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2017-18 Graduate Student-Postdoc Photo Contest Winners Announced

STONY BROOK, NY -- The Stony Brook University Graduate School is pleased to announce Bertus Jordaan, Jasna Boudard, and Vivek Saxena as the top prize winners of the 2017-18 Graduate Student-Postdoc Photo Contest. Karin Schweitzer was awarded the runner-up title.

The contest, co-sponsored by the School of Professional Development, the Graduate Student Organization (GSO), the Center for Inclusive Education (CIE), the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), asked students and postdocs to capture Stony Brook University’s theme, “We are the curious- the explorers, and the innovators.” The contest asked participants to reflect on the following:

  • How are you innovating?
  • What inspires your curiosity?
  • Where and how are you exploring?
  • What have you found?
  • How do you conceptualize your research in graphic format?

The winning photos are highlighted below and an online gallery of the 2017-18 is now available. The 2016 gallery can be found here.

2017-18 Top Prize Winners

Jasna Boudard - Winner 
“My graduate research has focused on visual nuances of movement. Most of my work is with dancers (the body in movement), but this photography series explores the way ink "dances" or moves in water. It is part of a larger body of work featuring video, installation, and performance, that I developed in my 2nd year at SBU. “ - Photo by Jasna Boudard (MFA)

Bertus Jordaan -Winner

“Exploring the quantum world using a forest of optics. In our quantum information technology lab, we use laser light to transmit tailored made quantum states to and from atomic experiments to store, retrieve and process quantum information. This picture shows a small snapshot of the optics that is required to do this.” - Bertus Jordaan (Physics & Astronomy)

Vivek Saxena - Winner

“A three-dimensional projection of a six-dimensional Calabi-Yau manifold, one of the most studied objects in string theory. These manifolds are used to study compactifications of our universe from 10 dimensions to 4 (observable) dimensions.” - Vivek Saxena (Physics)

2017-18 Runner-up

Karin Schweitzer - Winner 

“This is a photo of Kaitlin Willig helping to take down all the equipment placed on the R/V Seawolf for a sampling and mooring cruise in January 2018. We went out as part of an effort to document the biological and physical effects of the two marine sewer outfalls located off the coast of Long Island. Field research is full of long, tiring days but sometimes we are rewarded with beautiful views.” – Karin Schweitzer (SoMAS)

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