2016 Research Image Contest Winners

For NC State’s first-ever research image contest, we received scores of submissions from graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, representing six colleges. Entries were made in three categories: graphics and illustration; photography and microscopy; and video and interactive.

The high quality of the submissions made it difficult to choose winners, but we ultimately chose a first- and second-place winner for each category – as well as two “honorable mentions” for each category. More information on these winners is below.

Below you will find the winning entries and descriptions of the winners’ research projects.
Note: All images are resized to fit the dimensions of this webpage. View all images in the flickr gallery to see the complete work.

Winning Photos

Felix Kaess, Second Place

Bridge over Sapphire River
Doctoral student, Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering

Description: This is a crystal bridge that is reaching over a “river” of crystalline sapphire.
It is a false-colored field emission SEM image of an etched Gallium Nitride thin film structure that was grown on a crystalline sapphire wafer. The etching primarily occurs in the stripe-shaped domains with one crystal polarity (=direction of crystal growth), leaving only the banks with opposite crystal polarity behind. A bridge-like structure and several "caves" can be seen in this image that was taken at the AIF at NC State University.

Some of science’s most powerful statements are not made in words. Visualizations express a human dimension and help create a universal language that enable people around the world to exchange knowledge and to more fully understand complex scientific ideas.

Winning Graphics and Illustrations

Yavuz Caydamli, Second Place

Honeycomb Polymer Morphology
Doctoral student, Fiber and Polymer Science, College of Textiles

This unedited confocal laser scanning microscope gif of a polymer film composed of a special type of Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane (POSS) and solvent-casted with PEO (Polyethylene oxide) was obtained with topographical setting. Note the segregated hexagonal (honeycomb-like) phase domains (orange-colored), formed by POSS walls. This is the first observation of segregated hexagonal (honeycomb-like) phase domains produced in a polymer film by non-covalently bonded POSS. We are beginning to understand the driving force(s) behind these hexagonal shaped domains, which appear to be related to why honeybees build their honeycombs in identical orientation. The honeycomb shape minimizes the surface area/volume ratio and uses the least amount of wax for maximal honey storage.

Announcing First Research Image Contest

What better way to spend the summer than reviewing research images submitted by graduate students and postdoctoral scholars? A team of communicators and faculty from College of Sciences and the Graduate School came together to launch the university's first image contest in summer 2016.

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Honorable Mention Entries in All Categories

The biggest problem for the contest committee was selecting just two winners from each of the three categories. So we decided to name two honorable mention winners for each category. You can see their entries in the galleries and YouTube.

Honorable mention, photography
Efrain Rivera Serrano
– “Cardiac Viral Infection” (Doctoral student, Comparative Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine)
Clint Penick –  “Glowing Ant” (Postdoctoral scholar,  Applied Ecology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences)

Honorable mention, graphics and illustration
Victoria Arbour
– “Ankylosaur Tail Evolution” (Postdoctoral scholar, Biological Sciences, College of Sciences)
Tanner Nielson – “Combustor Simulation Image” (Doctoral student, Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering)

Honorable mention, video
Dishit Parekh
– “3D Printed Microfluidic Channels” (Doctoral student, Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering)
Adam Marrs – “View-Warped Soft Shadows” (Doctoral student, Computer Science, College of Engineering)