The 48 works of “art” chosen for Princeton University’s third Art of Science Competition are available in an online gallery. The exhibit includes work by undergraduates, faculty, research staff, graduate students, and alumni, and drew from a pool of over 200 submissions.

The 48 works chosen for the 2009 Art of Science exhibition represent this year’s theme of “found art.” These extraordinary images are not art for art’s sake. Rather, they were produced during the course of scientific research. Entries were chosen for their aesthetic excellence as well as scientific or technical interest.

“Aesthetic excellence” is a pretty strong phrase for some of these, but this year’s first prize winner is really quite a charming photo. At least, about as charming as a photograph of squid embryos could ever be…