Second annual “Science Idol” contest now open

Tom Toles, Garry Trudeau, Dave Coverly have been tapped to judge the second annual “Science Idol” cartoon contest to draw humorous attention to political interference in science. The winner of the contest receives a 3-day trip to Washington D.C. and a lunch with Tom.

From the press release:

All artists, amateur or professional, are welcome to participate. The submission deadline is May 22. Cartoons should address the abuse of science in general or highlight one or more of the ways in which science has been misused, ranging from the censorship of scientists to the manipulation of scientific reports. For contest rules and submission guidelines, go to:

The judges and UCS will narrow the pool to 12 finalists and post the cartoons on the UCS Web site ( on June 25. Over the following four weeks, the public will be able to vote for the grand prize winner. The grand prize winner will receive $500 on top of the all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The 12 finalists’ cartoons will appear in a 2008 calendar; the grand prize winner’s cartoon will be on the cover.

The contest is sponsored by Union of Concerned Scientists.