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.
In 2023, The American Society of Human Genetics celebrates its 75th anniversary! We want to kick off the festivities with you, the next generation of human geneticists. The theme of our celebrations is “One Humanity, Many Genomes.” In your essay, explain what “one humanity, many genomes” means to you. Please be sure to include:
- Two examples of what makes our genomes unique
- How advances in understanding our genomes impact our lives, such as current and future research into medical treatments.
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
Competition Website: See general information about the organization and the Annual DNA Day Essay Contest. Read the winning essay from 2021 and 2022. For other competitions, go to Aralia’s Competition List.