images of research

Images of Research is back for 2018!

The Images of Research (IOR) competition is an opportunity for current University of Alberta graduate students from all disciplines to capture, share, and present the essence of their research in one image. This competition and its accompanying exhibition aim to showcase and preserve graduate student research in print and digital form, foster student engagement, and support graduate students’ academic endeavours.

Submissions will be accepted from Monday, January 22 to Friday, February 9, 2018. Please see the Competition Details page for more information on eligibility, competition rules, and requirements, as well as access to the online entry form.

Winners and semifinalists will be selected by a multidisciplinary jury according to the following criteria:

  • Originality/Creativity
  • Aesthetic appeal of image
  • Relationship between image and student’s research
  • Clarity of written description and title

Six prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • First Place - $800
  • Second Place - $600
  • Third Place - $500
  • Two Honourable Mentions - $250 each
  • One People’s Choice - $250

Winners will be announced during a public reception April 2018. Selected submissions, including semifinalists, will also be printed and exhibited in Cameron Library, as well as archived in the University of Alberta’s open access institutional repository (ERA - Images of Research Competition).

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This competition is organized by University of Alberta Libraries (UAL) in collaboration with the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR), and with the support of Campus Design & Print Solutions .

For any questions or comments about Images of Research, please see Frequently Asked Questions or contact For technical help, email