Judging Committee

A committee of judges selected from across the university has been created to evaluate the visualizations:

  • Christine Cavalier, Visual Resources Manager, Art and Art History, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Remco Chang, Assistant Professor, Computer Science, School of Engineering
  • Kenneth Chui, Assistant Professor Public Health and Community, School of Medicine,
  • David Damassa, Professor and Dean for Information Technology, School of Medicine
  • Ken Olum, Research Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Barbara Parmenter, Lecturer, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Kyle Quinn, Postdoctoral Scholar, Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering


Visual efficiency and good artistic choice are key criteria for an effective visualization.  The goal is to produce images that convey the information as quickly and effortlessly as possible in the most aesthetic or artistic way.  When the judges review the visualization, they need to be able to quickly understand what is being visualized and how the display is to be read.

The judges will evaluate the entries based on the following criteria:

Effective Communication: The visualization portrays effectively and clearly the phenomena, principles, concepts and scholarly context. The presentation is clear and all of the parts are integrated to make it a dynamic whole.

Visual Impact: The visualization successfully conveys the information to its intended audience clearly expressing the ideas and enabling new insights.   The visualization is aesthetic, having a strong visual impact in terms of its use of color and design.

Originality: The visualization is unique and creative, with emphasis on new methods and insights to illustrate the research and/or to tell the story. The researcher is imaginative in their creation of the visualization.


The judging committee will select a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category.   The following prizes will be awarded:

1st Place – $200.00

2nd Place – $100.00

3rd Place –  $50.00

An awards ceremony will be held on April 17 from 3 – 5 pm in the Alumnae Lounge on the Medford campus.


Contact: vis-awards@tufts.edu

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