Visual Art in Undergraduate Research Competition


Undergraduate research art is defined as compelling visual imagery or objects that are intellectually engaging and have a direct correlation to a student’s research agenda. Entries can include any 2-D or 3-D (potentially video) visual representation of the process or product of the student’s research, including the possibility that the image or object IS the product of the research itself.


  • Photomicrograph of biological or geological samples
  • Artistic photo of funerary architecture
  • Mixed media collage based on topics from the Speaking Stones course
  • Digital art works based on studies in popular culture
  • Drawings of a sustainable garden proposed for the top of a University building
  • A prototype medical device
  • An artistic photograph of a subject in a study (with permission to use the photo)


The entry form is to be downloaded, completed and emailed with an initial jpeg photo(s) of entry to by midnight on March 15. Digital files that are too large to submit as an email attachment can be delivered to the Office of Undergraduate Research (Dewey 4-209B) as jpeg files on a CD or DVD with the entrants name written clearly on the disk.

Visual image entries must be submitted initially as a jpeg photo. Physical “sculptures” no larger than roughly one cubic foot may be entered into the contest via as many as three jpeg photos. (Only winning entries will be asked to deliver the physical sculpture for display). All jpegs should be no smaller than 5 x 7 inches at 300 pixels/inch (fine resolution setting on a camera of >3 megapixels). Original slides or negatives for scanned photographs must be available on request, but do not send them unless requested. All digital alterations beyond standard cropping, contrast, brightness and sharpness must be declared on the entry form.


The art will be judged by a committee of four faculty members representing each of the four primary academic areas of the College using the criteria of visual impact, degree of association to the research, and degree to which the work engages the broadest audience. The judges will advise the Director of Undergraduate Research who will be responsible for selecting winners.

First, second, and third place winners will be declared in each of the four academic areas, assuming there is sufficient participation of high quality. Prizes of $150/$75/$50 will be given to the winners (for 1st/2nd/3rd places, respectively).


Digital images of the winning pieces will be shown on the College web site. Winning entries may be installed in the Office of Undergraduate Research and in public spaces on campus on a rotating basis for up to one year (negotiable for graduating seniors). The physical and on-line displays will provide information concerning the research, the researcher, and the faculty mentor(s). Finally, the winning pieces will be displayed during the Undergraduate Research Exposition in April. For selected submissions each year, the College/Office of Undergraduate Research may offer purchase prizes and keep the work. Please indicate on your entry form if you do not want your work considered for purchase.


  • March 15—Submission of entries due to Office of Undergraduate Research
  • April 10—Announcement of winners
  • April 18—Prizes awarded at the Exposition of Undergraduate Research