Wonders of Immunology – Student Art Competition
LJI is a scientific research institute in San Diego where creative researchers and staff come together to solve big problems in the immune system. Scientists here study diseases such as COVID-19, Ebola, Alzheimer’s, type 1 diabetes, cancers, asthma, allergies and much more.
This art competition is a chance for local students to celebrate immune system research and to inspire others to see the beauty in science! Students may enter a work of art that represents any aspect of health or medical research. LJI staff are happy to work with educators in the sciences or arts who would like to incorporate the competition into their lesson plans. We welcome entries using any visual media, including digital art, sculpture and photography.
Deadline for entry
Art pieces must be submitted by Monday, Apr. 8 at 11:59 PM to be eligible for judging. Access entry form here.
How the competition works
The competition is open to any student ages 10 to 18 attending elementary, middle, or high school in San Diego County.
There are two categories:
- Ages 10-13
- Must attend a school in San Diego County
- Must submit guardian permission form with entry. Download form here
- Ages 14-18
- Must attend a junior high or high school in San Diego County
- Must submit guardian permission form with entry if under 18 years old. Download form here
Teachers can also sign up on behalf of a group of students.
In addition to entering an art piece, all entrants will be asked to submit background information on their piece, including: the connection between the piece and science/health, why they choose their art medium, and what they learned about science during the process.
All finalists will have their work showcased in a virtual gallery hosted by La Jolla Institute for Immunology. The first prize winners from each category will receive the Ultimate Dual Microscope, manufactured by National Geographic. Each first prize winner will also receive a plaque from LJI.
Teachers may sign up for the competition on behalf of a group of students. LJI will then be in touch with information on how students can submit their art pieces. Projects completed in class can be submitted to the competition. We ask that students submit individual projects, as we do not have a separate category for group projects.