Special Feature: International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge 2009

Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge 2009NSF/Science Magazine

In the journal's 19 February 2010 issue, Science, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, presents the winners and honorable mentions in the seventh annual International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge.

The articles linked on this page describe the accomplishments of the creative and gifted scientists, artists, and others who put the winning entries together, and an online slide presentation showcases the competition's winners and honorable mentions.

In addition, a segment of the Science Podcast includes interviews with one of the competition's judges and the creators of a winning entry in the illustration category. All material is freely available (non-subscribers require a simple registration).

In Science




Browse the bold and unique images and multimedia that represent the winners in the 2009 Visualization Challenge Slide Show.

On the Science Podcast

Science's Lauren Schenkman interviews one of the judges and the two winners who created the magazine's cover image in this segment of the 19 February podcast.

Previous Years' Competitions


2009 Visualization Challenge >
Jeff Nesbit and Monica Bradford


All stories by M. Torrice

Illustration: First Place
Branching Morphogenesis >
Illustration: First Place
Kuen's Surface: A Meditation on Euclid, Lobachevsky, and Quantum Fields. >
Illustration: Honorable Mention
Jellyfish Burger >
Illustration: Honorable Mention
Back to the Future >
Interactive Multimedia: First Place
Genomics Digital Lab: Cell Biology >
Noninteractive Multimedia: First Place
The Epigenetics of Identical Twins >
Noninteractive Multimedia: First Place
Follow the Money: Human Mobility and Effective Communities >
Noninteractive Multimedia: Honorable Mention
Decision Support System for Tsunami Early Warning >
Noninteractive Multimedia: Honorable Mention
Inside the Brain: Unraveling the Mystery of Alzheimer's Disease >
Informational Graphics: First Place
Brain Development >
Informational Graphics: Honorable Mention
Regulation of the Cell Cycle & DNA Damage-Induced Checkpoint Activation >
Photography: First Place
Save Our Earth. Let's Go Green >
Photography: Honorable Mention
Microbe vs. Mineral – A Life and Death Struggle in the Desert >
Photography: Honorable Mention
Self-Fertilization >
Photography: Honorable Mention
Flower Power >