Current Contests

Art of Science

Flyer for event

Flyer for literary AoS submissions

Art of Science is a celebration of the aesthetics of scientific research and the way in which science and art inform each other. We hope to encourage the appreciation of this connection and provide an opportunity for members of the Caltech community to share the beauty of their work with others. Prizes are open only to undergraduates and graduate students, but works submitted by Caltech post-docs, faculty, and staff will still be considered for display in the exhibit. Entries to the competition can be submitted at www.artofscience.caltech.edu until April 9, 2018. Exhibitions from previous years' competitions are also available for viewing on the website.

Submissions may include imagery created in the course of research, or 2D/3D art forms based on scientific subjects, tools, or concepts. They should consist of one or more images or videos along with a caption to explain the context of the piece. For microscope or telescope images, please include each image's dimensions in its description. Selected entries will be displayed in the Art of Science gallery in Chandler along with the three winning submissions.

Prizes will be awarded for best entries in the following amounts:

First Place - $250.00
Second Place - $150.00
Third Place - $100.00

Totem is also introducing a literary category for the Art of Science 2018 competition!

Submissions should include science-related content, such as topics that inspire or create wonder, the experience of doing science and research, scientific concepts or questions, etc.

We will accept creative written work in any format or genre, but the contest is not open to technical texts written for experts (e.g. journal articles, technical reports). Please submit writing with an educated audience in mind that may not have technical scientific expertise.

Prizes are open only to undergraduates and graduate students, but works submitted by Caltech post-docs, faculty, and staff will still be considered for display in the exhibit. Entries to the competition can be emailed to totem@caltech.edu until April 9, 2018.

1st place: $100
2nd place: $75

Past Contests

2017-2018 | Haiku and Photo Contest

"BURNT OUT" by Rosita Fu and Neymika Jain

2016-2017 | Emotion Contest

'kid, you're a star' by Sandra Ning

'By Bicycle' by Drew Schaeffer

2015-2016 | Discovery Contest

"What She Found There" by Denise Schmitz

2015-2016 | Dreams Contest

literary: "The Loveliest Vision in This Dark World" by Denise Schmitz

literary runner-up: "If GFP Were Emeralds" by Heidi Klumpe

visual: "Rewind: Dreams Almost Lost" by HyeJoon Lee

2014-15 | Love Poetry Contest

Love Poetry Contest

2012-13 | Magnetic Poetry Contest