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

  • Under the Virtual Ice 

    Nishimoto, Arthur; Long, Lance (2017)
    The search for life on other worlds starts here. The NASA-funded SIMPLE (Sub-ice Investigation of Marine and Planetary-analog Ecosystems) project takes one of the first steps in preparing to search for life under the icy ...
  • Translation: Female Batik Worker 

    Selamet, Juhr (2017)
    This image was captured in 2016 during my thesis research project in Javanese batik, which was recognized in 2009 by UNESCO as a masterpiece of human heritage. Batik usually takes the form of patterned woven cloth, created ...
  • The Phenotypic Plasticity of Pristimantis mutabilis 

    Ng, Chun Chun (2017)
    This illustration was created as part of the research in exploring the best methods to teach high school or college-level biology students about phenotypic plasticity. This newly-discovered mutable rainfrog found in Ecuador ...
  • Surprise Symphony 

    Tures, Michaela (2017)
    For this project, I explored the symbols of western music notation. Specifically, I am interested in combining music and design as I study musical notation for my design thesis project here at UIC. I changed and distorted ...
  • Stroke Activated Microglia 

    Tobin, Matthew (2018)
    I study the interaction between inflammation and neurogenesis following ischemic stroke. More specifically, I am interested in the interplay between the response of microglia (the resident immune cells of the brain) to ...
  • Resonant Design: The Transparent Speaker 

    Arif, Nuzhat Binte (2018)
    I read Jonathan Chapman’s Emotionally Durable Design and was appalled to learn that 80% of objects get thrown out into landfills because people aren’t able to form a strong enough emotional bond with them. Landfills ...
  • Quantum dots on bench-top 

    Isovic, Adela (2013)
    Quantum dots (QDs) are remarkable nanoparticles that fluoresce based on the properties of their specific size and chemical makeup. By altering the configuration, shape, or composition of a particular QD we can quantitatively ...
  • Peripheral Visual Function: Accessing the Unexplored 

    Patangay, Shresta (2017)
    Our peripheral and central visual systems work synchronously to capture the world we see, while the central vision tells us "what" we are looking at, our peripheral vision helps us orient ourselves. Loss of peripheral ...
  • Not a cell, not quite an organ 

    McCray, Tara (2018)
    My research explores how to culture and characterize prostate organoids. These exciting new "organs in a dish" can reproduce the function and morphology of the prostate in a laboratory setting. The cells are obtained ...
  • Mhysa 

    Chatterjee, Rukmava (2018)
    Come winter and the environment is draped in a snowy blanket, immensely diverse yet infinitely monotonous. But there’s more to this icy monochromatic beauty, with the ubiquitous menace of ice engendering slippery roads. ...
  • Look Away 

    Jendrusina, Alexander (2018)
    My research examines the relationship between discrimination and mental health, which is challenging to safely and humanely photograph. I encourage this piece to be interpreted abstractly as I intentionally symbolize many ...
  • KNEEL 

    Dean, Kaleb (2018)
    This image is from an exhibition called Typeforce 9 in which Chicago designers are encouraged to create works coming out of their research and practice. I've been studying typographic forms and materials as they relate to ...
  • Intelligent Welding 

    Basantes Defaz, Alexandra (2017)
    I am not your stereotypical welder. I am an M.S. student in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering conducting research in UIC's Welding Laboratory under the direction of Professors Ernesto Indacochea and Didem ...
  • In a Small Window 

    Schultz, Jeremy (2018)
    Initially the instrument I use in my research is disorienting. It is a mass of jutting metal parts, nuts, bolts, and viewports akin to a diving bell. However, every part was engineered to serve a specific purpose, creating ...
  • HIV Invasion 

    Sidorowych, Christina (2017)
    HIV is a formidable invader and destructive assailant. The virus attacks the immune system and destroys CD4 cells. Understanding the viral life cycle of HIV, its structural biology, and its interplay with the immune system ...
  • Firing for the World 

    Xu, Wenpeng (2018)
    This image depicts the debris of a 12th-century dragon kiln at Dehua in Southeast China. Thousands of porcelain shards and broken saggars on the site reveal an industrial scale of porcelain production in the preindustrial ...
  • Environment 

    Murungi, Martin (2018)
    I study how our natural and built environments tend to compete over ownership of available spaces. I took this image of a floor when my graduate class visited The Ford Residence in Aurora, Illinois built in 1948. The home ...
  • Danio Rerio: A New Genomic Fishing Tool 

    Rajan, Sriivatsan Govinda (2017)
    Danio Rerio, also known as Zebrafish, is increasingly becoming an attractive model system in labs and research centers around the world for studying diseases ranging from Alzheimer's and diabetes to various forms of cancer. ...
  • Circle Back 

    Dimoulis, Yannis (2017)
    There's no denying that we live in a throw-away society. Many of us consume and dispose without a second thought. Rather than focus on changing cultural habits, I felt it was time to reevaluate the materials we use with ...
  • Bee Pantaloons 

    Raduski, Andrew (2017)
    Pollination biology of the wild relatives of cultivated tomatoes (an eminently important group) is largely unstudied in their native habitats. In the course of my thesis research, our expedition documented floral visitors ...

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