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Wild Bunch Data Visualization Competition

Vanderbilt University is hosting a data visualization competition for undergraduate and graduate and professional students. Data visualization is where classification meets conception: presenting objects, ideas, and data in a visual or nontraditional display that shows trends, outliers, and unique representations of information.

There will be a total of six student awards in two categories: Best Data Visualization by an Undergraduate Student and Best Data Visualization by a Graduate or Professional Student.

Prize money will be awarded as follows:

  • First Prize: $250.00
  • Second Prize: $100.00
  • Third Prize: $50.00

Submissions will be accepted from any discipline regardless of medium. Submissions may be digital or physical, but must be mobile and displayable in campus spaces. Submissions may be associated with classwork or represent independent study. Both individual and group submissions are welcome.

Examples of data visualization include traditional GIS mapping, 2D image maps, digital 3D visualizations, sculpture, music, and more. The best submissions will be creative, innovative, and facilitate a particular understanding of a topic through data synthesis.

This award opportunity is sponsored by the Wild Bunch Fund in association with the Places and Spaces Mapping Science Exhibit coming to Vanderbilt’s campus in spring 2016. For additional examples of data visualizations, please visit the Places and Spaces Mapping Science Exhibit website.

Submissions are due by 5pm, Friday, March 31, 2017. Digital submissions may be emailed or shared via Box to Celia Walker (, and physical submissions may be delivered to 308 Alumni Hall. Please include your full name, VUnetID, title (if faculty or staff), primary school affiliation, email address, and current phone number in your submission materials. Please also include a written description or summary of your submission no longer than one page.

 Awards will be distributed in April 2017.

 Please email with questions.