a weekend in November, 48 hours, analyzing a real-world scenario using the principles of physics, and writing a formal paper describing their work.