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Queen’s Partnerships and Innovation awards Innovation, Knowledge Mobilization, and Entrepreneurship Special Prize in Art of Research contest

Friday June 12, 2020

In it’s fifth anniversary of the Art of Research contest, Queen’s Partnerships and Innovation (QPI) created one of four special prizes that celebrate the diversity of research happening across the university, and is proud to announce the inaugural winner of this prize.

The contest began in February 2020, with the submission deadline ending on March 12, 2020. This year saw an overwhelming response to the call for images, with over 100 high quality submissions from a wide range of subjects. Any current Queen’s faculty, staff, student or alumni were eligible to participate. The research depicted in the submissions must have been completed at Queen’s or while the submitter was affiliated with the university.

For the announcement of the main category prize winners, please visit the story in the Queen’s Gazette

In addition to the main category prizes, QPI offered a special prize of $500 for Innovation, Knowledge Mobilization and Entrepreneurship for the submission that best demonstrates research that encompasses a spirit of the applied practices of innovation, entrepreneurship, and knowledge mobilization.

The winner of this special prize was Graduate Student, Lauren Welte (Mechanical and Materials Engineering) with her submission of “Propelling Research.”

Image description as submitted by Ms. Welte: Our feet contact the ground millions of times within our lifetime and yet we still don't completely understand how they function. Using dynamic x-ray video, we image foot bones in ways we could only previously imagine. Recent work has questioned several popular theories about soft tissue function in the arch. Ongoing research aims to understand healthy foot function to better inform treatments for foot pain. This research has the capacity to propel our understanding of foot function forward.