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Visualizing Research

Due to the spring break extension and remote course delivery, the display of the 2020 Visualizing Research competition submissions at the Wine + Cheese Social and Round Rock Student Social has been cancelled.

The competition is ongoing, and submissions are currently under review by the judges. Voting for the People's Choice winner will be held online on Facebook April 1-15. Stay tuned! 

Please contact if you have any questions.

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Visualizing Research 

The Graduate College is hosting a campus-wide competition for graduate students in which they produce an image directly related to their current research or creative activity accompanied by a title for the work and a brief narrative explaining the relationship of the image to the scholastic work. 

Check out visualizing research examples!

Goals + Benefits

  • provide an opportunity to think about your research creatively and represent your research visually
  • communicate your research or creative activity to a broad audience
  • increase awareness of your research or creative activity
  • showcase current research projects or creative activities to promote student collaboration between disciplines

How it Works

  • Graduate students will submit one original, novel image representing their current research with a corresponding title and a 100-200 word narrative via an online submission form.
  • A supervising faculty member or graduate advisor must sign off on the entry to confirm the photo has not been used in previous publications and is not infringing on any copyrights. 
  • The photo is initially evaluated by Graduate College staff based on relevance to the student’s work (Entries not adhering to guidelines or featuring gratuitous violence or nudity will be disqualified at this point).  
  • After the contest’s deadline has passed, a committee (or committees, depending on the number of entries) will review the work based on predetermined criteria. See the judging section for more information.

Judging Criteria

  • Round One: Screening images for adherence to guidelines by Graduate College Committee composed of the graduate deans.
  • Round Two: Each submission will be scored on the quality, originality, and impact of each of its components (image, title, text) and the connection between them using a scoring rubric.

Visualizing Research Judges

  • Sandy Pantlik, Assistant Vice President, University Communication
  • Chandler Prude, Associate Director University Marketing
  • Jesse Silva, Associate Director, Student Diversity and Inclusion
  • Flisa Stevenson, Director, Development Communications
  • Dr. Paula Williamson, Associate Dean for Research, College of Science and Engineering


  • After voting has concluded, a number of the top entries will be posted for public viewing at the Wine + Cheese Social and at the Round Rock Student Social*, allowing for People’s Choice voting to take place. All winners will be announced at these events.
  • Awards will be given in the following categories:
    • 1st Place: $500
    • Runner-up: $250
    • People's Choice: $250
  • Images will be printed by The Graduate College.

*Due to COVID-19, the public viewing has been cancelled. Voting for the People's Choice winner will be held online on Facebook April 1-15, and all winners will be announced on April 17 via GradBulletin. Stay tuned!

Submission Guidelines

  • Submit an image along with a brief narrative explaining the relationship of the image to the scholastic work (200 words or less):
    • Image requirements: 3000 pixels, minimum resolution, 300 ppi, submitted as a JPEG or PNG file type
    • All students must complete the faculty approval form and submit the signed form along with their photo and narrative (This is required due to pending patents).
    • If there are recognizable individuals in your photo, you must submit a photo release form for each individual.
    • Images will be owned by The Graduate College and can be used for other promotional purposes.
    • All submissions will be judged using our scoring criteria.

Submissions Closed

  • We are no longer accepting submissions for the 2020 competition. The deadline for submissions was March 2, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

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  If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate, please contact 512.245.2281 at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

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