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Envisioning Their Research

Graduate students Siyao Wang and Taylor Neumann won awards for images they submitted to the University’s 2020 Envisioning Research contest.

Initiated in 2016 as the NC State Research Image Contest, Envisioning Research was established as a way to demonstrate that images – from photographs to illustrations to movies – can be extremely effective tools for explaining complex research to a wide variety of audiences. And that they can be beautiful.

In its present form the Contest is a collaborative effort by NC State’s Office of Research and Innovation, the Graduate School, the NC State University Libraries, and University Communications and Marketing. Envisioning Research and is open to all students, faculty, staff and postdoctoral researchers.

Glowing Neurons by Siyao Wang
Glowing Neurons

Siyao won the First Place award in the Graduate Students and Postdocs category of Microscopy for “Glowing Neurons.” In 2018, she won the Best Presentation Award at the spring meeting of the Nonwovens Institute (NWI) Industrial Advisory Board and she won the Technical Merit Award with her research project, “Intrinsically Microporous Nonwovens” at the fall meeting of the Board. Siyao is co-advised by Professors Parsons and Khan.


A Meeting of Metals by Taylor Neumann
A Meeting of Metals

Taylor won the Honorable Mention award in the Microscopy Graduate Students and Postdocs category for “A Meeting of Metals.” In 2019 he won the First Place award for Postdocs & Grad Students in the category of Microscopy for “Liquid Metal Sunset” and the Runner Up award in the Postdocs & Grad Students category of Video & Interactive for “Liquid Metal Rain.” You can see those images here.

A member Prof. Michael Dickey’s research group, Taylor won the People’s Choice Award at the 2019 Three Minute Thesis competition.

Congratulations to Siyao and Taylor for your artistic visioning!

You can see high-res versions of each entry, as well as captions about each image, by clicking on the entry title.