In our final interview of IOR Where are They Now? we catch up with Katrina Aranas. Images of Research is accepting submissions for the 2021 competition and exhibition between January 25 and February 12, 2021. See IOR’s website for official rules and FAQs.
What did you learn about yourself or your research while you created your IOR image?
Creating my image for IOR reminded me that research has an impact on the world beyond academia. I learned that there are many different avenues of disseminating my research to the public, and that mobilizing knowledge is as important as conducting robust research. IOR helped me explore and learn about unique ways of thinking about my research and how it can be presented to an audience outside my research domain.
How did IOR boost your professional and academic skills?
IOR helped me boost my professional and academic skills by challenging me to think outside the box. As well, IOR helped me share my research with other scholars and the general public through an image. I believe that research impact should be maximized and be communicated as widely as possible. IOR is one avenue that opens the door for this.
What is your advice to researchers who are considering entering the competition in 2021?
IOR is a competition that allows you to utilize your creativity. Make sure to highlight the strength and impact of your research and to take the perspective of your target audience as you create your image and description. Last but not least, have fun with it!
What’s next for you and your research?
I am pursuing my doctoral degree at the University of Alberta. I intend to continue my research in exploring physical activity as a potential alternative or adjunct treatment to current treatment options for ADHD while also taking every opportunity to disseminate my research to the public.