Cover Art Contest

RW2018 Cover Art Contest

The 2018 Cover Art contest, held in conjunction with Health Sciences Research Week, is open to all Research Week participants and all students, post-doctoral researchers, staff and faculty in the Carver College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, Institute for Clinical and Translational Science and the Iowa City VA Health Care System. Individuals are invited to submit mini-posters in the form of journal covers that emphasize a scientific finding, concept or image.   There are 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 Entries must be self-made, original and unpublished.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 (see below for specifics) 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. Artwork may be landscape or portrait in paper orientation.
  • 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:

   Ryan Adam 2017 Behnoush Khorsand 2017 Luis Vargas Buonfiglio 2017

Creative Cover Art:

  • Entries should be related to your research and must be portrait in paper orientation.
  • 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 but encouraged.
  • 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:

    Ryan Adam 2017 Nicholas Borcherding 2017 Kawther Ahmed 2017 Kathleen Sluka 2017