The Art of Science Fellowship

Are you an artist that is curious about the life sciences? Have you ever wanted to express science through visual or spoken art?


Would $5,000 and a science faculty mentoring team help you in your quest?


The Art of Science fellowship provides an opportunity to learn the science of your interest and pave a path towards new artistic expression. We aim to break down the barriers of science to the principal components that are expressive in nature as they can be in art.


No scientific background required! We have assembled a mentoring team including Megan Filbin (Metro State), Catherine Musselman (CU Anschutz), and John Rinn (CU Boulder). Art of science fellows will meet with the mentoring team twice a month for 1 year. The goal of the mentoring committee is to teach science in an accessible and inquisition-based manner. Moreover, the committee will seek other faculty members to further expand the dimensions of scientific learning and in turn the expression of the learned science.


2021 Art of Science Fellows are being solicited four fellowships ($5,000 ea).


(i) Written/Spoken Scientific Art.


(ii) Visual Art.


* These categories are purposefully vague as we encourage all artistic talents to apply!


The two Art of Science fellows will work with the faculty mentoring committee (bi-monthly) to explore a scientific topic(s) of their choosing. The mentoring committee will help the fellow further explore possible career opportunities during the fellowship. We aim to facilitate, if relevant, possible new career paths that are often not typically advertised or known.


Ultimately, the fellows’ art will be promoted and presented in a final “Art of Science showing”. We further require the fellows to teach what they learned to a peer group at the end of the fellowship.


Eligibility criteria


Applicants should be in their junior year or earlier. Applicants demonstrating financial need will be given priority.


Application Process


The deadline is January 29, 2021 please submit application materials to artofsciencefellows@gmail.com. Fellows will be selected to start March 1, 2021.


(I) Please submit a one-page proposal answering the following questions:

  1. What intrigues you about science

  2. From your perspective, is science inaccessible to nonscientists? Please describe why or why not.”

  3. How could the Art of Science Fellowship facilitate your education or career?

  4. Provide a brief statement that explains your financial need.

(II) Submit a representative piece of your art.


The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education programs or activities it operates or in employment.  Inquiries to the University of Colorado concerning the application of Title IX and its implementing regulation may be referred to the campus Title IX coordinator at http://hr.colorado.edu/dh/Pages/default.aspx or to OCR at: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html.”

John Rinn Laboratory for lncRNA Research