Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of image is appropriate to submit?

Anything produced in the process of performing research. Examples include microscope photographs, telescope photographs, still images from video cameras, IR cameras, high-speed cameras, simulation results, 3-D renderings, data plots, and mathematical visualizations, etc. In additition, photographs of physical objects related to science are eligible.  We solicit original images made during the scientific process, not images inspired by science.

What do you mean by this year's theme of "Connections?"

Some areas of research involve obvious "connections." Neural networks, for example, or the Internet. In other areas of research connections are more nuanced but just as valid. Fractal patterns in nature, the deterioration of architectural monuments due to the effects of acid rain, bridges, the wake that a jet of cool air generates as it passes through a hot flame, a qubit, the chemical signals than induce embryonic development. These all fit into our theme of "connections."

How broadly to you interpret this year's theme?

We interpret this theme broadly – in fact, so broadly that if you don’t think this theme applies to your work please go ahead and submit it anyway and let us figure out whether/how it applies to the theme. In fact, we dare you to come up with a subject that does not involve connections in some way shape or form.

What do you want to know in the "image/scale" question of the submission form?

Please let us know what kind of image it is and how it was created (computer simulation software? scanning electron microscope?) We'd also like to know the physical scale of the object(s). Sometimes it is difficult to tell whether an image is a nanometer across or a kilometer across. So it is important that you identify the scale.

What do you mean by "print ready"?

We will endeavor to ensure that all images that make it to the exhibition are displayed in the best possible manner, so please submit the highest resolution possible of the original image.

Can I submit images in a format other than JPG?

No. Please submit JPG images. If you are concerned about compression artifacts, use "high quality" settings. If your image originated in a different format and converting to JPG causes visual degredation, please indicate in the description box on the submission form that the other format is available for the exhibition.

What if I have an image from a scientific instrument that is low resolution?

Submit it! If it makes it to the exhibition we'll print it out in a suitable size based upon the resolution and display it along with the rest of the images.

Can I submit more than one image?


Who is eligible to participate?

This competition is open to the Princeton University community,
which we mean broadly. This includes students, staff, faculty, and alumni.
Just describe your connection in the "affiliation" part of the submission form.

What about alumni? I graduated from Princeton, am I eligible to submit?


How did the Art of Science competition begin?

A group of artists and scientists from the Princeton University community got together with the idea that fostering interdisciplinary cooperation between scientists and artists at Princeton would enrich the academic experience for everyone. One goal was to encourage the engineering and scientific community to think of their own work in aesthetic terms. Andrew Moore, Alex Halderman, Kati Lovasz and Adam Finkelstein founded the first Art of Science competition in 2005, and they were joined by Perry Cook and Jonathan Harris to organize the second competition in 2006.

Who designed the Art of Science logo?

Well, actually, we are recycling the beautiful Art of Science logo from 2006, which was created by Jonathan Harris.

What if I have a question that is not answered here?

Please email the organizers at artofsci@princeton.edu.

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