Wednesday, September 28, 2011

DNA Day Essay Contest!

This is another something that comes across my desk every year, and I LOVE to pass along. You don't have to have Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome or Chediak-Highashi Syndrome or albinism to enter. Anyone in high school can enter. Good Luck!!!!

Dear Colleague,

The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) announces its 7th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest for high school students from across the United States and around the world. You may recall that DNA Day commemorates the anniversary of the publication of Watson and Crick's seminal paper proposing a double-helical structure for DNA.

We have substantially increased the value of the awards for 2012. Students are eligible for cash prizes of $1,000, $600, and $400 for first-, second-, and third-place, respectively, and $100 for honorable mention (10 awards). Teachers of winning students will receive lab equipment grants of equivalent value. We invite you to submit up to six of the best essays your students write. Also, because ASHG has always emphasized the importance of writing quality in the essays, in addition to the accuracy of the genetics content, please consider promoting this contest with your colleagues in the language arts. It is an excellent vehicle for implementing .writing across the curriculum..

Below is a link to the essay question, rules, and deadlines for the 2012 contest. A one-page flyer promoting the contest is also attached. The essay submission site will open in January, and winners will be announced April 20. We know you like to have this information as early in the academic year as possible so that you can build the essay into your teaching plans, and we hope you will be submitting this year.

Best regards,

Michael J. Dougherty, Ph.D.

Director of Education

American Society of Human Genetics

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