University of Tennessee
Materials Science & Engineering Department

Science As Art Awards Ceremony
Knoxville, TN, November 1, 2023

The local student chapter of Materials Research Society (MRS) in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee hosted a "Science As Art" event, in which undergraduate and graduate researchers were invited to contribute visualizations of their scientific work that possessed an artistic appeal.

Six of the works were put on public display at Hodges Library based on selections made by a panel of judges. An evening soiree was held for viewing the artworks, socializing and announcing the winners of the competition.

Among the works displayed was "Adding Titanium...Lucky or unlucky?" by MSE PhD student Syeda Bushra Haider.

Also hanging in the august halls of Hodges Library was "Rainbow Grains" by MSE PhD student Elizabeth Heon.

The artwork was also made available online for a People's Choice Award.

The winner of the People's Choice Award was "Extracellular Enzymes: The Arctic's Microscopic Polar Bears" by Earth and Planetary Sciences graduate student Jake Perez.

The third place award as determined by the panel of judges went to "Convergence of a Monte Carlo Spiral" by Nuclear Engineering graduate student Hayden Sutton.

The second place award went to "The Prismatic Bridge" by MSE PhD student Cotton Pekol.

The first place award went to "Ghosts of Fibers Past" by MSE MS student Melanie Moczadlo.

A gallery of all the artwork submitted by UTK graduate and undergraduate students, along with their very insightful one-hundred-word abstracts describing the science behind the art is posted here.

Many thanks to all the students who contributed their art. Thanks also to the local MRS chapter for organizing the event and the judges who took the time to review the artworks.

More photos on the Keffer research group site.