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 semester's competition. The entries came from a wide range of disciplines including Agriscience/Agronomy, Studio Art, Wildlife & Conservation Biology, Psychology, Graphic Design, Journalism, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Graphic CommunicationsMedia, Business Administration, Electromechanical Engineering and Technology, Special Education, BIS, and Biology. The jurors' decision-making process was challenging as the submitted work was engaging, visually stimulating, and an excellent representation 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. Laura Sullivan-Beckers, Associate Professor of Evolutionary Biology

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


I captured these beautiful Magnolias in front of the Faculty Hall at Murray State University. My study involves the importance of flowers and their impacts on our psychological well-being. Many studies have demonstrated that flowers have a beneficial effect on psychological health. The following are some ways that flowers might improve mental health. Flowers have indeed been proven to improve mood and lessen stress, sadness, and anxiety symptoms. It can be calming and relaxing to look at flowers as well as have them surrounding you. The ability to create and work more efficiently has been connected to flower exposure. Flowers helped me to enhance social bonds by encouraging happy moods and raising social support perceptions. This picture was captured when I was having a rough day but looking at these beautiful flowers enhanced my mood and helped me to calm down.