Science academia, also known as STEM academia, is an academic aesthetic specializing in the formal and natural sciences. It differs from most other academic aesthetics, including the most popular in the category, which centers on the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Science academia visuals vary among disciplines; however, they share some common traits. Like many other academic aesthetics, science academia visuals are predominantly inspired by photographs from and paraphernalia prevalent in academic settings during the late 19th and early 20th century.

The most popular branches of science presented in visuals and communities are mathematics, physics, chemistry, astronomy, microbiology, and human anatomy and physiology.

Philosophy

  • Anything can be explained with science.
  • Knowledge is the most powerful tool.
  • Discovery is your motive.
  • Learning for the sake of learning.
  • Stay curious and keep asking questions.
  • Knowledge is found through experimentation.
  • Nothing is impossible to discover
  • Knowledge is worth the risk


Activities

  • Staying up till 4 AM just to look out into the sky.
  • Staying up till 4 AM to finish your thesis.
  • Ranting about this new advancements in your field to anybody who would listen.
  • Ranting about the importance of your field to anybody who listens.
  • Arguing about which discipline is the best/most important
  • Spending hours searching universities' libraries for science books to read in your spare time.
  • Reading scientific articles not related to your specialty, for the taste of science.
  • Science Fiction in any form.
  • Attending Public lecture.
  • Writing a scientific article about your last research.
  • Re-watching video lectures for the 100th time.
  • Passionately debating theories and ideas.
  • Being excited over the smallest interesting fact or smallest discovery
  • Correcting people for small factual mistakes
  • Theorizing
  • Going down research rabbit holes
  • Contributed knowledge to public edit-able documents(ex. Wikipedia)


Motifs

  • Science in all forms
  • Obscure books and lots of diagrams
  • Technical vocabulary
  • Drinking a lot of coffee
  • p<.05 (Statistical significance)
  • Science fiction
  • Confusion
  • Late nights
  • Studying
  • Universities
  • Laboratories
  • Glasses
  • Safety googles/Lab coats


Fashion

Visuals are very similar to Chaotic Academia and Dark Academia with a mix with science and logic and a lot of room for personal style. The main idea is anything comfortable for studying and doing experiments but with a more classical or uniform-like look for researchers and teachers. One may also wear things considered "smart casual", or looking casual while still looking good. One could also consider some Geek fashion along these lines as well, bright colors could be acceptable in this case.

Any warm-tone, earthly or dark colors, especially any brown or black shades work for this aesthetic. Greens, blues and purples work as well.

Fashion is sometimes divided, as both t-shirts with science logos and dressy casual outfits tend to be popular. Don't be discouraged to embrace this aesthetic(or any aesthetic, for that matter) because you don't fit its "dress code". Instead, think of the list below as more of a loose guideline.

Tops

  • Print T-shirts, NASA, Any fandom print, Solid color.
  • Polo shirts
  • Button downs
  • Work-type blouses
  • Lab coats
  • Coats in general (trench coats, overcoats, etc)
  • Blazers
  • Sweaters, turtle-neck sweaters, and anything for cold and rainy weather
  • Anything with pockets

Bottoms

  • Any comfortable pants, (Jeans, Trousers, looser pants)
  • Suit pants
  • Skirts (mid/long length, plaid, pencil)
  • Cigarette pants
  • Pinafores

Footwear

  • Boots (ankle boots, Dr. Martens, Combat boots
  • Oxfords
  • Mary Janes
  • Knee high socks
  • Solid colour tights
  • Sneakers
  • Kitten heels for out of lab

Accessories

  • Watches
  • Hair ties
  • Thick belts
  • Glasses/Goggles
  • Simple jewelry that's easy to take off (small earrings, chockers, etc.)
  • Satchel/tote bag to hold your things in
  • Enamel pins to decorate your stuff
  • Anything simple and small.


Vendors

Work clothing

Themed clothing


Cambridge Public Library

Visuals

  • Universities and colleges
  • Old libraries and bookstores
  • Rainy/cold weather
  • Indoor spaces
  • Any time between 10 pm and 6 am
  • Museums
  • Messy Desks
  • Studying during breaks
  • Old stores
  • Telescope observatories
  • Notebooks filled up to the edge with equations and writings
  • Science fiction
  • Video Lectures
  • Historic sites and locations
  • Historic towns and cities
  • Old towns
  • A dark linoleum-tiled hallway
  • Glass vial topped with a rubber stopper
  • Mad scientists and inventive chemists
  • Periodic table
  • A computer with many tabs open
  • Astronomy maps

Media

  • Whisper of the heart
  • X-Files
  • Contact (Carl Sagan)
  • Contact (1997)
  • A Beautiful Mind (2001)
  • Creation (2009)
  • Any Star Wars film
  • A Dangerous Method (2011)
  • The Theory of Everything (2014)
  • Interstellar (2014)
  • Experimenter (2015)
  • Hidden Figures (2016)
  • Westworld (2016- )
  • Any video lectures in your field
  • Chaotic Academia: A Noir Robotics Mystery
  • Dr. Stone


Discipline Specific Motifs

Mathematics

  • Knowing multiple Pi's decimals
  • Advanced equations
  • Still need a calculator for basic math, just in case

A physics joke

Physics

  • New particles are exciting.
  • Being frustrated that we only know about 5% of what the universe is made of.
  • Thinking that, except for math, all other disciplines descend from Physics at some point.
  • Albert Einstein and Richard P. Feynman

Chemistry

  • Colors in glass tubes.
  • Experiments that looks cool but are also very dangerous.
  • Lab safety is a priority.
  • Marie Curie

Astronomy

  • Star maps.
  • Being in awe at the arid pictures of Mars surface.
  • Knowing about actual facts of astronomy.
  • Space is their favorite art form.
  • Planetariums.

A technological diagram

Technology

  • Robots.
  • The unstoppable machine of progress.
  • Mentally deconstructing objects around you to try to understand them.
  • Everything is a neural network

Biology

  • The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.
  • Old plates with animals or plants or fungi all over them.
  • Trivia on animals and plants.
  • Pretty microscopic view pictures.
  • Zoos and Aquariums.
  • All day everyday in the lab
  • Charles Darwin

Medicine

  • Diagrams of skulls and human anatomy.
  • The most cryptic writing possible.
  • Learning impressive quantities of knowledge in very little time.
  • Having a profound passion for your medical specialty, especially if it's an obscure or weird one.
  • For Forensics students, a very chill relationship to death. They love a good artistic memento mori, especially when based on science and medicine.
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Dentistry

Psychology

  • Loving or hating Freud/Jung/etc.
  • Having an outdated phrenology poster.
  • Finding pathological traits in everyone around you.
  • Can name all the historical experiments


Resources

Hazy-October (Tumblr)

thedarksciences (Tumblr)

betweenthemustypages - Dark Academia Aesthetics for science subjects (Tumblr)

Gallery

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