Cover Art Contest

The 2018 Cover Art contest, held in conjunction with Health Sciences Research Week, is open to all Research Week participants.  Students, post-doctoral researchers, staff and faculty are invited to submit mini-posters in the form of journal covers that emphasize a scientific finding, concept or image.   There will be two categories this year:  Scientific Humor and Creative Cover Art. 

Contest Rules:  

  1. Entries must be self-made, original and unpublished.
  2. Maximum of two entries per person, one per category.
  3. Submit entries online to: by Monday, April 2nd at 5:00 p.m.
  4. High-resolution files are preferred, but not required.
  5. By submitting an image, the submitter gives permission for CCOM to use the image for other purposes/projects including, but not limited to, public display, featured on our websites and/or use in institutional publications.
  6. Accepted entries should be printed on letter-size paper (landscape or portrait orientation) and posted in the MERF Atrium at an assigned cover art number by Tuesday, April 17 at 1:30 p.m.  Cover Art Numbers for posting images will be emailed by Friday, April 6th.
  7. Examples of cover art are available below.


Submission Process:  

Submissions should be submitted online at under "Health Sciences Research Week Cover Art Contest" by Monday, April 2nd at 5:00 pm. 

Questions can be directed to Sonya Housholder.

Scientific Humor:

  • It is preferred for entries to be related to your research.
  • The entry could be line art, a cartoon or a figure.  Text could also be present.
  • Entries will be judged by popular vote cast by the public at a reception booth in the MERF Atrium on April 17 and 18, 1:30-3:30 pm.
  • The top three entries will be awarded prizes.

Sample images of Scientific Humor:


Creative Cover Art:

  • Entries should be related to your research.
  • The art has to include at least these three parts.
    • Result(s) from your experiments (depicted, for example, as a line plot, contour plot, heat map, microscopy image, protein structure, etc).
    • A second conceptual layer that puts your results in context or highlights the "bigger picture".
    • Include the journal title "Health Sciences Research Week" at the top of the page. 
  • Tag lines are optional.
  • Posted artwork at Research Week should include a separate page with the description of your artwork, not to exceed five lines.
  • Entries will be judged by a panel of judges.
  • The top three entries will be awarded prizes.

Sample images of Creative Cover Art: