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. IOR showcases and preserves students' research in digital form and fosters engagement and creative endeavors. The jurors extend their thanks to the students who entered work for this year's competition. The entries came from a wide range of disciplines including Mathematics, Studio Art, Biology, Graphic Design, Metalsmithing, Wildlife Biology/Ecology, Electromechanical Engineering and Technology, Photography, and Vet Technology. The jurors' decision-making process was challenging as the submitted work was engaging, visually stimulating, and excellent representations of Murray State student research.

Committee Members

Dana Statton Thompson, MLIS, MA, MFA, Associate Professor of University Libraries (Jury Chair)

Cintia Segovia Figueroa, MFA, Assistant Professor of Photography and New Media

Dr. Kathy Callahan, Professor of History

Dr. Laura Sullivan-Beckers, Associate Professor of Evolutionary Biology

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

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

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


Currently, we are researching the impact that merging plant life and elementary students can have on young children’s perception of the world outside of their phones. This picture shows that more than food or flowers can be found in our mini garden, but beautiful creatures enjoy it too. Children, especially the upcoming generations, generally see the world through Instagram or YouTube and take for granted the world that is outside of four cement walls. And our association with the elementary gives children the opportunity to see butterflies, flowers that wouldn’t grow otherwise, the chance to eat peppers, among other things.