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Art of Science Contest

Join us on a journey where art meets science – cast your vote for the 2024 Art of Science Contest Community Favorite!


Contest Timeline

    • Submissions: CLOSED
    • Judging and Open Voting: May 20 to June 7
    • Exhibit: Fall 2024
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Prizes and Recognition

  • Each winning image in the four participant categories (undergraduate, graduate, postdoc, and faculty) will receive a cash prize of $75. Additionally, there's an open voting category where the winning image is chosen by members of our Triton community and the public.
  • Winning images will be exhibited at the Geisel Library.
  • Judge-selected images:
    • One winner from each participant category (undergraduate, graduate, postdoc, and faculty/project scientist) will receive a $75 prepaid Visa card.
    • Up to three honorable mentions (no monetary award).
  • Open voting selection (crowd nominated favorite): $75 prepaid Visa card.

Winning images will also be exhibited in Spotlight, the Library’s digital exhibit platform. All submissions will be preserved in the Library's Digital Collections repository. 


A panel of judges composed of faculty members, senior academic staff, and administrators will review all eligible entries.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Image: aesthetic excellence (captivating, stunning, and/or otherwise visually interesting) as well as scientific or technical interest.
  • Caption: the one-line caption should tantalize audiences, inspiring them to learn more about the research. It should use clear, concise language that is accessible to non-scientists.

A small group of UC San Diego Library administrators will tally votes and, in cases where the judge’s nominations do not coalesce around a clear winner, they will select one from among the top candidates.

Open 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 past winners, visit the Art of Science Contest digital exhibit at

Please direct questions about the contest to Abigail Pennington at

Image credit:  
Current page: Keunyoung Kim, "Mouse Retinal Ganglion Cells," 2021, Judges' Award, Faculty/Scientist Participant Category.
Previous page, "Explore" section: Adi Khen, "Bigeye Octopus Suckers," 2021, Open Voting Winner.