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ASHG Announces 2022 High-School Winners of International DNA Day Essay Contest; Contestants Addressed Impact of Gregor Mendel’s Discoveries on Today’s Research

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On April 25, 2022, as part of its celebration of National DNA Day, the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) announced the winners of its 2022 DNA Day Essay Contest , which encourages high school students worldwide to learn about human genetics concepts and apply them to current scientific and societal issues. The three winner spots were awarded to international students, the second consecutive year that this has ever happened in the contest’s history. ASHG awarded first place to Man Tak Mindy Shie, grade 12 at Singapore International School (Hong Kong), in Hong Kong, China; second place to Gillian Wells, grade 11 at Ulverston Victoria High School in Ulverston, England, UK; and third place to Yiyang Zhang, grade 11 at Shanghai High School International Division in Shanghai, China.

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Introduction : Annual DNA Day Essay Contest is hosted by the American Society of Human Genetics, in support of National DNA Day. DNA Day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003 and the discovery of the double helix of DNA in 1953. In celebration of DNA Day, the American Society of Human Genetics hosts Annual DNA Day Essay Contest.

2024 Question:

Many human diseases have a genetic component. Some diseases result from a change in a single gene or even multiple genes. Yet, many diseases are complex and stem from an interaction between genes and the environment. Environmental factors may include chemicals in the air or water, nutrition, microbes, ultraviolet radiation from the sun and social context. Provide an example of how the interplay of genetics and environment can shape human health.

Submission Rule: Essays must be in English and no more than 750 words. Word count includes in-text citations, but not reference lists. Essays are expected to be well-reasoned arguments that indicate a deep understanding of scientific concepts related to the essay question.

1st Place Winner: $1,000 for student $1,000 genetics materials grant

2nd Place Winner: $600 for student $600 genetics materials grant

3rd Place Winner: $400 for student $400 genetics materials grant

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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. Teachers and students around the world are encouraged to celebrate by participating in the American Society of Human Genetics' (ASHG) annual DNA Day Essay Contest! The question each year aims to cover a current topic in genetics that may not be covered in biology class. Students are encouraged to work with their science and language arts teachers. Essays should be 750 words maximum. Winners and honorable mentions are announced on Friday, April 24, 2020.

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.

2020 Question

  • Essays must be the product of an individual student's work;  group submissions are not permitted .
  • All essays must be written in  English  and are limited to  750 words . Word count includes in-text citations, but does not include reference lists.
  • Essay titles are optional and  will  be counted towards the word limit.
  • Word count is best determined by Microsoft Word's count. The submission page will give an official word count when submitters enter the essay.
  • Essays should  not  include a student's name.
  • Essays must include  at least one reference . References must be clearly documented with both in-text citations and in the references list (the reference list should be separately entered into the "References" section of the submission page). Students may use either  APA  or  MLA  style citations. 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.
  • Low quality sources  = Wikipedia.
  • High quality sources  = Research journals (for example, from  PubMed )

Website: http://www.ashg.org/education/dnaday.shtml

Managing Organization: American Society of Human Genetics

Contact: Evelyn Mantegani [email protected] 301-634-7351

Eligibility: Essays that will be accepted must be submitted by a teacher and written by high school students (grades 9-12) in the U.S. and internationally.

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Congratulations to Alicia R T, Charlie G, Anouschka H and Mei Mei W on becoming winners of The European DNA Day Essay contest 2022.

The essay contest is meant as a learning tool and a means to promote knowledge of genetics within Europe. It intends to challenge students to examine, question and reflect on the importance and social implications of genetic research and its applications. Essays are expected to contain substantive, well-reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the issues addressed by the selected essay question.

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Students from 22 European countries submitted 167 essays and 23 videos this year. The evaluation was made involving 62 experts in the field, who selected 3 winners and 7 honourable mentions.

Alicia achieved third place   and Charlie, Anouschka and Mei Mei received honourable mentions. 

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10 Amazing Tips to Help You Win ASHG's DNA Day Essay Contest

Participating in international essay contests can be a valuable experience as a high school student, providing you with an opportunity to showcase your writing skills, critical thinking abilities, and knowledge on specific subjects. Beyond the intrinsic rewards of intellectual growth and self-expression, such contests can also significantly boost a student's profile when applying to college. Colleges and universities often look for well-rounded individuals who have demonstrated excellence in various aspects of their academic and extracurricular pursuits, and winning an essay contest is a compelling testament to a student's intellectual passions.

