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Nature has always astounded those who study it scientifically, with the complex yet elegantly simple beauty of its designs. The image that one sees—whether looking through a microscope into a single cell or peering through a telescope at a vast galaxy—is sometimes as aesthetically pleasing as a Monet or a Rembrandt. The goal of the Art of Science Competition is to explore and illuminate the aesthetic beauty that results when science, art, and technology intersect.

People's Choice Poll

Vote for your favorite submission! Voting will be open to anyone in the University of Rochester community and will be limited to one person, one vote. The poll will open after the submission period has ended.


2022 Call for Entries

The 2022 competition will give consideration to the artistic representation of science, technology, engineering, math, and sustainable themes. Entries with a focus on creativity and uniqueness will be favorably considered.


  • Photographs, illustrations, visualizations, renderings, and posters are welcome.
  • Entries must connect to the theme of STEM.
  • Entries must be high resolution images (300 dpi) in JPEG format and at least 3,000 pixels wide on the longest edge.


Students only:

  • First place—$1000
  • Second place—$500
  • Third place—$250

Student, faculty, and staff:

  • People's Choice: $250

Winning entries will be permanently displayed in the Carlson Library.

Dates and Deadlines

The deadline for submissions is March 18, 2022.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, winners may be announced online.

How to Submit

Use our online submission form to enter. Entries must be high resolution images (300 dpi) in JPEG format and at least 3,000 pixels wide on the longest edge.

Submissions will be accepted from January 1 through March 18, 2022.

Note: All entries, once submitted, are final and cannot be edited. Contest coordinators reserve the option to remove submissions deemed inappropriate. One entry per person.


Contact Brian McIntyre and the Art of Science team at



The winning image by University of Rochester environmental health major Alexandria Raab ’21 shows urea—the main component of urine—when the crystalline compound has been melted and recrystallized at room temperature. She titled the image, taken on her iPhone, "Psychedelic Urea."

View all of the 2020 winners >