The Art of STEM - 2017 Inaugural Competition




During spring 2017, the UGA Office of STEM Education solicited submissions for an inaugural ‘Art of STEM’ competition, with the goal of highlighting STEM students’ endeavors in an exciting and appealing way. Students were encouraged to submit photographic or illustrative images that relate to their research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Conceived as an outreach tool, winning entries resonate with scientists and non-scientists alike. A panel of judges from across campus determined winners based on aesthetic impact, communication, and innovation. Finalists will be featured at the 2017 STEM Institute at UGA on March 28th, and their art will be professionally printed and displayed at the Science Learning Center on south campus. 

The Office of STEM Education wishes to thank this year's panel of judges for their input and guidance of this inaugural event. They are:

  • Brad Gilleland, Medical Illustrator, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Chris Garvin, Professor of Art and Design, Lamar Dodd School of Art
  • Maite Ghazaleh, Doctoral Student, Environmental Health Science
  • Kecia Thomas, Senior Associate Dean, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kyleigh Weaver, Facilities Manager, Science Learning Center
  • Tracy Coley, Public Relations Coordinator, OVPI
  • Nicole Kim, UGA Alumna, Graphic Artist
  • Ramana Pidaparti, Professor, College of Engineering
  • Andrew Salinas, Program Coordinator, Terry College of Business

Tim Burg recognizes artists Rudy Montayre and Man Aw as 'Award of Excellence' recipients for their work entitled '3D Printed Brain' at the 2017 UGA STEM Institute. They are joined at left by Dr. Zion Tse, College of Engineering.

Artist Jorge Olivares receives a 'Special Merit Award' for his work entitlted 'The Irrational Genome' at the 2017 UGA STEM Institute.


Has your STEM research or coursework led to the creation of art? Perhaps you have captured an image with a microscope or created an appealing illustration or graphic depicting a scientific concept. If you have generated something that represents the 'Art of STEM', we encourage you to submit your work for this inaugural competition. Winning entries will be featured at the 2017 STEM Institute in March and displayed at the Science Learning Center for the UGA community to enjoy.


  • Open to current UGA students only
  • One submission per student
  • Photographs, illustrations, graphics accepted
  • Format: JPG, GIF, PNG
  • Entries due February 17th
  • Please submit files in square aspect ratio. Winning entries will be printed on 4'x4' sentra board.

Questions? Email tburg {at} uga dt edu