The SIUE Graduate School’s inaugural Visualizing Research Impacts (VRI) competition, held during the spring 2016 semester, offered SIUE faculty, staff and students an opportunity to share the results and impact of SIUE research and creative activities through imagery.
Seventeen entries were received from faculty and students that depicted a wonderfully rich diversity of creative activities across the institution from the sciences, engineering, arts, humanities and education.
Award winners received a $1,500 monetary prize to fund their continued research or creative activities.
“The VRI competition was created as a unique visual way of promoting the innovative research and creative activities at SIUE to a wider audience in a way that captures their imaginations,” said Jerry Weinberg, associate provost for research and dean of the Graduate School. “The quality and creativity of the images resulted in passionate deliberation by the panel of alumni and emeritus faculty judges.”
Best Representation of Research Impact
Rachel Rodgers, MS student, biological sciences
Rodgers’ winning imagery is representative of her research on the evolutionary relationships among all forms of life that can be inferred directly from DNA.
“As the oldest and most diverse group of vertebrates, fishes are of particular interest in understanding traits important to the success of the vertebrate lineage, which includes humans,” Rodgers’ submission statement detailed. “Salinity tolerance is among the most critical traits possessed by fishes, determining which habitats they may occupy. Understanding salinity tolerance is important for understanding emerging issues such as pollution tolerance.”