Every year, Caltech’s literary and arts magazine Totem hosts the Art of Science competition.
This contest celebrates the intersection of art and science and the way in which art can be used to inform science. We accept any science-related art, from microscopy to digital art to paintings to hand-made crafts.
This year, we received two quilts and a necklace as submissions! Last year, we also had a collection of really interesting science-based earrings. The earrings were in the shape of chicken embryos, drosophila ovaries, and more. I love all the creative submissions we get, as well as the range of Caltech community members that submit, from undergrads to JPL staff – it’s really quite amazing.
This year, we paired up with the Graduate Student Council’s Art Contest to display artwork together in Chandler. Their art contest accepts any type of art, so it was a great combination of science and non-science related artwork. At our opening night, we had a crowd of hundreds of people show up!
In addition to having artwork along the walls in Little Chandler, we had easels set up in the main dining area, and even a red carpet.
The piece below is an annotated image of a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch, and the piece below that is a GFP necklace which lights up! It’s really very cute.
To find the current exhibition and find out more about the contest, visit our website here.
My favorite part about Caltech is the Houses! The easiest way to describe them is as Hogwarts houses: each has their own personality and group of people and the first thing you do at Caltech is go through a “sorting” process. The people are what makes the Houses at Caltech so great. As a frosh, it’s amazing to be able to come in and immediately have a group of 100+ people to support you. Because the Houses have students from every grade, you make friends with upperclassmen and can ask for help on tons of things like:
It’s crazy to think that it has been four years now since I was applying to college. I remember it vividly. This week we’re spending some time reflecting on our personal admissions processes, and how we ended up at Caltech. There’s one question though that I wanted to spin out into a separate post: “what advice would you give to the admitted class of 2025?” And I think the best way to do this is to tell a more detailed story than I did in my other post.
These past six months have been a whirlwind- from having to move out of Caltech housing in March within a week’s notice due to COVID-19, to starting the first term of my junior year, I’ve definitely experienced a lot of change. When I went home in March, it was to a completely new state-my family moved from Chino, CA to New Jersey in January (great timing, huh?). While I missed seeing my friends from home, it was fun to have the chance to explore a completely new place. The pandemic obviously limited what I could see and do, but I got to experience walks through nature and along rivers normally foreign to a SoCal native and had some time to focus on bioinformatics research for the lab I work with on campus.