PGD Button Design

2020 Button Competition flyer

Since 2018, the PGD Student Advisory Members run an annual button design contest. This is your chance to get creative and show us what you think should be on our next button! Rules for submissions include:

    1. Design must be completed within a 6 cm diameter circle.
    2. Letters “PGD” and year must be included as a central feature in the artwork.
    3. Group submissions are acceptable.
    4. Any media/software can be used as long as the scanned image sent to the PGD is clear.

Submission must include brief biographical information about the artist, a brief (500 character limit) description of the artwork, a PDF of the artwork and a JPEG (min 600 dpi) of the artwork. All submissions must be sent to our Student Advisory Members by 5pm EST on February 1 (annually). All PGD members may vote from the semi-finalists’ buttons (as determined by PGD officers). See the current newsletter or contact our Student Advisory Members for more information!

2021 PGD Button

2021 PGD button
Designed by: 
Jordan Bretzfelder, UCLA

Artwork Description: This design commemorates the landing of the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover in Jezero crater, and the extraordinary circumstances in which we find ourselves. While we wish we could be together in person, this year we will all be interacting with each other the same way our spacecraft communicate with us: remotely, via computers. We are lucky to still be able to share our science, and even luckier to have a chance to learn more about ancient lakes on Mars!

Artist Biography: Jordan Bretzfelder is a second year PhD student at UCLA. She studies the Moon, Earth and Mars, with interests in remote sensing, VNIR spectroscopy and aeolian geology.


Past Button Designs

2020 PGD button

Designed by: 
Rutu Parekh, DLR Institute of Planetary science, Berlin

2019 PGD button design

Designed by: 
Samuel Cartwright, Middlebury College

2018 PGD button design
Designed by: 
Sarah Roberts, UT Knoxville