American society of human genetics essay contest

ASHG 2018 will be held at the San Diego Convention Center from October 16-american society of human genetics essay contest, 2018. Invited session and workshop proposals are under review. National DNA Day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003 and the discovery of the double helix of DNA in 1953.

13th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest! This 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 indicative of a depth of understanding of the concepts related to the essay question. They are evaluated by ASHG members through three rounds of scoring. Submissions are now open, via the link at the bottom of this page. Essays mailed, faxed, or emailed to the Society will NOT be accepted.

Word count includes in-text citations, but does not include reference lists. Word count is best determined by Microsoft Word’s count. The submission page will give an official word count when submitters enter the essay. There is no restriction on how many references students may use. However, please keep in mind that students should avoid having too many references, as we want to know the student’s opinion on the question and not the opinion of the student’s sources.

Quality of references will be considered by judges when scoring. The text of the student’s essay must be his or her own words unless quotations are explicitly noted. If plagiarism is suspected during any point of the contest, ASHG’s Citation and Attribution Review Board will examine the essay in question. Essays found to contain the uncited work of others will be disqualified and the student’s teacher will be notified. Only classroom teachers are eligible for the equipment grant. Teachers of first-place winners from 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 are not eligible for equipment grants in 2018. The contest consists of three rounds of evaluation.