Submissions now open for 9th annual Materials Visualization Competition

February 16, 2017 [Penn State News]

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The ninth annual Materials Visualization Competition (MVC9), a scientific visual and artistic competition sponsored by Penn State's Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE) and the Materials Research Institute (MRI), is now accepting submissions. Deadline for submissions is March 19.

The MVC was created to celebrate the quality of research in materials at Penn State. The goal of the competition is to increase awareness of materials science through the creativity and visualization of our researchers. Competition is open to all Penn State faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students and postdoctoral scholars working on materials-related topics.

Images will be judged in three categories: scientific, visual and computation/modeling. Cash prizes will be awarded to the best in show, plus the first, second and third place winners in each category.

Images in the scientific category should be submitted in their purest form. Images may be cropped and adjusted for exposure/contrast but should otherwise not be altered/retouched.

Images in the visual category should be visually compelling and may be altered to enhance the work. Examples of acceptable enhancement include altering color, cropping, adjusting saturation or contrast, and adding color to black and white images. The final work should maintain the scientific integrity of the original.

Images in the computation/modeling category are meant to convey the power of simulation and modeling software to demonstrate materials and materials systems. They should be computer-generated and visually appealing with a message for the viewer.

All images will be judged by a panel defined by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Materials Research Institute. After deliberation, the panel will choose ten winning images. Full details regarding image submission, participation guidelines and awards can be found online at

For more information, contact Andrea Kohler at