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Art of Science Contest

Data curators at the UC San Diego Library have the privilege of working with researchers from a wide range of scientific disciplines as they prepare data for the Library's Research Data Collections repository. The visually stunning nature of some of these research data sets has inspired the Library's Research Data Curation Program (RDCP) to host its second annual Art of Science contest, which aims to celebrate and bring awareness to the beauty that can emerge during scientific exploration.

For the 2021 and 2022 contests, we invited campus researchers to submit images related to their research. This year we are asking the UC San Diego and San Diego communities to vote on images deposited in the Library’s Research Data Repository

Like last year, 2023 contest winning images will be exhibited at the San Diego Natural History Museum, in the Sally T. WongAvery Library Breezeway, and on the Library’s digital exhibit platform, Starlight

Public Voting

Anyone with a PollUnit Art of Science contest link can vote for a single favorite image. The image with the most number of “likes” will be designated as the Open Voting winner.

To view 2022 and 2021 contest winners, visit the Library's Starlight digital exhibit, go to

For marketing partners: Art of Science Marketing Toolkit.

Please direct questions about the contest to Abby Pennington at

Image credit:
Main Research Data Curation page: Adi Khen, Bigeye Octopus Suckers, 2021 Open Voting Winner
Keunyoung Kim, Mouse Retinal Ganglion Cells, 2021 Judges' Award Winner, Participant Category Faculty/Scientist