This university-wide competition, sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research, is designed to showcase our talented undergraduate scholars and artists through their creative expression depicting the energy and emotions of the interdisciplinary research experience at KSU.
Undergraduate student teams from all disciplines and across colleges are invited to create original works encompassing the connections between the arts and sciences under one of two themes:
- The Art of Science: Through an artistic lens, how do you visualize the sciences?
- The Science of Art: Through a scientific perspective, how do you express the arts?
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Rules and Eligibility
- Teams of two to four KSU undergraduates may collaborate on one entry with at least two different colleges represented on the team submission. No individual entries will be accepted.
- The entry must be the original work of the team members. Use of copyrighted material is not allowed.
- No more than three entries can be submitted per team. Each entry must be a separate submission.
- Entries can be submitted under the following categories:
- Visual Arts
- Only one theme and one category can be chosen per entry.
- Please look under entry categories for specific details.
The purpose of this competition is to promote original work by KSU student teams.
The use of any material (i.e. background music, stock images, etc.) must be obtained through the appropriate copyright channels (i.e. public domain) and does not infringe upon the rights of any third party. This material must be cited on the entry form.
Performance: Submissions in this category will take the form of a recording of an original performance. Various styles will be accepted, including storytelling, monologues, performance art, dance choreography, musical composition, and other interpretive styles. Team members must be the creators of the performance (i.e. writers, choreographers, composers, etc.) and can be the sole performers and/or include other KSU students not participating in the competition. The video should be at least 720p in video resolution, not exceeding 3 minutes in length, and should be submitted in either MP4 or AVI format.
Film: Submissions in this category will take the form of an original short film. Accepted short film styles include animation, narrative, documentary, experimental, or media presentation. Team members must be the creators of the film (i.e. screenwriters, cinematographers, editors, producers, etc.). Use of PowerPoint is prohibited. The video should be at least 720p in video resolution, not exceeding 3 minutes in length and should be submitted in either MP4 or AVI format.
Literature: Submissions in this category will take the form of an original fiction or non-fiction piece. This may include but is not limited to prose, reflective essay, screen or stage play script, narrative, or short story. The work should be no more than 2,000 words in length and should be submitted in DOC, DOCX or PDF format.
Poetry: Submissions in this category will take the form of an original fiction or non-fiction piece. This may include but not be limited to free verse, blank verse, rhymed poetry, sonnets, haiku, or any other forms of poetry that will be left to the poet’s discretion. The work should not exceed 50 lines and should be submitted in DOC, DOCX or PDF format.
Photography: Submissions in this category will take the form of an original digital image (no collages or collections). Image size should be between 3x5 inches and 8x10 inches. Digital editing techniques such as multiple exposure, negative sandwich, and photogram may be used. At least one team member must be the photographer. Images should be submitted in JPG, JPEG, GIF, PNG, or TIF format.
Visual Arts: Submissions in this category will take the form of an original fine or design arts. These may include but are not limited to archictectural drawings or models, ceramics, collage, digital graphics, crafts, drawing, clothes or jewelry, fiber work, mixed media, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Two-dimensional artwork should not exceed 24x30 inches in total size. Three-dimensional artwork should not exceed 18x18x18 inches in total size. Physical objects will be submitted digitally via a photograph if applicable. Multiple photographs compiled in one PDF file can be submitted for 2D and 3D artwork. Acceptable file formats include JPG, JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIF, or PDF.
Looking for Teammates?
One way for you to find collaborators is to make a post on either Instagram or Twitter using the #KSUResearchArt hashtag. This allows you to be able to network with a broader range of KSU students from various disciplines.
In this post, be specific about your skills and which entry category for which you would like to submit. If applicable, you might share an image that depicts the skills you are describing in the post. The Office of Undergraduate Research will be monitoring the hashtag on Twitter and Instagram and can help make connections as needed.
Selection Criteria and Prizes
Judges will consist of senior administrators at KSU and community members. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for any reason. Selection criteria include adherence to contest prompt, creativity and originality of work, free of technical error, integration of artistic or scientific concepts in the submission based on theme chosen, and overall effect and impact on audience.
The judging rubric is as follows:
Cash prizes (to be split amongst winning team members) will be awarded as follows:
- First place - $2500
- Second place - $1500
- Third place - $1000
Submission Process and Deadline
Entries must be submitted via this online form by Monday, November 1, 2021, no later than 11:59 P.M.
Winning teams will be publicly recognized during the fall edition of the Symposium of Student Scholars that will take place on November 18 as a hybrid event on Microsoft Teams and the Marietta campus. To allow for winning submissions to be displayed at the event, if applicable, teams will be contacted earlier that week.
The winning entries will also be on display in the Interdisciplinary Research Center, the new headquarters for the Office of Undergraduate Research, of the Academic Learning Center during the spring 2022 semester.