European DNA Day Essay Contest 2015
8th Annual European DNA Day Essay Contest for High School Students
Deadline for submission of Essays: March 15, 2015
Welcome to all students and teachers!
What is the DNA DAY Essay Contest?
The structure of the DNA double helix was unraveled over sixty years ago! DNA Day, April 25, is now commemorated internationally as a celebration of Genetics and its promises. For the eighth year, the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG), will be sponsoring a DNA Day Essay contest in European high schools. Once again we will partner with the American Society of Human Genetics in this initiative; using similar essay questions, thus allowing a better assessment of knowledge and perspectives on genetics among students from both continents.
The essay contest is meant as a learning tool and a means to promote knowledge of genetics within Europe. It intends to challenge students to examine, question and reflect on the importance and social implications of genetic research and its applications. Essays are expected to contain substantive, well-reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the issues addressed by the selected essay question.
One of the following questions must be answered:
1. Do you think genome sequencing will impact on your future life? Give examples of what you would want and what you would not want to happen because of genome sequencing.
2. How can you explain human complexity when we have so few protein coding genes, e.g. about 5,000 less than a cucumber?
First Place Winner: EUR 300.-
In addition, sponsoring teachers of first place students will receive EUR 1.000.- to organise a science project or to purchase classroom equipment.
Second Place Winner: EUR 200.-
In addition, sponsoring teachers of first place students will receive EUR 800.- to organise a science project or to purchase classroom equipment
Third Place Winner: EUR 100.-
In addition, sponsoring teachers of first place students will receive EUR 500.- to organise a science project or to purchase classroom equipment
All participants will receive a certificate of appreciation for their participation in the contest.
Deadline for the submission to the European Society of Human Genetics
Essay contest winners will be announced