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Images of Research 2023


Struggling to explain what you are doing in grad school? What if you could show people instead?

Visual representations of research done in the field, in labs, in clinics, and in archives offer a window into the work of university researchers. We use data visualization of all kinds to quickly convey the essence of complex ideas and we do it across disciplines in presentations, posters, professional websites, or even in pitches to donors. Images help us reach out and connect to those inside and outside the university community.

The School of Graduate Studies and the Harriet Irving Library Research Commons are launching the second annual Images of Research challenge

Students are invited to enter a single still image: perhaps a snapshot, a collage, or an art piece.  It could be an image in its original form or modified in creative ways. Add a clever title and a thoughtful 200-word description. Show us what graduate research at UNB looks like!

Terms of Reference

(Taking guidance from the University of Saskatchewan

  1. This competition is open to all current University of New Brunswick graduate students.
  2. Only one entry is allowed per year per person, and in only one category (Images or Models). Individual entries only please (no groups).
  3. All submissions must depict UNB affiliated research.
  4. Entries must not have been entered into a previous UNB Images of Research Competition.
  5. Images or models must be accompanied by a title and a brief description of the image or and how it relates to the entrant’s work. (200 words, max. 1200 characters). This description is intended for the general public so it should be free of jargon.
  6. Image submissions will be accepted until the end of February via the submission form
  7.  All submitted images must be high-resolution and the original work of the student. Images should be submitted in PNG or JPG file format with the longest side measuring at least 3130 pixels (26.5cm at 300dpi)
  8. Winners will be selected by a multidisciplinary jury.  Entries will be anonymized and will be judged according to the following criteria:
    1. Aesthetic appeal
    2. Creativity
    3. Connection between image or model, text, and research
  9. There will be five winners chosen. The first-place winners will receive $500, 2nd place $300, and 3rd place $200. There will also be two honorable mentions - each receiving $150.
  10. The winning submissions will be displayed publicly on both the Fredericton and Saint John campuses and online.
  11. To enter the competition, entrants must:
    1. Certify that they are the copyright owner of the submitted image and have the necessary rights, permissions, and/or licenses to submit the image to the competition according to the full contest rules and conditions. These rights and permissions include, but are not limited to, permission from any identifiable human subject depicted, and/or permission from publishers, funding agencies, or research partners who have been involved in the work depicted.
    2. Provide the university with the nonexclusive right to use the submitted image or model for any purpose. All entrants remain the copyright holder of their entry.