The Image of Research collection draws on entries to an annual interdisciplinary competition sponsored by the UIC Graduate College and the University Library. The first competition, in Spring 2008, was open to any student enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program at UIC for the Spring 2008 term. Students were invited to submit an image with aesthetic appeal that the student created as part of their research. A multi-disciplinary jury reviewed the submissions and selected 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners as well as three honorable mentions.

Recent Submissions

  • Normal To Tumor-like Cell Transition 

    Zheng, Yu (2011)
    My research focuses on the role of protein tyrosine kinase 6 (PTK6) in different aspects of cancer. Here is an image taken under fluorescence microscope, with DAPI staining (Blue) showing the nuclei of each BPH1 cell. BPH1 ...
  • The atomic resolution view of the nano-world 

    Zhao, Yuan (2011)
    "The research I have done at UIC is using the Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM) to characterize the nano materials, such as the Mn promoted Co-based Fischer-Tropsch (FT) nano-catalyst on Ti support. The STEM ...
  • An arboreal mammal of Los Tuxtlas forest, Mexico 

    Zambrano, Jenny (2011)
    "The burgeoning human population in rural tropical regions has accelerated fragmentation of natural habitats, posing particular risk to tropical rain forests. This is the case of the Los Tuxtlas forest in Veracruz, Mexico ...
  • Mailbox 

    Zabicki, Gwendolyn (2011)
    My research at UIC has been in the study of humble, ubiquitous objects. My goal is to paint these ordinary objects lovingly and to, in a way, defend them. Seeing is never neutral, but always involves a process of interpretation ...
  • Cell “Flakes” in Winter 

    Yildiz Arslan, Sevim (2011)
    The objective of my study is to gain an understanding of the molecular events in Theiler’s murine encephalomyelitis virus (TMEV) infection resulting in cell death. TMEV is a highly cytolytic RNA virus that causes a persistent ...
  • Reflection 

    Wood, John (2011)
    "My research investigates the ways that climate change can alter landscapes. A stark example of landscape alteration is from the 1930’s during the “Dust Bowl” drought in the Great Plains. Iconic imagery of this time depicts ...
  • Mother's Love 

    Wiesbrock, Jeanne (2011)
    This image is of a mother and her young infant. My research involved a case study of this family outlining the unusual circumstances surrounding their care. Early in this mother’s pregnancy, she learned that the infant had ...
  • Volume Rendering of 7515 B.C.E. Human Skeleton 

    White, Leslie (2011)
    In 2008, close to two hundred ancient human burials were discovered on the edges of a paleolake in the Sahara Desert by paleontologist Dr. Paul Sereno (University of Chicago). Several skeletons, including this Early Holocene ...
  • Frozen in Time 

    Wallace, Katrine (2011)
    "My dissertation was a clinical study performed at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and is focused on finding nutritional and lifestyle risk factors for prostate cancer among older African American men. The study collected ...
  • Standing Out While All "Packed" Together 

    Tuntland, Mike (2011)
    I use biophysical methods to characterize enzymes in the purine biosynthetic pathway of the bacteria Bacillus anthracis. This image shows the crystal structure packing of PurK at 2 Å resolution in which I solved via X-ray ...
  • Daily life action #1436 

    Tillett, Wade (2011)
    "I am researching how we choose moment-by-moment to live our lives. Curriculum is an act of selecting “what's worthwhile”. We continuously make this selection simply by living. I look for the questions we are living the ...
  • From Photon to Electricity 

    Tchernookova, Boriana (2011)
    My research at UIC focuses on the visual system of vertebrates, skate and catfish in particular. My goal is to gain a better understanding of how the retina processes visual information, which starts as a photon of light ...
  • It’s the Spaces In Between the Words That Matter 

    Siskonen, Sacha (2011)
    The power of fiction does not necessarily lay on the page in the individual words and the things they signify. It exists in the mind of the reader as she fills in the slivers of space between each word and allows the story ...
  • A Case of the Blues: Serotonin toxicity caused by the use of methylene blue and antidepressants 

    Sisk, Melissa (2011)
    My research at UIC is studying digital art tools and how they are used to address the visualization of scientific research. I use 3D modeling and digital painting tools to create pieces addressing problems within the medical ...
  • Torroidal Tunnels 

    Sharma, Vishal (2011)
    This image represents a self-assembling tool for the sustained delivery of therapeutic agents. To form this particle, a drop of polymer solution is simply allowed to fall from the tip of a needle into a solution of similar ...
  • Track Series (Image #1) 

    Ransom, Brittany (2011)
    "Tracks is an exploratory series of photographic, videographic, and long exposure motion capture images to map the habitual patterns of bess beetles. In order to track the beetles, I affix tiny ""backpacks"" to them that ...
  • Visualizing a single neuron in the nematode C. elegans 

    Ramakrishnan, Kalpana (2011)
    "C .elegans is a free living soil nematode that is a great model organism to study nervous system function. To date C . elegans remains only organism whose nervous system has been mapped. It is transparent, making it ...
  • The Ever-Encroaching Present 

    Piscitelli, Matthew (2011)
    Peru’s past is in danger, but from a rather unexpected source. Some of the country’s most valued heritage landmarks are threatened, not by looters or environmental catastrophes, but by an urban sprawl that expands on the ...
  • Gomerulus & Podocytes 

    Perazza, Gabriela (2011)
    This is a painting representation of a Scanning Electron Microscope image (of about 5,000x) of the glomerulus, podocytes and glomarular filtrates of the kidneys created in Adobe Photoshop. A glomerulus is a capillary tuft ...
  • The Chicago House 

    Pater-Rov, Nayereh (2011)
    The objective during this past and my first semester of Graduate Architecture Studio was to learn Control. As an architect, we must learn to design with reason and objective. This image is of a "typical Chicago lot," yet ...

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