"Say it in 6" winners

Microbiology, MS Francesca Scala, 1st place Microbiology, MS
Student Affairs Administration and Leadership Ed.D. Chelsea O'Neil, 2nd place Student Affairs Administration and Leadership Ed.D.
Physical Therapy, DPT Danielle Malecha, 3rd place Physical Therapy, DPT
Athletic Training, MS Drew Schwarz, People's Choice Athletic Training, MS

Thank you to all who participated!

Check out the entries expanding section

Our 2022 "Say it in 6" competition featured 48 graduate student entries from 19 graduate programs! Grab a cup of coffee and scroll through these interesting and thoughtful contributions. 

Overview expanding section

Communication in the 21st century relies heavily on visual messaging. The "Say it in 6" competition helps graduate students develop visual communication skills, by requiring contributions limited to six words and a single image. 

The 2022 competition theme is borrowed from the title of our strategic plan for graduate education at UWL: Building momentum. 

Share a message about how that idea applies to your identity as a student, your personal life, your professional expertise, or your spiritual journey. What gives you energy, keeps you strong, moves you forward? How are you building momentum? 

Deadlines expanding section
  • Competition opens - Monday, October 17, 2022
  • Submission deadline - Tuesday, November 8, 2022
  • Online voting open - Thursday, November 10 - Wednesday, November 16, 2022
  • Winners announced - Monday, November 21, 2022
Guidelines expanding section

Entries must include:

  • An original image.
    • Your own photography or a photograph of your original artwork. A student may use a photo of themselves, with photographer permission.
      • 5.0 MB or higher quality is recommended; maximum file size is 16.0 MB.
      • Entries must be submitted as a JPEG (Please follow instructions in How to Enter below to ensure correct formatting).
      • Photo collages are permitted.
  • An original six-word statement 
    • Statement must be embedded within the image file (see details below for hints on how correctly format and submit your entry).
      • A hyphenated word counts as two words, but common acronyms will be treated as one word (e.g. UWL, ASAP).
      • If using hashtags, each word following # will be counted (i.e., #willbecounted would count as 3 words).
  • Entries should incorporate this year's theme:
    • Building momentum 
  • One entry permitted per individual. 
  • In addition to the requirements indicated above, Graduate & Extended Learning reserves the right to disqualify entries that do not meet university code of conduct standards (e.g., use of hateful, violent, attacking language/images; violation of FERPA or HIPAA protections; depictions of safety violations; plagiarism). Entries must reflect an appropriate level of professionalism in language and images as appropriate to promoting higher education and a state organization (e.g., correct spelling, clean language, non-sexualized images, etc.).
How to create your entry expanding section

If you don't regularly use graphics software, we recommend this approach:

  • To get started, use a blank PowerPoint slide
    • For correct sizing, in Powerpoint select - Design > Slide size > Widescreen (16:9)
  • Create your submission
    • Include your image/s & 6 words. You have a lot of creative room here, we can't wait to see what you come up with!
  • Save your entry
    • When you are finished, save the PowerPoint slide as a PDF
    • Open the PDF file and save as JPEG. Include your name as part of the file name. 
    • This JPEG will serve as your entry.
  • Submit your entry
    • One submission allowed per person
    • Entries must be submitted via the link on the website 
    • Be sure that your name is part of the file name you submit!
Judging expanding section

After the submission deadline, all entries will be viewable on the Graduate & Extended Learning website.

Judging Criteria

Originality & Creativity

  • Overall professional appearance
  • Unique or surprising
  • Effective connection to theme: Building Momentum

Storytelling & Impact

  • Captures viewer's attention
  • Tell a stimulating, moving, or memorable story
  • Words and image work together to create a message

Evaluation Process

Entries will be reviewed by a committee of five individuals selected by the Dean of Graduate & Extended Learning to represent a diversity of perspectives on graduate education. The committee will select the top three place-winners.

Online voting will be open to the general public for one week to determine the People's Choice award winner. Votes will be submitted via Qualtrics (one vote per email address). Competitor names and graduate programs will be shared during the online voting. A single competitor may be selected as a place winner by the selection committee and also be awarded the People's Choice.

Award winners will be announced on the Graduate & Extended Learning website.

Awards expanding section

Prizes will be awarded as scholarship payments to student accounts. If there is no balance due, a refund will be issued. 


1st Place: $350

2nd Place: $250

3rd Place: $150

People's Choice: $250