Research Revealed: Showcase Your Research

Who is this for?

The University of Toronto’s (U of T’s) Research Revealed exhibit welcomes submissions from the following members of the U of T community.

  • Student
  • Postdoctoral Fellow

What do I need before I can begin?

To be eligible to submit an entry to the Research Revealed exhibit, you must be registered as a student (undergraduate or graduate level) or postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto (U of T).


University of Toronto’s (U of T’s) Research Revealed initiative is an inter-disciplinary exhibit dedicated to celebrating the research of our undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows by displaying images that reflect the trainees’ areas of research.

If you are a U of T undergraduate student, graduate student or postdoctoral fellow, we invite you to submit original images or illustrations of your research for inclusion in this exhibit. We are seeking images from all fields of study. Your research paints a picture we want everyone to see. This is your opportunity to reveal your research to the community in a unique and memorable way!

Select images will be printed onto weatherproof canvas and exhibited on a display that encloses the university’s major revitalization initiative, known as the Landmark Project, and/or major capital projects on the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) and University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) campuses. Images are showcased on the Research Revealed exhibit website.

Submit your entry by the 15th of any month throughout the duration of the Landmark Project and selected images will be added to the growing exhibit.


  • Provide an opportunity for trainees to showcase their research in a different way
  • Provide an opportunity for cross-disciplinary knowledge sharing
  • Share research with the community in a unique way
  • Provide an opportunity for the University to celebrate the tremendous diversity of trainee research at our institution

Eligibility to Enter

To be eligible to enter, you need to meet the following criteria.

  1. Be registered as a student (undergraduate or graduate level) or postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto
  2. Submit an original image that is directly related to and representative of your research. The image can be created through your research, an image of a research process, a digital snapshot of data, an original piece of artwork and/or can be an illustration that depicts aspects of your research
  3. Agree to all submission image specifications, publication rights and copyright criteria

How to Submit an Entry

To submit an entry, complete the U of T Research Revealed form by the 15th of any month throughout the duration of the Landmark Project. The selection committee will review images at the end of each month.

Entries should have clear and captivating imagery that showcases your work and invites viewers to learn more about your research. The images you submit will be accompanied by a description of your research that will allow the viewer to learn more. Please see the Research Revealed exhibit website for examples.

The following guidelines will help you complete the U of T Research Revealed form.

Image Specifications

  • Any method can be used to create your image or illustration (i.e. photography, optical or electronic instrumentation, computer generated image, model, drawing, etc.)
  • The image or illustration should directly relate to, and be created in the context of, your research
  • Images or illustrations can come from any field of study
  • Images should be free of arrows, dots, or other symbols (as would typically be found in a textbook schematic). A traditional conference poster is not a suitable submission
  • The image should stand alone and not require explanatory text to appear on, or around the image itself
  • Ensure your image is free of branding or logos for other institutions, organizations, and companies
  • If an image shows anyone working in a lab, they need to be wearing eye protection, a lab coat, and gloves at minimum. If standard practice is to be equipped with more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in that specific lab, it is advised that that PPE is worn in the image as well
  • It is important for you to submit the image in the highest resolution you can as these images may be printed in very large formats. For instance, 4000 pixels along the long edge, 300 dpi or 10 megabytes are possible minimum standards to be considered for print. For the Research Revealed exhibit website, the file size and resolution can be lower
  • Submit images in full colour, unless black and white is required
  • Images in .jpg or .tiff format are ideal
  • Ensure work is photographed with plenty of space around the focal point to allow for cropping

Publication Rights & Copyright

  • You are the creator of the image, the image is free of copyright restrictions, and you have permission of collaborators/supervisors (if any) to submit the image. By submitting an image, you agree that U of T is not responsible for any copyright infringements or for litigation that may ensue from these infringements
  • The owner of the image will retain copyright over the image/artwork
  • If chosen for publication, the owner of the image may be asked to provide consent waivers from individuals appearing in the image
  • U of T reserves the right to publish the selected images in any media and in any format to promote this exhibit, the Landmark Project and other capital projects on U of T campuses
  • Unless you request otherwise, U of T agrees to acknowledge the image or illustration’s creator in all publications and presentations of the image

Submission Form Questions

  1. What is the title of your image? (Using up to 30 words)
    • An effective title will build interest
    • Examples of effective titles from accepted submissions: Sunshine bringer, Molten snowflakes, Can paper help turn the page on cancer research?
  2. What is the story behind your image? (Using up to 200 words)
    • Explain what your image represents and describe the research that led to the production of the image. Explanations should be clear and precise and, if applicable, provide examples of where the research may be applied
    • Write for your audience: Your audience is the curious public who are not experts in your field of study. Therefore, simple non-technical terms are recommended.
  3. What techniques did you use to create and, if relevant, modify the image? (Using up to 100 words)
    • What tools, techniques, and/or media did you use to create the image?  Why did you use this equipment or medium? Briefly explain why this approach was the most appropriate for the research at hand.
    • Is the image modified in any way? e.g., “I used time-lapse and time-stretch photography, and the image was colourized.”
  4. Why did you conduct this research? (Using up to 100 words)
    • Explain why you conducted this research. Remember the audience is the curious public, not experts in your field of study
  5. Is there anyone you need to acknowledge as a condition of using this image?
    • This could be organizations who have funded your research or collaborators, etc., to whom you have an obligation to acknowledge their role or support
  6. Please provide alt text for screen readers to describe your image. (Using up to 30 words)
    • Alt text is a text description of what is depicted within an image, which is accessed and read aloud by screen readers. Search engines use alt text for search engine optimization (SEO) purposes to help searches find the image they are looking for, so ensure relevant keywords are added.
    • Best Practices
      1. Describe the image as specifically as possible, but only include relevant information.
      2. There is no character requirement for alt text, however its best to keep it under 150 characters for screen readers, and it is most effective when it is not a listing of keywords. The goal of alt text is accessibility
    • Examples
      1. Okay: Internal cell structure
      2. Good: Microscope image depicting internal cell structure
      3. Best: Microscope image depicting internal cell structure. The backdrop is black, and the cell is centred in the image and is coloured red. The nucleus of the cell is off-centre and coloured black from the dye treatment

The Selection Process

Selection of entries to be featured in the exhibit will be based on the following qualities.

  • Aesthetic: Overall aesthetic appeal and visual impact
    • Is this image a well thought out/planned creative project that has paid special attention to aesthetics? The Selection Panel is looking for attention to details like contrast, proportion, lighting, colour palette, and image quality as well as considering if the image is attention grabbing/generally appealing as an art piece from afar or from close range
  • Image: Originality of image or illustration, image title, and clarity of text accompanying the image
    • Does this image/title grab your attention from a distance? Or would you pass it by? The Selection Panel is reviewing if the image/illustration is an effective visual message (stands alone without aid of write-up, text or symbols), consideration of artistry within the title, and clarity of the description and text for a general audience
  • Relationship: Relevance of image or illustration to applicant’s research
    • Does this image offer a deeper understanding of the research topic from a unique perspective through visual aide? The Selection Panel considers if the image requires the description for context and whether the text accompanying the image/illustration offers an explanation that may be understood by individuals without expertise in the field

The Landmark Project is expected to run for three years. At the end of each academic year entrants will receive formal acknowledgement of their submission.

Selection Panel

The Selection Panel includes undergraduate students and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, representatives from the Provost’s Office, all three campuses, the Division of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation (VPRI), and the School of Graduate Studies.

Notification of Selection Results

Students and postdoctoral fellows will be notified of results by email.

Forms & Downloads


  • Provide guidance on submission specifications
  • Provide guidance on eligibility
  • Manage the selection of images to appear in the exhibit

VPRI Contact


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