Undergraduate Image of Research

The Image of Research — UR Edition is a multidisciplinary competition celebrating the diversity and breadth of undergraduate student research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. All undergraduate students are invited to submit entries consisting of an image and brief text that articulates how the image relates to the research.

 To enter, see the competition details page.

Submission form: https://surveys.illinois.edu/sec/505114802 

Benefits of participating in the competition:

  1. Archive your work online! All images submitted will be included in IDEALS, hosted and archived by the University Library for long term preservation.
  2. Consider attending one of our workshops to learn more about the competition.
  3. All of the entries will be on display and celebrated at this year’s Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 28th.

Deadline:  Friday, March 18, 2022

DEADLINE EXTENDED! 12 Midnight on Monday, March 21, 2022

First prize: $300
Second prize: $200
Additionally, there may be up to two honorable mentions with an $50 award for each.


The Image of Research — UR Edition, which is held during the spring semester, is organized by the Scholarly Commons and Media Commons of the University Library, and the Office of Undergraduate Research.

The Image of Research at Illinois was inspired by the Image of Research competition at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The 2022 competitions are supported by a gift to the Scholarly Commons from Mrs. Mardell J. O’Brien. Prior to 2022, Image of Research competitions were supported by a gift to the Scholarly Commons from the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.