The Image of Research is a multidisciplinary competition celebrating the diversity and breadth of graduate student research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Graduate and professional students are invited to submit entries consisting of an image and brief text that articulates how the image relates to the research. Entries will be judged by a multidisciplinary panel for:

  • Connection between image, text, and research
  • Originality
  • Visual Impact

All images submitted will be included in an online exhibit hosted by the University Library and are archived for long term preservation in IDEALS.

The 2015 Award Winners:

  • 1st Prize ($500 award): Robin Holland from Microbiology for “Discover What’s Inside”
  • 2nd Prize ($300 award): Aadeel Akhtar from Neuroscience for “Bionic”
  • 3rd Prize ($200 award): Christina Bronson-Lowe from Speech and Hearing Science for “A Rather Good T-shirt”
  • Honorable Mention ($100 award): Maksym Bobrovskyy from Microbiology for “Behind the Scenes”
  • Honorable Mention ($100 award): Katherine Godwin from History “The Fragility of History”
  • Honorable Mention ($100 award): Frederick Larabee from Entomology for “Biting Machines”
  • People’s Choice ($100 award): Ly Dinh from Communication for “Visualizing the Flow of Knowledge”

The Image of Research is organized by the Scholarly Commons of the University Library and the Graduate College and is supported by a generous gift to the Scholarly Commons from the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. Image of Research at Illinois was inspired by the Image of Research competition at the University of Illinois at Chicago.