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Student Chemistry Cartoon Competition

Activity by Jim McQuillan   |   added on Dec 16, 2010   |   International Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): Division of Physical and Biophysical Chemistry of IUPAC


On the occasion of the 2011 International Year of Chemistry, the Physical and Biophysical Chemistry Division (I) of IUPAC is pleased to announce a Student Chemistry Cartoon Competition. The goal of the competition is to clearly illustrate a chemistry principle in a manner that can enrich the teaching of chemistry.

The winner of the competition will be invited to attend the 43rd IUPAC Congress in Puerto Rico, USA (July 31-August 7, 2011) where a $1000 prize will be presented and the finalist cartoons displayed. Merit prizes of $100 will go to 5 other students whose cartoons are chosen as finalists.

Entry Guidelines

  • Entries (one per student) will be accepted in the period January 1 to May 31, 2011 from students enrolled at a secondary school or tertiary institution on the closing date of entries.
  • The cartoon with text in English is expected to convey the meaning intended with economy, clarity and good humour. However, only submissions pertaining to chemistry principles will be accepted.
  • An entry form giving personal and teacher details will be lodged at the time of cartoon submission. The cartoon must contain original work and not contain any copyrighted material.

Key Dates

  • Submission Period: January 1 – May 31, 2011
  • Decision Notification: June 30, 2011


The cartoons will be judged by a panel formed by the President of Division I of IUPAC.

Reviewing criteria (from most- to least-weighted) will be:

  • Relevance to chemistry principles (research, instructional, and/or application).
  • Creation of interest, novelty, entertainment value, etc.
  • Clarity and educational content.
  • Presentation.

Submission Instructions

Submit your cartoon and entry form to in either of the following formats.
     (a) A scanned jpeg image on a single A4 page, with up to 5 panels.
     (b) A powerpoint presentation of up to 5 slides, each being a cartoon panel.
The prizewinners of the cartoon competition will be required to sign distribution license agreements.



July 4, 2011 - UPDATE ... and the winners are ...

The winner of the cartoon competition is Jessica Hough of Valley Central High School, Montgomery, NY, USA with a cartoon entitled Chemical Attraction. 

Merit prizes go to

  • Elizabeth Randall, an undergraduate at the University of Birmingham, UK
  • Caroline Dahl, a postgraduate at the University of Oxford, UK
  • Megan Jackson, an undergraduate at California Institute of Technology, USA
  • Bruno Demoro, a postgraduate at Universidad de la República, Uruguay
  • Phoebe Low, of West High School, Iowa City, Iowa, USA

The judges were Professors Assaf Friedler (Israel), Maria Filomena Camões (Portugal), Richard Hartshorn (NZ), Sanjay Mathur (Germany) and Doug Templeton (Canada).


Topic: chemistry education, celebrating chemistry, educational materials Audience: students, educators, general public, universities, post graduate students, teachers, educational institutions, tertiary education, secondary schools, secondary school students, high schools


Brijesh Pare | Dec 21, 2010 01:29PM

This event could be organized at local /regional levels and then the selected entries may be sent forward  to  IUPAC.

Fabienne Meyers | Sep 30, 2011 08:45PM

See Lauren's little Friday afternoon fun post @

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