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11th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest 2016

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open11-Mar-2016

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What is 11th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest 2016?

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. This year's DNA Day is on Monday, April 25, 2016. Celebrate by participating in the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) the 11th 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.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

 9-12 class student and teacher

How can you apply ?

Application can be done online only.

Terms and Conditions

  • Only classroom teachers or primary instructors of home-schooled children may submit student essays.
  • Each teacher is limited to submitting six student essays per class, for up to three classes. Your submission
       represents your authentication that the essays are the original work of your students.
  • On the following screen, please be prepared to provide
    • your contact information,
    • your principal's contact information (if applicable),
    • your school's address, and
    • the number of essays you intend to submit.

This information cannot be changed once you submit it.

You will be provided with a link for each class for which you are submitting essays. You will also be sent an email with these links, and have the option of either completing submission of your students' essays immediately, or submitting them at your leisure. Please note that although you may submit essays one by one (even within the same class), you cannot edit an essay once it is submitted.

1st Place Winner:

$1,000 for student

$1,000 genetics materials grant & 5 MiniOne Systems for teacher

2nd Place Winner:

$600 for student

$600 genetics materials grant & 3 MiniOne Systems for teacher

3rd Place Winner:

$400 for student

$400 genetics materials grant & 2 MiniOne Systems for teacher

Honorable Mention: 10 student prizes of $100 each

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