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


Have you heard about the tigers of Colorado? Tiger salamanders, that is! The Arizona tiger salamander (Ambystoma mavortium nebulosum) is the only salamander species found within Colorado. This individual was found while collecting data for my master’s thesis research. I am studying how hormone production influences the severity of chytridiomycosis, a deadly disease that is responsible for global amphibian population declines and extinctions. The results of my project will benefit the conservation of threatened and endangered amphibians.