Winners for "Images of Research" Competition Announced

Dunn, Once and Again

The University of Texas Libraries announce the winners of the first "Images of Research" competition.

“Images of Research” was developed to provide undergraduate researchers from across campus with an opportunity to present a visual representation of their work in the labs, libraries and archives on the Forty Acres. The competition was open to any undergraduate conducting research as part of their academic experience, and submissions were comprised of an image accompanied by a brief caption explaining the process or outcome for a general audience. Two winners — representing vastly different areas of inquiry — were selected from the pool of entrants.

Artist Isabel K. Dunn and image subject Louis Waldman pose by Ms. Dunn's winning image

Isabel K. Dunn — Plan II Honors and Radio-Television-Film — won first place her submission, “A 78rpm Recording Brings Louis to Tears."  Isabel’s submission is from her thesis film, “Once & Again,” a hybrid documentary film about phonography. Judges felt that the image and caption together created a compelling narrative about Isabel’s work. 

Athisha Piyapanee

Athisha Piyapanee — Biochemistry — won second place for her submission, “An Unexpected Friend.”  Athisha’s submission is from her work with an unknown fungal specimen called Isolate 22, research she is undertaking as part of the Freshman Research Initiative in the College of Natural Sciences. The judges were impressed with Athisha’s ability to communicate science and the excitement of unexpected discovery to a general audience.

Both submissions have been placed in Texas ScholarWorks, the Libraries open access repository.

The award, which includes a $100 prize for the first place winner and a $50 prize for the second place winner, was judged by Dr. Lin Winton (Quantitative Reasoning & Independent Inquiry Flags, School of Undergraduate Studies), Dr. Robert Reichl (Undergraduate Research, School of Undergraduate Studies) and Dr. Madison Searle (Honors Center, College of Natural Sciences).