Unexpected Discoveries
THIS is Why I'm in Grad School
Why My Research Matters


Overall Winner 

Erin Blauvelt, "Embrace the disassembly of your expectations"
Embrace the disassembly of your expectations

In my research, I work with a duality out of string theory, referred to as holography. String theory is our best candidate for a theory that can describe things like black holes and the early universe where the energy density is very very high. The most basic building blocks in this theory are strings, which are smaller than atoms or even quarks. Directly detecting something that small is not likely to happen in the near future. Yet, this duality out of the framework of string theory has had recent unexpected applications to materials that could help us build new technologies, like next-generation computers. You probably won't be able to guess where fundamental physics research will take us in 20 years. Embrace the disassembly of your expectations.

- Erin Blauvelt


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Unexpected Discoveries: Winners

Mom, Im moving to Norway!

3rd place - Tracy Davis

Unexpected Discoveries: Submissions

THIS is Why I'm in Grad School: Winners

Goal: Be my own role model

1st Place - Christian Torres

So I can honor their sacrifice

2nd Place - Raquel Sosa

Fulfilling a promise to younger me

3rd Place - Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno

THIS is Why I'm in Grad School: Submissions

Why My Research Matters: Winners

Illustrating the beauty of queer faith

1st Place (tie) - Jimmy Hamill

Savage inequalities: Equality is not equity

1st Place (tie) - Olivia Rich

Ocean of opportunities #climatechange

2nd Place - Sudharsan Kalidoss

Empower women. End violence. Bring peace.

3rd Place - Masuma Moravej

Why My Research Matters: Submissions