The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (OGPS) is seeking current PhD students and postdocs who can design a professional, creative, and inspiring logo promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the basic sciences.

How to Enter

The contest will begin on June 11th, 2019 and will conclude July 11th, 2019. The student who creates the winning design will receive a prize of $250. The winner will be announced via our website and OGPS social media.

Contestants must be a current, OGPS-affiliated student or postdoc. Contestants may enter up to 2 designs. In order for your entry(s) to be reviewed, they must be:

  • Submitted directly to Catherine Garber ( and Reginald Beasley ( before July 11th at 11:59pm.
  • Submitted as a high resolution PDF as well as the original design file (Adobe program files are preferred).


Professional – The logo will be featured on t-shirts, the OGPS website, OGPS social media, and other swag items or printed materials so it must be professional looking, eye-catching and legible.

Size/Formatting – There are no strict size requirements, but it must be easily scalable for large or small formatting. Formatting can be horizontal or vertical in orientation.

Theme – The logo must send a positive message reflecting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the basic sciences.

Color – There are no limitations on color.

Integrity – Logos cannot contain copyrighted material or licensed images. The Block M must NOT be used. Logos must have been created and edited by the contestant, who must be an OGPS-affiliated trainee (student or postdoc).

Contest Details

The winner will be selected by members of the OGPS DEI Basic Sciences Committee. By submitting a design, contestants agree that OGPS may publish their logo and that their name will be announced as the winner. Contestants assign all ownership rights, including all intellectual property rights for the logo, to the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Additionally, OGPS may alter, modify, or revise the logo as it sees necessary. OGPS reserves the right to not select a winner if, in its discretion, no suitable entries are received.

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