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6th Annual Mahato Memorial Image Contest Blooms

Stefan Roberts, a biomedical engineering doctoral student, took first place with a striking image of a wildflower's stamen and pistil

The 6th Annual "Envisioning the Invisible" Mahato Memorial Photo Contest took place on the evening of Thursday, April 21. Taking first place this year was Stefan Roberts, a biomedical engineering doctoral student whose striking image of a wildflower's stamen and pistil wowed the judges. All the intriguing entries will be displayed in the Fitzpatrick Center atrium over the coming year.

Coordinated by our Engineering Graduate Student Council, the contest is designed to help explore and explain the world around us. Each year, Duke faculty, staff and students are invited to submit their best images for consideration. Besides awarding four cash prizes, the Mahato committee chooses a number of photos to be displayed in an art installation in FCIEMAS.

The competitive fellowship is a merit-based award consisting of a one-year, $5,000 salary supplement, and is open to all Pratt PhD students regardless of year of matriculation or citizenship. The criteria are intentionally broad to emphasize and celebrate Pratt's diverse student community.

The Mahato Memorial event honors Abhijit Mahato, a former engineering graduate student who was tragically murdered on Friday, January 18, 2008. He valued activities that bridged the gaps between the science/engineering and social sciences/humanities disciplines, including sports, chess and photography. By holding this multi-disciplinary image contest, Pratt hopes to celebrate Abhijit's life by bringing together the graduate and professional community at Duke in a wonderful display of their talents and some friendly competition.