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Scholarship Details

ASHG DNA Day Essay Contest


  • Must be submitted by a teacher and written by high school students (grades 9-12) in the U.S. and internationally.

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All applications must be submitted by 5:00pm EST on March 9, 2018.

How to Apply

  • All essays must be written in English and are limited to 750 words. Essays must include at least one reference.

    • Traditionally, genetic testing for diagnosis or risk of disease has been done in conjunction with medical professionals, such as genetic counselors. These professionals are experts not online in genetics, but also in counseling patients and family members about the benefits and potential harms of learning about a disease risk. Today, this traditional route is not the only option: direct-to-consumer genetic testing, offered by several companies, does not require a medical professional. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has established a process by which companies can provide predictive testing for certain disorders, in addition to common traits such as straight or wavy hair. Do you think medical professionals should be required for all genetic testing, or should consumers have direct access to predictive genetic testing? In defending your answer, use at least one disorder to explore the implications of involving, and not involving, a medical professional such as a genetic counselor.
  • Complete the online application.

The application and submission guidelines can be found on the scholarship’s website.

Deadline: 03/09/2018

Amount: $100-1,000

Online Application Available

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