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Art of Research competition winners announced

Art of Research competition winners announced

Some of the winners from the inaugural Art of Research competition

April 13, 2016
Danelle D'Alvise

There’s a ‘first’ ever exhibition that will be displayed in Gilmour Hall until April 28, comprised of the photographs and images that were submitted to McMaster’s first 
Art of Research competition. Sponsored by the Office of the Vice-President (Research), the gallery in the Buckingham corridor outside of the President’s office (Gilmour Hall 238) features all 79 works that showcase some of the extraordinary research that’s taking place in every corner of our campus.

“We were thrilled with the response to our Art of Research competition -- we had submissions from students, faculty and staff from every one of our six Faculties,” says Allison Sekuler, interim vice-president, research. “We challenged the McMaster community to share their passion for the research that they do, and the result was an amazing collection of images, photographs and compelling descriptions that were truly inspiring.”

 There were five themed categories, whose winners were determined by a multidisciplinary panel of seven judges, plus a People’s Choice Award, decided by a combination of votes via email, Facebook and Twitter. First place winners were awarded $500, and runners up were awarded $250 each.

The Beyond the Naked Eye category attracted the most submissions, offering up 34 extraordinary images that revealed what students, staff and faculty “see” under microscopes, from telescopes and on x-rays.  First place was awarded to David Rossouw for Micro-eruptions in magnesium and the Runner up was Xingnan Xu for In search of insight.

The Research in Action category featured images that express what the researcher’s work is all about, with first place going to Prof. Brian Timmons for Making of a Champion, and the Runner Up prize awarded to Prof. Laurel Trainor for Musical brain and body power.

The Fieldwork category reflected research experiences that took place beyond McMaster’s campuses, with Prof. Eduard Reinhardt winning first prize for his Recovery of an extinct ground-sloth mandible from Hoyo Negro and Alanna Smolarz snagging the Runner Up prize for Basking Baby Blanding’s Turtle by the Bay.

The International category received photos that demonstrated research at work in international communities – first prize went to Matthew Emery for Lights in a Sandstorm, and the Runner Up prize went to Prof. Benson Honig for The Power of Women.

The Connecting to our Communities category encouraged submissions that illustrated how research with communities from anywhere across Canada impacted -- or has the potential to impact --that community's priority issues. The category winner was Christina Hackett for Going Off to Grow Strong. The Runner Up prize was a tie between Prof. Christina Sinding for What We Are Carrying: Using performance-as-research to confront ‘misrecognition’, and Ana Kovacevic for Stepping into a Healthy Mind.

Sekuler also acknowledged that so many of the text descriptions of the research were exceptional, and gave a ‘tip of the hat’ to Debi Poinar, whose accompanying description of her A Life Frozen in Time both moved and impressed with the eloquence of her research story, prompting the addition of a category for Best Description in next year’s competition.  

All of the submissions can be viewed at the Art of Research photo album on the McMaster Research Facebook page.  The twelve winning submissions and the descriptions of the research provided by the First Place and Runners Up can be found here.