The project and invitation to all
The University of Waterloo is 60 and we want you to help us celebrate! To embrace our inner geek and creative spirit we are asking you to illustrate the 60th anniversary excitement through...wait for it...neodymium, the element with the atomic number 60 (Nd-60).
Our goal is to create a mosaic of artistically expressive tiles incorporating neodymium, Nd-60, that will also reflect in some creative way the University of Waterloo. We call it the Nd-60 Anniversary Project and plan to create a public display on campus.
We invite anyone with a connection to the University of Waterloo to design a square tile that showcases the University of Waterloo and includes the symbol Nd-60. Whether you are a current student, an alumnus, faculty member or staff, donor, supporter or friend, you are an important part of the University of Waterloo story. Celebrate with us.
You are encouraged to let your creativity soar, and use any medium, physical or digital. Variety will make this project a true collaborative success. Teamwork is welcomed.
You will submit your finished artwork on our Nd-60 Anniversary Project form submission webpage as a scanned or digital image. See the submission page for more information about the submission parameters.
Nd-60 anniversary tiles
Below are examples of Nd-60 anniversary tiles that are early submissions by students and staff in the Faculty of Science.
Draw for a prize
Since this is a collaborative project, no one tile will be selected as a winner but we plan to have a random draw of all entries for a $100 gift card from Retail Services on campus.
What is the deadline?
The deadline for submissions has been extended to September 30, 2017.
The idea came from our New Elements Contest for the Periodic Table Project. We saw the many ways in which students were expressing nihonium Nh-113. Nihon means Japan in Japanese and the tiles typically express some kind of creative cultural or historical connection to Japan - emphasis on creative. A sample of tiles follows but you can see many more on the early submissions page. We thought - let's do this for the University of Waterloo and its 60th!