Art of STEM

The goal of the Art of STEM competetion is to highlight our STEM students’ endeavors in an exciting and appealing way. UGA Graduate and Undergraduate students were asked to submit photographic or illustrative images that relate to their research, classes, hobbies, or interests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Conceived as an outreach tool, winning entries should resonate with scientists and non-scientists alike.

This competition was open to current UGA Graduate and Undergraduate students only. All majors. Entries are limited to one per student.  This competition is currently limited to still visual art, i.e., photographs, illustrations, graphics. A panel of judges from across campus determined winners of this friendly competetion (no prizes) based on aesthetic impact, communication, and innovation. 

Entrants retain all copyright and equivalent rights but give UGA and the Office of STEM Education nonexclusive rights to use their names, likenesses, quotes, and submissions for educational publicity and/or promotional purposes. This includes, but is not limited to, website display, print materials, and exhibits.

2019 Art of STEM Results

Below are some submissions from the 2019 Art of STEM competition, you can find the full submissions and winners here.

 “Side-Scan Sonar” Cortney Bunch

Award of Excellence

“Side-Scan Sonar”

Cortney Bunch

Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Side-scan sonar is a tool that lets us view the bottom of water bodies like rivers. It uses sound waves to define rocks, trees, sand and fish underneath the water surface, even in muddy waters. The side-scan imagery is easily overlaid onto Google Earth imagery to produce the picture you see here. Sonar is very important because we can learn where large endangered fish species (like Atlantic Sturgeon) are when they reproduce. We can learn dates of use and specific characteristics of habitats the fish use, which informs essential management actions that help lead to recovery of these species. Collaboration with UGA Sturgeon Lab.

Special Merit Awards 

 Special Merit Awards “Diversity of Roots” Isabel Wargowsky  Odum School of Ecology “Channeling Andy Warhol for Bat Conservation” Kristen Lear  Warnell School Forestry and Natural Resources Integrative Conservation “Lovely Leukocytes” Alisha Muscatwala Veterinary Pathology

Special Merit Awards “The Beauty and Precision of Sports Analytics” Rui Li College of Engineering School of Electrical and Computer Engineering “Polylactide Moon” Sydney Nuckles  College of Veterinary Medicine Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

2017 Art of STEM Results

Below are some submissions from the previous Art of STEM competition in 2017, you can find the full submissions and winners here.


3-D Brain


The Irrational Genome




Salt Marsh




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