Illinois State University’s student finalists from the Image of Research competition can now be viewed by the public via the Office for Student Research’s website. 

The first-ever juried competition presented students with the opportunity to undertake a creative approach with their research, portray their individual scholarship in visual form or share behind-the-scenes views of their research processes. 

According to the 2020 Image of Research Exhibit webpage, the students created or captured one static image of their research and wrote a brief narrative explaining how the image relates to their research. 

The images could range from photographs drawings, or digital creations and could convey the research concretely or abstractly. 

The committee consisted a jury of local artists who evaluated the submissions for visual impact, originality, and the connection between the student’s image narrative and research project. 

Students will have the opportunity to participate in the Voting for the People’s Choice Award which will be available April 6-8. Voting information will be provided on the Office of Student Research’s Facebook page on April 6. 

In an interview with ISU News, Director of the Office of Student Research Gina Hunter stated, “This is a wonderful way to engage students in all disciplines and trigger their creativity.” 

Prizes for the competition will be awarded to the top graduate and undergraduate entries. The first prize is $250, second prize $150, honorable mentions of $50 and the People’s Choice award for $150. Winners will be announced April 9. 

The competition is sponsored by ISU’s Office of Student Research, Graduate School, Milner Library and University Galleries. 

ANDREW DOUGHERTY is a News Reporter and Columnist for The Vidette. Contact him at Follow him on Twitter at @addough

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