The Tufts Research Visualization Awards are sponsored by the Research and Geospatial Technology Services (RGTS) group of Tufts Technology Services (TTS).

The goals of the program are to:

  • showcase Tufts research projects
  • enable opportunities for scholarly collaboration
  • promote the use of visualization as a scholarly tool at Tufts University.

What is visualization?
Visualizations show and explain some aspect of the world that people don’t typically see. This can be a unique viewpoint like extreme magnification, non-obvious relationships, “impossible” views such as standing inside the sun, or extra-sensory views, for example X-ray photographs of galaxies (National Science Foundation, 2012).

Please review our submission guidelines page for an in-depth description of this program’s visualization criteria.

Who May Enter?
This contest is open to people in all disciplines at Tufts who are creating visualizations as part of scholarly activities taking place at Tufts.  This includes:

  • Tufts faculty working on Tufts based work.
  • Students working with Tufts faculty on Tufts based work.
  • Staff if conducting scholarly activities as part of their Tufts responsibilities.

Entry Guidelines
Materials can be submitted in 3 different categories:

  • photography and illustration
  • video
  • software

An entry can only be submitted in one category.   However, a contributor may choose to submit additional entries in different categories.

To qualify, submitted materials must:

  • be from Tufts based scholarly work
  • use visualization to communicate scholarly information
  • meet the program’s visualization criteria
  • have been created in the last 3 years during the person’s tenure at Tufts
  • have not been previously submitted to the competition
  • be copyright compliant
  • be of a resolution NO MORE THAN 4096 x 2160 which is viswall resolution

Review detailed submission guidelines and download an entry form.

Judging Process
A panel of judges chosen from across the university will evaluate the submissions based on:

  • creativity
  • ability to communicate the research context effectively and clearly
  • visual impact.

Find out more about the judging committee and criteria here.

First, second and third place prizes will be awarded for each category.

Interested applicants should fill out an entry form and submit it along with their visualization by February 1, 2014.

Important 2014 Program Dates

  • October 1: Launch of 2014 Program
  • January 1: Deadline for submitting a notification of a software entry
  • February 1: Deadline for all submissions
  • March 31: Winners Announced
  • April 16: Awards Event in the Alumnae Lounge (Medford Campus)

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