SHOWCASE YOUR WORK: U of T Libraries Graduate Student Exhibition Competition

Contest Winners Make the News

photo of award winners
Left to right: Sandhya Mylabathula, Tim Rappon and Nida Shahid, and Tracy Spurrier. Photos by Paul Terefenko.

On January 17, 2019, University of Toronto Libraries honoured the four winners of the inaugural Showcase Your Work competition at a well-attended awards ceremony. Sandhya Mylabathula, Tim Rappon and Nida Shahid, and Tracy Spurrier spoke about their projects following a welcome and introductions by Chief Librarian Larry Alford.

The Canadian Press wire service article about Tracy Spurrier’s winning exhibition on her discovery of a lost Mesopotamian queen garnered coverage by 77 media outlets coast to coast, including CTV News, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and The Hamilton Spectator.

Additional stories ran in U of T media, with Kinesiology covering Sandhya Mylabathula’s award for her exhibit on concussion research, while Nida Shahid’s and Tim Rappon’s exhibition on the application of neural network models to healthcare decision making was reported by the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.

Showcase Your Work: U of T Libraries Graduate Student Exhibition continues until the end of February in the first floor exhibition area of Robarts Library.


Oct 26, 2018

We are pleased to announce the winners of our exhibition competition. Congratulations to:

Nida Shahid & Tim Rappon for Applications of artificial neural networks in health care organizational decision-making

Sandhya Mylabathula for Concussions: The ‘impact’ of injury

Tracy Spurrier for Finding Hama: On the Identification of a Forgotten Queen Buried in the Nimrud Tombs

Stay tuned for more information about when you can catch their exhibits at Robarts Library in January 2019!

Calling all U of T graduate students!

Have you recently written an amazing paper or worked on a wonderful project? Do you have a creative visual eye?

U of T Libraries is giving you the chance to show off your creative chops  in an exhibit!  Take a research project you've already worked on, and turn these ideas in an eye-catching display.

Enter our inaugural graduate student exhibit contest winning projects will be featured at the Robarts Library in a special student exhibit, and up to three $1000 prizes will be awarded

Deadline: May 31, 2018, 11:59 EST.


Open to all current University of Toronto graduate students at the St. George, Mississauga, and Scarborough campuses. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Proposals may be submitted by either individuals or groups.


Three prizes of $1000, per exhibit proposal winning entry.

Note: The prize will be awarded at the discretion of the awards committee and all three prizes may not be awarded annually.


  1. The contest opens April 16, 2018 and runs until May 31, 2018. Winners will be contacted in Oct 2018.
  2. All University of Toronto graduate students who are current students at the time of submission are eligible to enter.
  3. Exhibits must be based on papers or projects created while a graduate student at the University of Toronto (Papers or projects completed for course work, thesis/dissertation, or research conducted while enrolled at the University of Toronto during Spring 2017/Summer 2017, Fall 2017 or Winter 2018 are eligible for submission). Eligibility will be considered at the discretion of the committee.
  4. Proposals and exhibits must be produced entirely by University of Toronto graduate students (no faculty, professional designers, etc).
  5. Proposals must include a letter of support from their supervisor/instructor.
  6. Prizes will be awarded per proposal (not per individual, regardless of the number of group members involved).
  7. The proposals will be evaluated by a panel of judges comprised of U of T library staff and faculty (see FAQ for evaluation criteria).
  8. The U of T Libraries reserves the right to take and use photographs of all exhibit materials in library communications.
  9. The winners of the award will be expected to participate fully in arranging an exhibition in Robarts Library, including some of the items listed in their bibliography.
  10. Final exhibit plan must be completed by Nov 30, 2018. Exhibits must be completed and mounted by Jan 11, 2019. Exhibits will be mounted for a 1-month duration and winners will be responsible to teardown by Mar 1, 2019.


  • Contest submission deadline: May 31, 2018 at 11:59pm
  • Completion date of final exhibit plan: Nov 30, 2018
  • Completion of exhibit mounting: Jan 11, 2019
  • Exhibit teardown: Mar 1, 2019
  • Prize Ceremony: January 2019 (date TBA)


Submit your entry via online entry form by May 31, 2018, at 11:59pm EST.