Given the growing impact of Artificial Intelligence on our lives, the ESHG has decided to make A.I. part of the contest instead of banning it. this year’s question is:
Ask an Artificial Intelligence chat of your choice to write a 350 word essay on the topic: “Is the human Y-chromosome vanishing in the future?” In a 750 word essay of your own, discuss the result and its consequences, should the public believe the content of the A.I. essay was actually true.
Secondary school students between 14 and 19 years of age may enter the contest. All essays should be submitted by the student’s classroom teacher. If possible, the best essays from a class should be selected for submission.
The essay is strictly limited to 750 words. One optional figure or image can be included in the essay. Any figure legend will be included in the word count. A picture of the student should also be attached if possible.
Please submit essays in English. However, students are welcome to write their essays in their own language and have them translated by their teachers/schools.
All essays must be received no later than April 25, 2024, 24.00 hrs CET.
All essays must be submitted online via this website. Detailed instructions are given below. Submissions by email can unfortunately not be accepted.
The ESHG has facilitated a very interesting website with diverse Genetic Educational Resources. Check www.eurogems.org for more information.
Essays will be read and scored by at least three independent geneticists from the ESHG. Scoring will be based on the following criteria:
- Overall accuracy of genetic content (0-7 pts)
- Use of evidence to support an argument (0-3 pts)
- Is the essay focused on question? (0-3 pts)
- Writing quality (clear thesis, composition) (0-5 pts)
- References and citations (0-2 pts for several high-quality sources)
So a maximum of 20 points from each reviewer can be achieved.
1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be chosen. The winning students and their teachers will be announced by end of May/beginning of June 2024. Their names, photos, and essays will then appear on the ESHG DNA Day website.
First Place Winner: EUR 400
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 300
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 200
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.
September: Submissions opens
April 25: Deadline for the submission to the European Society of Human Genetics
April 25: DNA DAY
April 25 – June 10: An international jury of scientists are judging the submissions
Mid June: Essay contest winners will be announced to the public