Bethanie Bailey

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


Butterflies depend on flowers for food. At the same time, flowers depend on butterflies to reproduce. They have what is called a symbiotic relationship. With the recent decline in the butterfly population this summer, butterflies are becoming harder to find. The cause of this decline is pesticide spraying and habitat destruction. This photo was taken at the “Clarks River Public Access” here in Murray Ky.