One prominent essay contest that not only offers students a chance to demonstrate their abilities in writing but also potentially win prizes ranging from $1,000 to $100 is the DNA Essay Contest .   In this article, we will explore the structure, costs, prompt, eligibility, and other essential information about the ASHG DNA Day Essay Contest. We'll also share 10 valuable tips that’ll help you put your best foot forward and hopefully win the contest! 

What is the ASHG DNA Day Essay Contest?

The ASHG DNA Day Essay Contest is an annual contest organized by the American Society of Human Genetics . This contest aims to encourage high school students to explore and reflect on the advancements, implications, and ethical considerations of genetics. It provides a platform for students to express their thoughts on how genetics shapes our world and influences various aspects of our lives.

Teachers and students around the world are encouraged to celebrate “DNA Day” by participating in the American Society of Human Genetics' (ASHG) annual DNA Day Essay Contest. The essay question each year aims to cover a current topic in genetics that may not be covered in typical biology classes.

Structure of the contest

The contest involves submitting an essay on a specific prompt related to genetics that is updated annually. Participants are required to craft an original, well-researched, and thought-provoking essay that addresses the given topic. The essays are evaluated by a panel of experts in genetics and related fields.

How you will be judged

What are the reviewers looking for when evaluating the essays? The following rubric will give you a sense of how the essays are scored. 

The overall accuracy of the science content: 0-6

Use of evidence in support of an argument/answer; essay well-focused on the question/topic selected: 0-6

Writing quality (clear thesis, composition, grammar, syntax, spelling: 0-5

References and citations (quality and appropriateness): 0-3

Total Points: 0-20

One of the appealing aspects of the ASHG DNA Day Essay Contest is that it is free to enter. This inclusivity ensures that students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds can participate without any financial barriers. This aligns with the organization's commitment to promoting education and awareness in the field of human genetics.

What are the prizes?

The prizes range from $100 - 1000 dollars. 

$1,000 + $1,000 genetics materials grant for 1st Place Winner

$600 + $600 genetics materials grant for 2nd Place Winner

$400 + $400 genetics materials grant for 3rd Place Winner

$100 each for Honorable Mentions 10 students

The essay prompt for the contest varies each year, challenging participants to think critically about different aspects of genetics. The prompt is carefully crafted to encourage students to explore scientific concepts, ethical dilemmas, and societal implications related to genetics. It is crucial for participants to thoroughly understand and address the specific components of the prompt in their essays.

To give you a sense of the types of prompts typical of the DNA essay contest, the 2024 prompt is the following:

Many human diseases have a genetic component. Some diseases result from a change in a single gene or even multiple genes. Yet, many diseases are complex and stem from an interaction between genes and the environment. Environmental factors may include chemicals in the air or water, nutrition, microbes, ultraviolet radiation from the sun and social context. Provide an example of how the interplay of genetics and environment can shape human health.

Eligibility

The contest is open to high school students around the world. Participants must be in grades 9-12 and submit their essays by the specified deadline. 

The competition is not limited to students studying biology or genetics; students from diverse academic backgrounds are encouraged to participate. This inclusivity allows for a broad range of perspectives and insights, enriching the overall quality of the submissions.

Application Information and timelines

In early January the submission site opens and in early March 2024 the submission site closes. On April 25, 2024, DNA Day, the winners and honorable mentions are announced. To enter the ASHG DNA Day Essay Contest, students need to visit the official contest website to get the most up-to-date information. The application process is streamlined and user-friendly, ensuring that students can easily navigate through the requirements and submit their essays electronically.

Now that we have covered the fundamental aspects of the ASHG DNA Day Essay Contest, let's look at 10 tips that can significantly enhance your chances of winning:

Don’t overemphasize the details

Avoid sweeping overstatements in your essay

Avoid inaccuracy in technical language

Utilize in-text citations

Don’tuse of out-of-date references

Avoid excessive reliance on quotes

Address ethical considerations in your essay

  Avoid any inconsistency in your argumentation

Don’t ignore counterarguments - address them

Seek references from past essays and pay attention to the formatting guidelines

Participating in the ASHG DNA Day Essay Contest will provide you with a unique opportunity to explore the intricate world of genetics while honing your writing and critical thinking skills. By following the 10 tips outlined in this article, aspiring participants will enhance their chances of creating a compelling and winning essay. From thorough research and utilization of official resources to incorporating personal reflections and addressing ethical considerations, these tips are designed to guide you toward success in this prestigious competition.

