Join the Research Matters Virtual Scavenger Hunt

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York University is joining 21 other Ontario Universities in the Research Matters Virtual Scavenger Hunt, aimed at helping Ontarians learn more about the impact of University research.

Beginning Feb. 17, Research Matters is launching a Virtual Scavenger Hunt, a two week, province-wide contest that takes the public on a journey to learn about Ontario university research that impacts their daily lives.

For the last two weeks of February, students, staff and faculty can answer daily clues and be entered in a draw to win daily prizes. There will be 21 clues in all – one from each of Ontario’s 21 universities.

Ontario university students, with a valid student ID from an Ontario University, who complete the scavenger hunt, will be eligible to win one of five cash grand prizes of $500 each. New this year, Ontario K-12 classrooms that complete the hunt will be eligible to win one of five pizza lunches with a researcher.

The Scavenger Hunt is part of a collaborative project called Research Matters, hosted by the Council of Ontario Universities. The project, a multi-platform endeavour in its third year, is designed to give Ontarians unprecedented access to the wealth of ideas and innovations happening at Ontario universities.

The contest is open to all Ontarians. Members of the general public who answer all 21 clues correctly will be able to unlock a secret message that they can then submit to be entered for a draw of 21 grand prizes of gift bags filled with Research Matters merchandise.

“The Research Matters Virtual Scavenger Hunt is a fun contest that enables Ontarians to learn more about the impact of university research and the many important contributions of Ontario’s leading university researchers,” said Robert Haché, vice-president research & innovation.

To participate, register at or visit the website for contest details.