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DNA-DAY 2014 - ESSAY CONTEST

Seventh Annual European DNA Day Essay Contest
for High School Students

Deadline: March 15, 2014

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 seventh 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.

 

Question 2014
 

Complex traits, such as blood pressure, height, cardiovascular disease, or autism, are the combined result of multiple genes and the environment. For ONE complex human trait of your choosing, identify and explain the contributions of at least one genetic factor AND one environmental factor. How does this interplay lead to a phenotype? Keep in mind that the environment may include nutrition, psychological elements, and other non-genetic factors.

 

Prizes
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.

 

Italian Society rewards best national submissions
The Italian Society of Human Genetics (SIGU) will, as in previous years, award additional prizes and diplomas to Italian students having participated in the ESHG Contest. The winners will be announced at the Annual Meeting of the SIGU.

 

Special Dates
December 6   Submissions opens
March 15   Deadline for the submission to the European Society of Human Genetics
April 25   DNA DAY
April 25   Essay contest winners will be announced

 

How can I submit an Essay?
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