Genetics Essays

Format

Does the 750 word count include images and their descriptions?
Yes

Are citations included in the word count?
In-text citations are included in the word count, but the reference list is not included.

Are headings/titles included in the word count?
Yes

Should everything be on one page or should references have a separate page?
The reference list will be submitted separately in the “references” section of the submission site. Everything will be included on one page once the essay is submitted.

Is there a standard font or margin size preferred?
No. Once the essay is copied and pasted into the submission site, it will be formatted to fit our standard margins and fonts.

Submission/Participation

Can I (a student) submit my essay myself?
Only teachers, administrators, or parents who teach their home-schooled child can submit an essay. While we encourage your current science teacher to submit your essay for you, your English teacher, another science teacher, or any other teacher who helped you can submit your essay.

What does it mean that only teachers can submit essays?
This means students cannot submit their essay themselves and must ask a teacher to do it for them. This is to encourage students to work with their teacher when they write their essay. Please keep in mind, though, that teachers of winners will receive a genetics materials grant and will be featured with the winning students in our announcements.

How do I submit my essay if a teacher cannot do it for me?
Try to find any other teacher who can submit for you. If this isn’t an option, please email us at dnaday@ashg.org.

Can my guidance counselor submit my essay for me?
Yes

Can I submit for my student who is currently studying abroad?
The student must be studying at the same school as the teacher who submits their essay.

Can I change information after I have submitted?
No, please make sure all information is correct before submitting because it will be final.

How does the teacher vouch for the originality of the student’s work?
Your submission represents your authentication that the essays are the original work of your students.

How do I submit more essays?
Use the submission link in the confirmation email.

I submitted late. Will my essay still be judged?
All late submissions will not be judged.

Why isn’t the submission site working?
It may be your browser. Try Firefox or Chrome.
Check your email address. Your may have entered it incorrectly.
Check your submitted information. You may not have filled in all the information required.  

Where’s the confirmation email?
It may take some time for the email to get to you. If you haven’t received it by the end of the day, either check your junk mailbox or double check that the email address you provided is correct. If neither of those options work, email dnaday@ashg.org.

Judging

Where do I find the link to volunteer as a judge?
The link was sent in the initial judge recruiting email.

What’s the judging deadline?
All judging deadlines are included in the email that was sent to you.

Can I forward this judging email to a colleague?
Please ONLY forward the judging email to colleagues who are members of ASHG.

Winners’ Site

Will I be able to read the winning essays after the competition?
Normally, we make highlights from the essay available on the winners page.

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Sep. 28, 2016 — Despite evolving separately for 400 million years, some sharks and tuna share genetic traits linked to higher metabolism and quick swimming ... read more


Mar. 4, 2016 — This year marks the 150th anniversary of Gregor Mendel's publication that--after sitting ignored for a few decades--helped launch the field of modern genetics. Today, we know that inheritance is ... read more


Aug. 15, 2016 — A horticultural sciences professor and his colleagues found genetic markers for fruit quality traits that will be useful in future cultivar-breeding ... read more


Apr. 2, 2015 — Characteristics passed between generations are not decided solely by DNA, but can be brought about by other material in cells, new research shows. Scientists studied proteins found in cells, known as ... read more


New Technique Helps Link Complex Mouse Behaviors to Genes That Influence Them

July 4, 2016 — Mice are one of the most commonly used laboratory organisms, widely used to study everything from autism to infectious diseases. Yet genomic studies in mice have lagged behind those in humans. In a ... read more


Feb. 15, 2017 — Researchers are are unpacking the entire DNA sequences of 50 influential animals dating back to the 1950s, then honing in on the genes associated with specific traits in order to capture the best ... read more


Aug. 23, 2017 — As the global climate changes and temperatures continue to rise, heat stress is becoming a major limiting factor for pea cultivation. A new study indicates that pea plants with some specific traits ... read more


June 3, 2016 — Fish that are bred to be bolder or more shy show corresponding changes to their body shape and locomotion, suggesting that personality changes affect other seemingly unrelated traits. The findings ... read more


Oct. 7, 2015 — A new study of sorghum explores the genetics of heterosis, the process by which hybrid plants perform better than the parent varieties used to create them. The new study fills in some of the gaps ... read more


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