DNA Day Essay Contest 2024

ASHG supports National DNA Day through the Annual DNA Day Essay Contest. DNA Day marks the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003 and the discovery of the double helix of DNA in 1953. The program includes an award of $3,000 to 13 students based on the essays they have written on the provided topic.

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DNA Day Essay Contest 2024 – Overview

Scholarship NameDNA Day Essay Contest
Application Open DateNovember 1, 2023
Application DeadlineMarch 6, 2024
Winners 1
Scholarship Amount$100–$1,000
Apply Online https://www.ashg.org/dna-day/

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Important Dates

  • Early January, 2024: Submission site opens
  • March 6, 2024: Submission site closes
  • April 25, 2024: DNA Day! Winners and Honorable Mentions announced


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

Eligibility Criteria

Must be students in grades 9-12 worldwide and ask students to examine, question, and reflect on important concepts in genetics.

Application Process

  • Essay

Many human diseases have a genetic component. Some diseases result from a change in a single gene or even multiple genes. Yet, many diseases are complex and stem from an interaction between genes and the environment. Environmental factors may include chemicals in the air or water, nutrition, microbes, ultraviolet radiation from the sun and social context. Provide an example of how the interplay of genetics and environment can shape human health.

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Selection Process

All essays will be evaluated based on the overall accuracy of science content. The use of relevant evidence in support of an argument/answer is a major criterion. Only essays well-focused on the question/topic will be chosen. Essays will be checked for writing quality such as composition, clarity of thesis, grammar, syntax, and spelling.


What is the application deadline?

March 6, 2024.

What is the Scholarship amount?


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