Research Alive: Student Prize (Graduate)

Lena Heng standing at lectern during a 2018-19 Research Alive Series event

Brief overview and prize information

The Research Alive series aims to unveil what makes music so magical through live performances and dialogue between researchers and musicians. Presented 4 times each year by various members of the Schulich community, each talk highlights exciting research, showcases live musical examples and demonstrations, and concludes with a short piece to tie it all together.

In collaboration with this series, the annual Research Alive Student Prize will be awarded to a graduate student following an audition in late April 2021.

The winner will receive $1,000 through a generous donation from Jill de Villafranca and Dr. David Kostiuk following their talk. The winner will also receive coaching in framing their work for a general public leading up to their talk, which is live streamed, video recorded, and subsequently posted on the Schulich School of Music YouTube channel.

Application deadline for presentation in the Research Alive 2021-2022 Series:

March 31, 2021

Application process:

Submit a short proposal by email to Stephen McAdams (stephen.mcadams [at] presenting the research in such a way as to be fun, informative for a general audience, and exhilarating from both artistic and scholarly perspectives. The proposal should be 300-400 words and include the main issue to be addressed, a rough outline of the topic, how it would be illustrated musically, what musicians would be needed, and what piece of music (10 min. max) would end the talk. The talks are just under one hour (45-minute presentation, 10-minute performance or recording), followed by a Q&A. It is the winner's responsibility to recruit the musicians and to obtain any necessary rights to publicly perform the music or present visual materials used in the talk.

A short list of three proposals will be selected for an audition in the latter half of April at which you would present a 15-minute version of your proposed talk. One student presentation will be selected for presentation in the 2021-2022 Research Alive season and the other two finalists will have a special session of the Graduate Colloquium. We look forward to your exciting proposals.


Graduate students who will be enrolled in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Past Student Prize Winners

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