The University at Buffalo Graduate School is proud to announce the Art of Research, a new competition that celebrates the extraordinary research of University at Buffalo graduate students and postdoctoral scholars by showcasing original images highlighting the inherent beauty in research, scholarship and creative activity.
The Art of Research is a testament to the power of collaboration between art and research and the incredible research taking place at the University at Buffalo. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars were asked to submit an original image that included anything produced in the course of performing research, along with a title/caption and short description.
“We were amazed by the stunning quality of the images we received depicting extraordinary graduate research here at UB through a unique lens,” says Graham Hammill, vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School. “Not only were submissions judged on their creativity and aesthetic appeal but on how well their caption conveyed their research using non-technical language, a valuable skill for any researcher to have. “
Out of 186 submissions, 29 were selected as finalists and will have their work displayed at a celebratory event on tonight, from 6-8 p.m. at the Buffalo Museum of Science. This event will feature various disciplines and artistic mediums, including photographs, digital art, sound renderings, satellite imagery, 3D renderings, and more. Each piece is a unique and captivating representation of the research, providing viewers with an engaging and thought-provoking experience.
“By showcasing the work being done here at UB, we can spark innovation and unlock creativity for all researchers,” says Graham. In addition to learning more about the incredible research taking place, attendees can vote for their favorite image to determine the winner of the People’s Choice award during the event. There will be a total of 10 winners announced during the event.
Today 225 high school students from the Buffalo Public Schools will take a field trip to the museum to explore the Art of Research display and the museum’s Reinventing Reality traveling exhibit. UB’s Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships coordinated the excursion to introduce high school students to the exciting research happening at UB.
Student volunteers from the departments of Microbiology and Biochemistry in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will work with students to extract their DNA using Bio-Rad’s Genes in a Bottle. Students will extract genomic DNA from their cheek cells, then precipitate and bottle it in a helix-shaped necklace. The kits were gifted as part of the company’s Science Ambassador Program to introduce third- through 12th-grade students to science.
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