DNA Day Essay Contest

Ages:High School

Type:Submission

Categories:Biology, Language Arts, STEM

Scope:International

Registration Opens
Jan 6, 2020 4:00pm
America/New_York

Registration Closes
Mar 4, 2020 5:00pm
America/New_York

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.

Write an essay up to 750 words responding to an annual topic within the theme of human genetics.

2020 Question

Ancestry testing is a form of direct-to-consumer genetic testing designed to inform customers about their genetic ancestry. There are generally three types of ancestry testing: Y chromosome testing, mitochondrial DNA testing, and autosomal DNA testing. If a person did all three ancestry tests, what types of information could they learn about their genetic ancestry and how does this genetic ancestry information compare and contrast with their cultural heritage (family traditions, etc.)?

Essays are evaluated by ASHG members through three rounds of scoring.
  • 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.
  • Quality of references will be considered by judges when scoring.
    • Low quality sources = Wikipedia.
    • High quality sources = Research journals (for example, from PubMed)
This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

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

Managing Organization: American Society of Human Genetics

Contact:
Evelyn Mantegani
emantegani@ashg.org
301-634-7351

Entry Fee: $0

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.

Registration Opens
Jan 6, 2020 4:00pm
America/New_York

Registration Closes
Mar 4, 2020 5:00pm
America/New_York

Overview

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.

Process

Write an essay up to 750 words responding to an annual topic within the theme of human genetics.

2020 Question

Ancestry testing is a form of direct-to-consumer genetic testing designed to inform customers about their genetic ancestry. There are generally three types of ancestry testing: Y chromosome testing, mitochondrial DNA testing, and autosomal DNA testing. If a person did all three ancestry tests, what types of information could they learn about their genetic ancestry and how does this genetic ancestry information compare and contrast with their cultural heritage (family traditions, etc.)?

Criteria

Essays are evaluated by ASHG members through three rounds of scoring.
  • 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.
  • Quality of references will be considered by judges when scoring.
    • Low quality sources = Wikipedia.
    • High quality sources = Research journals (for example, from PubMed)

Awards

This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Participate

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

Managing Organization: American Society of Human Genetics

Contact:
Evelyn Mantegani
emantegani@ashg.org
301-634-7351

Entry Fee: $0

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.

Deadlines

Registration Opens
Jan 6, 2020 4:00pm
America/New_York

Registration Closes
Mar 4, 2020 5:00pm
America/New_York