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The Capture Your Research! is an image competition where Engineering students, faculty, and staff can submit one image that captures the essence of their research.  They will be judged on originality/creativity, aesthetic – appeal of the image, relationship between the image and their research, and clarity of the written description. 

We will have four prize categories for undergraduate, graduate, faculty/staff (including the research labs/centers), and people’s choice.

This will be based off of similar project at the University of Alberta.   You can see example of images submitted to the University of Alberta competition here

Definition of Research

What is your day like as an Engineer? We want to capture images that feature how interesting life is as an engineering. What images might you be seeing in your day to day life that others might not?

Research is broadly defined to mean any systematic investigation or study into a product, process or concept to develop new and improved products and understandings.  Examples can range for redesigning a more ergonomically chair or investigating toxicology in drinking water and this is just the tip of the iceberg.


Winners will be selected from 4 categories with a 1st and 2nd place awarded in each category.

  • Undergraduate Student
  • Graduate Student
  • Faculty/Staff/Researchers
  • People’s Choice

1st Place in each category will receive Powerbeats Pro (wireless earbuds). 2nd Place in each category will receive Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug.

Submission Requirements

Submission form can be found here.  Deadline is Friday, Feb 28, 2020 at 5pm (Central Time). EXTENDED UNTIL MARCH 4th at 11:59 PM (CT)

The image must be a High Resolution Image with a 2:3 aspect ratio suitable for printing as a 20″ x 30″ poster

Submission can be changed, withdrawn or adjusted up until the Feb 28th deadline through the online form or by emailing Kari Kozak


  • October – Open Submissions
  • Feb 20th @ 5pm: Q&A Session
  • Feb 28th Submissions deadline
  • Early March – Judging
  • April 10th through April 27th at 11:59pm – People’s Choice Voting is Open
  • May 4th – Awards Announced

Vote for the People’s Choice using this online form

The images have digitally preserved and added to the in the Libraries’ Iowa Digital Library.

See more information on the Official Rules and Creative Commons License

Credit: Alyxandra Thiessen (


Capture Your Research! is sponsored by College of Engineering, Hancher Auditorium, Lichtenberger Engineering Library, and NEXUS.