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Dna Day Essay Contest Amount 400

Congratulations to our winners and thank you all for participating. Happy DNA Day!

Thank you for making this our most successful year yet! We received a record high number of submissions from students in 44 U.S. states and 23 foreign countries, including Colombia, Antarctica, New Zealand, and Ukraine. We would also like to thank the more than 400 ASHG members who participated in judging the essays, as well as our sponsor for this year's contest, Embi Tec, creator of the MiniOne System for real time electrophoresis in the classroom!


2016 Winners

Click the names below to view essay excerpts.

Stella Ma

 

Grade 11 ($1,000)

Teacher: Cindy Kellor

James Madison Memorial High School

Madison, WI

 

Jillian Pesce

 

Grade 11 ($600)

Teacher: Maria Zeitlin

Smithtown High School East

St. James, NY

 

Alexis Schneider

 

Grade 11 ($400)

Teacher: Megan Gallagher

Upper Dublin High School

Fort Washington, PA

 

Dhruv Sharma

 

Grade 11 ($400)

Teacher: Pippa Haley

United World College of South East Asia, Dover Campus

Singapore, SG

 

Ilan Bocain
Yeshiva University of Los Angeles,
Boys High School
Los Angeles, CA
Teacher: Vickie Bellomo Zanzan Brink
Oregon Health & Sciences University Partnership for Scientific Inquiry Program
Portland, OR
Teacher: Richard Rosenbaum Sanjana Eranki
Smithtown High School East
St. James, NY
Teacher: Maria Zeitlin

Norah Gordon
Bergen County Academies
Hackensack, NJ
Teacher: Carol ZepatosZoe Klein
Northern Secondary School
Toronto, ON
Teacher: Danielle GauciStacy Okin
North Shore Hebrew Academy High School
Great Neck, NY
Teacher: Amie Roberts Elizabeth Phelan
The Davidson Academy of Nevada
Reno, NV
Teacher: Martin Braik

Sarah Sachar
Winston Churchill High School
Potomac, MD
Teacher: Virginia BrownArjun Somayazulu
Oregon Health & Sciences University Partnership for Scientific Inquiry Program
Portland, OR
Teacher: Richard Rosenbaum Ruojia Sun
Stuyvesant High School
New York, NY
Teacher: Maria Nedwidek-Moore



About the Contest

The contest aims to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on important ideas and issues related to human genetics. Competitive essays are expected to convey substantive, well-reasoned, and evidence-based arguments that demonstrate deep understanding.

Essays are evaluated through three rounds of judging, and every essay is read by a minimum of three judges. Top-scoring essays have typically been scored by a dozen or more judges. 

Questions/Comments: Contact dnaday@ashg.org

2016 Question

Choose a genetic test that is currently available for a condition or disease that does not cause symptoms until adulthood
(i.e., an adult-onset condition such as hereditary breast cancer). Describe how the test works and how certain the test results are. Then, either defend or refute the recommendation below from ASHG’s recent position statement on pediatric genetic testing.

"Adolescents should be encouraged to defer predictive or pre-dispositional testing for adult-onset conditions until adulthood because of the complexity of the potential impact of the information at formative life stages."

Interested in the study of human genetics…and a $1,000 prize? Are you a high school student? If so, you’ll want to participate in the DNA Day Essay Contest, which “aims to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on the important concepts of genetics.” National DNA Day celebrates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003 and the discovery of the double helix of DNA in 1953. This year’s DNA Day is on April 25, 2016.

The contest, which is sponsored by the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), is open to students in grades 9-12 worldwide. The first-place winner will receive $1,000; second place, $600; third place, $400; honorable mention, 10 prizes of $100.

To enter, students must write an essay of no more than 750 words (including in-text citations) that addresses the following scenario:

Choose a genetic test that is currently available for a condition or disease that does not cause symptoms until adulthood (i.e., an adult-onset condition such as hereditary breast cancer). Describe how the test works and how certain the test results are. Then, either defend or refute the recommendation below from ASHG’s recent position statement on pediatric genetic testing.

“Adolescents should be encouraged to defer predictive or pre-dispositional testing for adult-onset conditions until adulthood because of the complexity of the potential impact of the information at formative life stages.”

Essays will be scored based on the following criteria: the overall accuracy of the genetics content, use of evidence in support of an argument/answer, degree of focus on the question/topic selected, writing quality (clear thesis, composition, grammar, syntax, spelling), and the presence of references and citations. The essay must be submitted online by a teacher or administrator.

If you’re interested in participating in this essay contest, you’ll need to act fast. Essays must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on March 11, 2016.

Click here to learn more about the contest.

Additionally, the American Society of Human Genetics is launching its first annual Teen Genes Video Challenge contest in August 2016. The winner receives $1,500, which they can use to fund their college education.

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