The ASHG DNA Day Essay Contest is open to students in grades 9-12 worldwide and asks students to examine, question, and reflect on important concepts in genetics. Essays are expected to be well-reasoned arguments that indicate a deep understanding of scientific concepts related to the essay question. They are evaluated by ASHG members through three rounds of scoring. Current ASHG members have the opportunity to review and score essays! Volunteer to participate in Round 1 or Round 2 judging and support the next generation of human geneticists. All judges will receive a certificate for their involvement.
The theme of our celebrations is “One Humanity, Many Genomes.” In your essay, explain what “one humanity, many genomes” means to you. Please be sure to include: Two examples of what makes our genomes unique; How advances in understanding our genomes impact our lives, such as current and future research into medical treatments. There will be thirteen winners awarded; the top prize for $1,000, 2nd prize of $600, 3rd prize of $400 and 10 students will receive an honorable mention and $100 each.