Arts & Culture

[This submission earned Woodger Faugas first place in the Storytelling Contest personal essay category.] Imagine finding yourself: the center of attention, in a distant, though familiar, land, before a large and spirited audience, composed largely of learned, revered men.
[First place for the Storytelling Contest photography category.] This picture was taken a few months before the 2020 US presidential election, so it seemed only appropriate that a surly-looking bald eagle would appear...
Ninad Bhat’s “Batteries” is the winner of the Synapse Storytelling Contest Creative Writing category. The poem introduces an everyday, offhand idiom of the pandemic and turns to search for deeper meaning about stolen time, privilege, and racial injustice.
The results are in! Our judges have awarded the 12 best submissions to the Synapse Storytelling Contest by talented UCSF student writers and photographers. Find out who took the top prizes.

A spontaneous nighttime stroll through Golden Gate Park, led me to seeing the Conservatory of Flowers for the first time.

In graduate school, I started a family tradition of an annual camping trip with my mother and sister. In 2019, the three of us rented an exorbitantly expensive Jeep with a tent mounted on top and drove to Death Valley.

A healthcare institution can value art not because of explicit ties to molecular biology or anatomy but because art in itself has a role to play in bettering healthcare providers’ lives and the lives of their patients.

As I walked below the Golden Gate bridge along the chain-wire fence meant to keep me safe and out of the bridge-side slope, I looked up and saw this little cut out.

Unless you have a dog who takes you for daily walks around the block, you may not be getting outside as often since pandemic pandemonium struck. If that’s the case, here’s a dose of inspiration.

Taken during a weekend trip to Tahoe, this photograph illustrates serenity and the multiple seasons that coincide in California.