EM:IP Cover Graphic/Data Visualization Competition Winners

By Megan Welsh posted 04-10-2020 15:36


ZCui.jpgZhongmin Cui, ACT

“I was wondering if it would be possible to submit a visualization I had created for my dissertation.” – I received this message on the first day when we announced the 2020 EM:IP Cover Graphic/Data Visualization Competition. The interest and enthusiasm from our members have led to a great harvest this year – 18 in total. A huge THANK YOU to all the participants!

All submissions are creative and informative. Topics include, but are not limited to, test speediness, test navigation, score bias, response time, dimensionality, and connection among research papers. I wish EM:IP could publish more issues each year so that we could select more winners for the covers. Before that, we can only select four after a difficult decision. And this year’s winners are:

  • Visualizing Test Speededness with Item Response Time, Position, and Difficulty

By Meghan Sullivan, University of Kansas | Bozhidar M. Bashkov, American Board of Internal Medicine


  • The musical relative of the boxplot

By Aron Fink, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Germany


  • 20 Years of Research in Educational Measurement

By W. Jake Thompson, ATLAS, University of Kansas


  • Where Data Meets Assumptions: Visualization of Multiple-Choice Item Response Time

By Juanita Hicks, American Institutes for Research | Ruhan Circi, American Institutes for Research | Emmanuel Sikali, National Center for Education Statistics

Congratulations to the winners!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank William Lorié and Susan Davis-Becker for coordinating the announcement, Matthew Gaertner for posting the webpage, Erin O’Leary for broadcasting the email, and Megan Welsh for sharing the news. The EM:IP editorial board did the heavy lifting of rating the submissions. I am so grateful for working with such a supportive editorial board – every board member turned in their assignments. I would also like to thank EM:IP Editor-in-Chief Deborah Harris. Her leadership, encouragement, and support are highly appreciated.  

This year’s competition is officially closed, but the competition is not. The closing of this year marks the starting of next. For a baby, it takes about nine months from conception to birth. Now is the perfect time to get your idea conceived; nine months later, we will be waiting for the delivery. As I shared in a LinkedIn post, “A picture worth a thousand words. We want your thousand words in a picture!”

And, a visualization from your dissertation is absolutely welcomed.