If you were a student, how would you depict the science you were studying? How would you describe it? The Science as Art contest asks, and answers, precisely that.

With support from a Strategic Initiatives Fund, the Science Learning Center (SLC) is sponsoring a Science as Art Contest for students. From 27 submissions in a range of media formats, the SLC will announce winners on January 31st from 3-5pm in the Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery. Take a look at some of the stellar entries here, described by student artists in their own words.


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Individuals with visual apperceptive agnosia are unable to group parts into wholes. In this artwork, I have illustrated a meadow scene in which parts of the flowers are disconnected. This is my representation of how those with visual apperceptive agnosia view the world. —Brenda Shih

This is my interpretation of our knowledge of the universe. The keys represent the secrets and truths in our world. The astronomer is reaching out, but cannot quite reach the keys.—Dana Demsky

Stress is a critical part of engineering. Here, I used the concept of internal stress to create a cross-sectional stress analysis of a beam, overlaid it on top of the figure's head, and used arrows to show the presence of stress inside.—Mary Haapalam

This work, inspired by the Allosaurus skeleton exhibit in the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, represents an informational placard that elaborates on a handful of modern discoveries and updated concepts surrounding our understanding of theropod dinosaurs.—Sonia Tagari

This collage demonstrates how the heart shape we so commonly associate with love can in fact exist in non-cardiac tissue. Taken from kidney, mammary-gland, liver, and prostate-gland tissue, these samples demonstrate how the heart shape lives structurally in other bodily organs.—Trisha Paul

Thrombocytopenia-absent radius (TAR) syndrome is the absence of the radius located in each forearm and occurs during the development process in the womb. My youngest brother is one of the one in 100,000 children who were unfortunate enough to inherit this disorder. Art is my way of spreading knowledge about TAR syndrome because images can give the most powerful message.—Michelina Risbeck

These are biodegradable nanoparticles loaded with Bovine Serum Albumin and Vitamin E Acetate. I took this image with a scanning electronic microscope. I had accidentally programmed one of the settings on the microscope incorrectly; my error gave the image this unique, shadowy appearance. This image represents an important part of both art and science: sometimes, mistakes can in fact be productive.