Who is eligible to participate?

Persons who work in the biological and biomedical sciences, including graduate students, professional students, postdoctoral fellows, laboratory technicians, assistant/associate scientists, or other individuals with a comparable job title at the Morgridge Institute for Research, the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW), the UW Hospitals and Clinics, or any UW-affiliated biomedical research center or institute.

See the competition rules for details >


  • Registration Closes: November 9, 2018
  • Submission Deadline: December 14, 2018
  • Public Voting: until March 1, 2019
  • Winners Notified: March 18, 2019
  • Winners Reception: August 20, 2019


If you have any questions, please email ethics@morgridge.org or call 608-316-4400.


Any ethical issue arising in or from biomedical research! Some examples include:

  • legitimate and illegitimate manipulation of images for publication or presentation;
  • arguments for and against returning individual research results to human research participants;
  • problems and opportunities in data sharing;
  • issues raised by uses of biotechnology for human enhancement;
  • arguments concerning uses of animals in research;
  • fraud in science.

This is not an exhaustive list! For better or worse, the topics are endless. Make a cartoon about ANY ethical issue that interests you.

Art format

Your cartoon should be a sketch, drawing, or painting. We will not accept animations or videos. Your cartoon may contain one to six panel(s) and must be submitted as a digital image. You may submit a sole-authored cartoon, or create a cartoon with a partner.


1st Prize – $3500

2nd Prize – $1000

3rd Prize – $500

Learn more about prizes >

IP and Ownership

You will retain ownership of your copyright in the cartoon you create. However, to enter and be considered in the competition you must provide the Morgridge Institute with a license to use the cartoon as further detailed in the Entry Form. For example, we might want to display your cartoon on a website, use it for teaching purposes, or use it while giving professional presentations. If we use your cartoon, you will not be financially compensated but you will always be credited as its creator.