Images of Research Competition

Editor's Notes

Images of Research (IOR) is an opportunity for current Murray State students from all disciplines to capture, share, and present the essence of their research in images. This competition showcases and preserves students' research in print and digital form and fosters engagement and creative endeavors.

The entries came from a wide range of disciplines including Agriculture, Art Education, Biology, Criminal Justice, Exercise Science, Graphic Design, History, Journalism, Marketing, Nursing, Occupational Health and Safety, Political Science, Photography, Public Relations, and TV Production for a total of 83 entries, making the judges' decision a difficult one. Overall the submitted work was engaging, visually stimulating, and an excellent representation of the research going on at Murray State University.

Committee Members

Dana Statton Thompson, MLIS, Assistant Professor of University Libraries (Chair)

Dr. Antje Gamble, Assistant Professor of Art & Design

Dr. Marcie Venter, Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Michael Flinn, Professor of Biological Science and Director of Hancock Biological Station

Michelle Burdine, MFA, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art & Design

T. Michael Martin, MFA, Associate Professor of Art & Design and Director of University Galleries


I named this photo Sweet Creature because it gave me the same vibes as the Harry Styles song named Sweet Creature. My original idea was to photograph random objects being used in a different way, but as I was laying out all of my stuff it reminded me of a picnic. So, I decided to use these old items and give them life again. The stuff I used is all very old and most of the toys used are ones I played with during my childhood, so these pictures are very nostalgic for me.