The Image of Research is an annual interdisciplinary exhibit competition organized by the Graduate College and University Library to showcase the breadth and diversity of research at UIC. Each year, students enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program at UIC are invited to submit an image they created along with a brief précis of how the image relates to the student’s overall research. A multi-disciplinary jury reviews the submissions and awards prizes to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners and three honorable mentions for still-image submissions, and multiple winners for moving images submissions. Criteria for judging include: the originality of the image and the research it represents; the relationship between the image and the student’s research; and overall aesthetic appeal of the image.
The winning entries are currently on exhibit at the Daley Library and in the Library of Health Sciences, and are featured on light pole banners around campus. (View photos of past exhibits.) Winners, finalists and a wide selection of other entries received for each year’s competition are posted to an online gallery in the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI).