Showcase Your Research: Reveal the Future

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).


We are excited to announce the University of Toronto’s (U of T’s) Research Revealed initiative - 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’ area of research within our community.

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 that arise from research in 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 will also be showcased on the soon to be launched 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 featured on all sites.



  • 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


Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.
- Anonymous

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 throughout the three-year duration of the Landmark Project.

In your entry form, remember to give clear details for the following three key descriptors.

  1. An attention-grabbing title
    • An attention-grabbing title is one that captures your image in 30 words or less
  2. An explanation of the research and image
    • What is the image? Explain what the image is, and the research undertaken.   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, i.e. use simple non-technical terms
    • Use words wisely: You have a 200-word limit
  3. A description of the technique
    • A simple description of approaches or technologies used to create the image and if applicable information on changes that were made to an image
    • What did you use to create the image? e.g., technical equipment or medium (when referring to artwork)
    • Is the image modified in any way? e.g., “We used time-lapse and time-stretch photography, and the image was colorized.”
    • Use words wisely:  You have a 100-word limit

Image Specifications

  • Any method can be used to create your images or illustrations (i.e. photography, optical or electronic instrumentation, computer generated images, models, drawings, diagrams etc.)
  • Images or illustrations should directly relate to and be created in the context of your research
  • Images or illustrations can relate to any field of study
  • Please ensure all images are free of branding or logos for other institutions, organizations and companies
  • If images show anyone working in a lab, they need to be wearing eye protection, 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 will be printed in very large formats
  • Images need to be in .jpg format

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

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
  • Image: Originality of image or illustration, image title, and clarity of text accompanying the image
  • Relationship: Relevance of image or illustration to applicant’s research

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 will include undergraduate students and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, representatives from the Provost's Office, the Division of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation (VPRI) and the School of Graduate Studies (SGS).

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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