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Models of Research 2023


Introducing Models of Research

In addition to the Images of Research challenge, we invite students to submit 3D printed models based on original designs or modifications of designs that do not infringe copyright (those with Creative Commons allowances to “remix”, for example) and that similarly communicate the essence of their research whether as tool, technology, or representation. The 3D prints will be photographed and exhibited alongside Images of Research entries.

The goal is to gauge and generate interest in an emerging means of knowledge mobilization and to spread awareness of the power of tangible knowledge representation and the place of constructionist or maker pedagogy in addressing a range of research challenges.

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. Models must be accompanied by a title and a brief description of the image or model 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.
  5. Model design file submissions will be accepted until the end of February via the submission form, while physical model submissions should be arranged by contacting Marc Bragdon ( to determine the most convenient means based on the entrant's home location.
  6. A. All submitted model designs should be submitted in one of the following formats: 3DS, 3MF, DAE, DWG, FBX, MAX, OBJ, STL, STP, VRML, or X3D and not exceed 200Mb.
    B. All submitted models must be the original work of the student or the modification of models under Creative Commons licensing that permits such use: CC BY or CC BY-SA (the latter depending on the original terms - see or contact Marc Bragdon – with questions).
  7. 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 model, text, and research
  8. 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.
  9. The winning submissions will be displayed publicly on both the Fredericton and Saint John campuses and online
  10. To enter the competition, entrants must:
    1. Certify that they are the copyright owner of the submitted model and have the necessary rights, permissions, and/or licenses to submit the model 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.