It’s time to enter the Science Comic Strip Competition!

powSPREAD THE WORD! It’s time again to enter the Science Comic Strip Competition hosted by ASCB’s Committee for Students and Postdocs (COMPASS)!

Maybe you’ve spent hours laughing at PhD comics or #whatweshouldcallgradschool and you are inspired to create your own science comic (and if you’ve never heard of them, I’m sorry for the hours of time that you will now waste). This is your chance to share your science and show your sense of humor with colleagues and the community! Sketch, draw, or design a funny moment, an interesting perspective, or any creative idea that pertains to science in comic strip or meme format. Gain inspiration from previous winners from 2015 and 2014.

Submit by October 15, 2016 for a chance to win a $300, $200, or $100 prize!!! The winning comic will be posted on the ASCB website and highlighted at this year’s annual meeting in San Francisco, CA.

Who can participate?

  1. The competition is open to all members of the American Society for Cell Biology. Entrants must be members at the time of submission.
  2. Only one entry per person is allowed.
  3. The subject matter of competition entries is flexible but must be of relevance to researchers in cell biology.

How do I submit?

Submit your entry to cszalinski@ascb.org by October 15, 2016.

Other information

Entries will be anonymized prior to judging. A committee of 5 judges consisting of ASCB members will evaluate the entries.

The winning comics may be published or used in ASCB official material.

Entries that do not conform to the entry requirements will be disqualified.

Prizes: 1st place = $300, 2nd place = $200, 3rd place $100

About the Author:


Ashley Rowland is a postdoctoral fellow in Michael Rape's lab at the University of California at Berkeley studying ubiquitin regulation. She is interested in understanding the regulatory mechanisms that control neural developmental programs and cell fate. She earned her PhD with Gia Voeltz at the University of Colorado at Boulder using live-cell microscopy to uncover coordinated functions between the ER and endosomes. In addition to her research she is passionate about improving STEM education and advocating for diversity and access. Email: ashleyrowland@berkeley.edu Twitter: @AshAnnRowland
Christina Szalinski is a science writer with a PhD in Cell Biology from the University of Pittsburgh.

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