Call for entries: “Art of the Immune System” Competition
The La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) invites San Diego County students grades 9-12 to enter the Art of the Immune System Student Competition.
LJI is a research institute in San Diego where creative researchers and staff come together to solve big problems in immune system research. Scientists here study diseases such as COVID-19, Ebola, type 1 diabetes, cancers, allergies and much more.
This art competition is a chance for local high school students to learn about immune system research and inspire others to see the beauty in science!
How the competition works:
The competition is open to any public high school student in San Diego County. Teachers can also sign up on behalf of a group of students. Entrants must fill out the online SIGN UP FORM
To inspire your work, we have arranged a series of live Q&A sessions with researchers here at LJI. All sessions will be held via Zoom. Sessions will be recorded and made available to students who cannot attend a live Q&A. Teachers: please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a live Q&A for your classroom.
- Thursday, Nov. 2, 3:30 PM: “Helping the immune system fight cancer” a Q&A with LJI Postdoctoral Researcher Dr. Isaac F. López-Moyado
- Monday, Nov. 8, 1:00 PM: “Immune cells vs. lung cancer” a Q&A with LJI Postdoctoral Researcher Dr. William Pandori
- Monday, Nov. 15, 3:30 PM: “Curing heart disease” a Q&A with LJI Professor Dr. Klaus Ley
- Monday, Dec. 6, 3:30 PM: “The science of diabetes” a Q&A with LJI Postdoctoral Researcher Dr. Estefania Quesada Masachs
- Monday, Jan. 24, 3:30 PM: “What I’ve learned about COVID-19” a Q&A with LJI Research Assistant Professor Dr. Daniela Weiskopf
Following the Q&As, students can create a work of art that represents any aspect of health or medical research. We welcome entries using any visual media, including digital art, sculpture and photography. Students may want to depict the immune cells discussed, the effects of a disease or even the scientific team involved in the research.
- Competition opens: Oct. 1, 2021
- Competition sign up closes: Jan. 1, 2022. This is the last day to send in your information and sign up for a scientist Q&A.
- Entries due Feb. 15, 2022
- Winners announced Feb. 28, 2022
All finalists will have their work showcased in a virtual gallery hosted by the La Jolla Institute for Immunology.
The first, second and third place winners will have their work printed in LJI’s Immune Matters magazine, which reaches more than 8,000 households across the country.
The first place winner will also receive an iPad and a one-year sponsorship from LJI to join The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, a global non-profit professional organization for all artists who work in the realm of visual science communication.