American Society of Human Genetics sponsoring student essay contest 


The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) invites students to enter its 2020 DNA Day Essay Contest.

The contest is open to students in grades 9-12 and asks them to examine, question and reflect on important concepts in genetics. This year’s essay question is about ancestry testing.

Teachers can bring genetics into their classrooms by incorporating the contest into teaching plans and encouraging students to participate. Teachers also may incorporate genetics into their classrooms using the ASHG Genetics Engagement and Education Network, which is made up of human genetics experts who have volunteered their time to be a resource and answer questions at no cost to schools. Teachers can send a request for a lab tour, a scientist to visit your classroom and many more options.

The entry deadline is March 4. Visit ASHG’s website for more information.