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About Art in Science

Art in Science highlights cutting-edge research across disciplines—engineering, biological sciences, chemistry, art preservation and more—at the University of Delaware.

Through art, we aim to engage and educate the local community about the research taking place at the University of Delaware and its potential impact on local, national, and international communities. We hope to instill a sense of pride and connection between the University and local residents. We also include students from local schools to spark interest in STEM education, especially among underrepresented student populations.

Art in Science is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and UD’s College of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, and Department of Biomedical Engineering. 


The Art in Science reception scheduled to be held May 3, 2020 has been canceled.

Thank you to everyone who submitted to Art in Science this year! We had a very exciting time selecting pieces from over 140 images submitted from over 80 scientists. Researchers throughout UD from over 15 departments, including Chemistry and Biochem, Plant and Soil Sciences, Biology, Engineering, Geography, Marine Science, Art & Design, Neuroscience, Animal and Food Sciences, Psychology, Business, Physics, Nursing, and many more contributed! We’re glad to see such a spectrum of scientists and artists.

Outreach Events

Sanford 2019 Outreach

Art and Science invited students from The Sanford School for a day of science and campus tours! The students were given tours of the facilities in the Harker Lab at UD. They specifically enjoyed seeing the scientists geared up in the NanoFab. Graduate and undergraduate students volunteered to give the students a module on how to design nanoparticles for cancer treatment. Students then made their own nanoparticles to target a specific cancer. Students were also able to examine a variety of samples under a light microscope, along with common place items they brought from home.

Serviam 2019 Outreach

Art and Science volunteered with Women in Engineering with their Engineering Module at the nearby Serviam Girl’s Academy. Serviam is a tuition-free, independent Catholic middle school. Last year Art in Science lead the girls through a pendulum module. This year we discuss the concept of origami in nature and used DNA’s helical structure as an example. The girls then created their own DNA helices out of paper!

Ag Day 2019


Blog Posts

2019 Francis Collins Visit

2019 Francis Collins Visit

We were very excited to host Dr. Francis Collins from the National Institute of Health this year! He has been an incredible supporter of our work, which has been discusses multiple times on his blog. It was a pleasure to show him the artwork created by UD's own...

2019 Submissions – Thank you

2019 Submissions – Thank you

Thank you all for you submissions this year! We've received over 100 submissions from over 10 various departments at the University of Delaware. We were very excited to see such diversity and representation through the images. We have just selected our exhibition for...

Art in Science 2018 Opening Night

Art in Science 2018 Opening Night

Art in Science held an opening night celebration at the Blue Ball Barn in Wilmington, Delaware, on Friday, May 4, 2018. The event was made possible by Professor John Slater (Biomedical Engineering), his event committee, and all of the researchers who submitted...

NIH Director’s Blog Feature

NIH Director’s Blog Feature

One of our archived artworks was once again selected to be featured by Dr. Francis Collins on the NIH Director’s Blog! The featured art Salivary Amylase (2016) was captured via confocal microscopy by Swati Pradhan-Bhatt. “Release of salivary enzyme alpha-amylase from...

Waxing From Crescent to Supermoon

Waxing From Crescent to Supermoon

You may have noticed this weekend, and over the past week, the moon was particularly bright. This was because just yesterday on Sunday a supermoon occurred, lighting up the sky. A supermoon is a phenomenon that occurs when the moon is full and near its perigee, which...


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