DNA Day essay competition 2020

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ASHG DNA Day Essay Contest Submissions Now Open

Submissions for the American Society of Human Genetics’ 2020 DNA Day Essay Contest are now being accepted! Bring genetics into your classroom by building this contest into your teaching plans and encouraging your students to participate. 

This year, they’re asking students about ancestry testing.

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.)?

Important Dates

  • Early January 2020: Submission site opens
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020: Submission site closes
  • Friday, April 24, 2020: Winners and Honorable Mentions announced
  • Saturday, April 25, 2020 : DNA Day


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

Honorable Mentions: 10 student prizes of $100 each

How to apply:


Source: https://www.ashg.org/discover-genetics/k-12-education/dna-day/