Explore research, solve clues and win prizes in the Virtual Scavenger Hunt

February 10, 2015 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, ON

Lakehead University is one of 21 Ontario universities participating in a Virtual Scavenger Hunt that will take the public on an intriguing journey through the world of research, the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) announced recently.

“Ontario's universities constantly produce useful and fascinating research that we generally only hear about when a major breakthrough is made,” said Erica Sawula, Lakehead University’s Research Matters Student Ambassador.

“By participating in the Virtual Scavenger Hunt, you can have fun while learning about how Ontario university research is changing lives every day,” Sawula said.

Open to students and the general public, the contest begins Monday, Feb. 17 and runs for the last two weeks of the month. Contestants can solve new clues every day to enter for prizes.

Intrepid scavengers who get all 21 clues correct unlock a secret message that they can then submit to be entered for 21 grand prizes.

Students from each of the participating universities will deliver daily video clues via email to registered contestants whose answers can be hunted down online. Clues will also be available on the Research Matters website at yourontarioresearch.ca.

Research Matters will give away prizes to clue solvers every day, as well as 21 grand prizes of a Research Matters gift bag with clothes, puzzle books and more.

In addition, university students will be eligible for five cash prizes of $500 each and five Ontario classes, from kindergarten to Grade 12, that complete the hunt will be eligible to win a pizza lunch with a researcher.

The contest ends on Friday, Feb. 27. In order to be entered for the grand prize draws, you must register and answer all the clues into an online grid. If you complete it correctly, a hidden message will emerge, reading down through the answers.

Submit the grid in order to be entered for the grand prizes; winners will be chosen at random from correct entries. The deadline for submitting your completed grid is Monday, March 2 at 11:59 pm, and winners will be announced at the Research Matters Big Thinking Panel in Toronto on Wednesday, April 1.

The event will be webcast live, so if you can’t attend in person, tune in to see if you’ve won.

Click here to register, view the Virtual Scavenger Hunt video trailer, and read more about the Scavenger Hunt.

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In 2015, Lakehead University will celebrate 50 years of exceptional education. Guided by its Strategic Plan (2013-2018), Lakehead is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

Maclean’s 2015 University Rankings places Lakehead University 2nd in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and 1st among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2014, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead 2nd in Ontario and 3rd among Canada’s undergraduate universities.

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