As you embark on your essay-writing journey, remember that each entry is not just a chance to win but also an opportunity to contribute to the ongoing dialogue surrounding genetics and its profound impact on our world. This is an opportunity that you can use to reflect on with mentors in high school and in your future college admissions process. 

One other option – Lumiere Research Scholar Program

If you are passionate about research in biology and other STEM subjects, you could also consider applying to the   Lumiere Research Scholar Program , a selective online program for students I founded with researchers at Harvard and Oxford. Last year, we had over 4000 students apply for 500 spots in the program! You can find the   application form  here.

Stephen is one of the founders of Lumiere and a Harvard College graduate. He founded Lumiere as a PhD student at Harvard Business School. Lumiere is a selective research program where students work 1-1 with a research mentor to develop an independent research paper.

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The Georgian Society of Medical Genetics and Epigenetics and TSMU Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics invite students of Georgian higher education institutions to participate in the 8th DNA essay contest. The aim of the contest is to strengthen knowledge in genetics and make the field popular in Georgia. 

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Welcome to the 2024 DNA Day Essay Contest submission site!

Submission deadline is now extended to March 10, 2024 at 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern Time

Submission Instructions

  • If you HAVE submitted an essay since 2019, please use these instructions
  • If you HAVE NOT  submitted an essay after 2019, please use these instructions
  • Review a blank submission form to prepare your submission

What You Need to Know Before You Submit

  • Teachers should create an account and submit the essay for each student. This can be any teacher at the current school of the student.
  • The contest is open to high school students (grades 9-12) in the U.S. and internationally
  • Essays must be in English and no more than 750 words. Word count includes in-text citations, but not reference lists.
  • Essays must include at least one reference. 

SUBMIT ESSAY HERE

For more information about the ASHG DNA Day Essay Contest, visit the contest homepage . 

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]

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Welcome to the ESHG DNA Day Essay & Video Contest

A yearly contest for high school students

Welcome to all students, teachers and genetics colleagues!

What is the DNA DAY Contest?

The structure of the DNA double helix was unraveled seventy years ago. DNA Day, April 25 , is commemorated internationally as a celebration of Genetics and its promises. For the 15th year, the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG), will be sponsoring a DNA Day Essay and Video contest in high schools all over the world.

The essay and video contest is meant as a learning tool and a searches to promote knowledge of genetics within Europe. It intends to challenge students to examine, question and reflect on the importance and social implications of genetic research and its applications. Essays are expected to contain substantive, well-reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the issues addressed by the selected essay question.

What’s the 2024 topic?

Given the growing impact of Artificial Intelligence on our lives, the ESHG has decided to make A.I. part of the contest instead of banning it. this year’s question is:

Ask an Artificial Intelligence chat of your choice to write a 350 word essay on the topic: “Is the human Y-chromosome vanishing in the future?”

  • In a 750 word essay of your own, OR
  • In a short video (max. 5 min) of your own,

discuss the result and its consequences, should the public believe the content of the A.I. essay was actually true.

First Place Winner: EUR 400 In addition, sponsoring teachers of 1st place students will receive EUR 1,000 to organise a science project.

Second Place Winner: EUR 300 In addition, sponsoring teachers of 2nd place students will receive EUR 800 to organise a science project.

Third Place Winner: EUR 200 In addition, sponsoring teachers of 3rd place students will receive EUR 500 to organise a science project.

All participants will receive a certificate of appreciation for their participation in the contest.

Important Dates

September: Submissions opens

April 25: Deadline for the submission to the European Society of Human Genetics

April 25: DNA DAY

April 25 – June 10: An international jury of scientists are judging the submissions

Mid June: Essay contest winners will be announced to the public

Statistics since the beginning of the DNA Day Essay Contest in 2009 (videos were started in 2018):

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