Images of Research: Community and Impact

To showcase the diverse research taking place at the U of S, a photography and imaging contest was launched called Images of Research. U of S students, staff, faculty and alumni were invited to submit visual depictions and brief descriptions of their research, scholarly, or artistic work.

By University Communications
Following a review of nearly 90 submissions by multidisciplinary judging panels, winners were selected in four categories, plus one category voted on by the public.

Here are the winning photos in the Community and Impact category.

1st place (pictured above): "Working Towards a Better Education for Girls in Tanzania" by Kelsi Toews (undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Science). This is an example of the girls' dormitories at Mnara Secondary School in the Lindi/Mtwara region of Tanzania.  The dorms lack proper windows, doors, electricity, water, and beds, which are to be provided by the government. The girls sleep 10-12 to a room with many of them sleeping on the floor, as the majority of the rooms are incomplete. Lack of sleep, personal space, and lighting to complete homework are only a few of the negative effects that these living conditions have on the girls. My research is focused on identifying factors that make it difficult for girls to excel and complete their secondary education, over and above traditional role expectations such as cooking, farming, and wood gathering. By working to identify these factors my research aims to bring awareness and resources to areas such as Mnara, to improve the quality of education, positively impact the girls' lives, and help them in their pursuit of secondary and high school education.

Datta-How_to2nd place: "How to Make Traditional Cloths (Elder Teaching Youth)" Ranjan Datta (graduate student in the School of Environment and Sustainability). Elder is teaching youth how to make traditional cloths in the Laitu Khyeng Indigenous Community, Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), Bangladesh.