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The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) offers multiple public and engagement programs to enable members and others in the community to interact, provide leadership, be recognized, and connect with one another. Below is a list of public engagement activities, awards, leadership opportunities, and fellowships offered by ASHG at various times during the year.

An ASHG Portal login is required to access the submission webpages for each program. This is the same login if you have recently joined/renewed as an ASHG member. If you do not have a ASHG Portal login, click here to create an ASHG Portal account. If you forgot your password, click here to reset your ASHG Portal password. Please note: your username is the email address associated with your membership.

Annual DNA Day Essay Contest
This year marks the 16th anniversay of DNA Day, which will be on Thursday, April 25, 2019. ASHG commemorates DNA Day each year through its DNA Day Essay Contest, which invites students in grades 9-12 worldwide to examine, question, and reflect on important concepts in genetics. Entries are evaluated by over 300 ASHG members who volunteer as judges, and results announced on April 25. The 14th Annual DNA Day Contest is now open. Contest entries can be submitted on the DNA Day Essay Contest webpage. Click here to read the 2018 DNA Day Essay Contest Winners. Judging recruitment for ASHG members will begin in February. 

ASHG Annual Awards
Since 1962, ASHG has honored outstanding achievements in the field through its annual awards. ASHG members are invited to nominate their colleagues for these prestigious awards. Nomination materials include the candidate's CV, a formal nomination letter, and an online form. Self-nominations are permitted. These awards recognize individuals with a diverse background of experience, ideas, and perspectives for a variety of activities, including carrying out substantial research and far-reaching scientific contributions to the field, expanding human genetics education, promoting the science of human genetics and its application for the common good, and mentoring efforts to cultivate the next generation of professionals in human genetics. In addition to monetary prizes, awardees are invited to give a 15-30 minute talk at the ASHG Annual Meeting and receive complimentary travel to and registration for the meeting. Click here to view the 2018 award recipients. The call for nominations for the 2019 ASHG Annual Awards opens on March 11.

ASHG Board of Directors
ASHG is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of the President, President-elect, Secretary, Treasurer, the Past President, Executive Director, and other members of the Society, including one trainee member and one early-career member. Board members are elected for a three-year term. ASHG holds an election each summer to fill vacating terms. ASHG members are invited to submit nominations for board candidates. Self-nominations are permitted. The call for nominations to serve on the 2020 ASHG Board of Directors opens on January 22. 

ASHG Committees
Each year, ASHG members are invited to submit nominations to serve on an ASHG Committee. Self-nominations are permitted. Serving on an ASHG Committee is a great way to get involved with Society activities, build your network across institutions and countries, and contribute your expertise to the collective advancement of our field. We are committed to ensuring that the composition of ASHG committees reflects the diversity – scientifically and otherwise – of our membership, and believe that a diverse leadership structure provides the variety of perspectives and ideas needed to develop high-quality programs. The call for nominations to serve on a 2020 ASHG Committee opens on January 22. Click here to view the 2019 ASHG Committee members.

Trainee Leadership Opportunities
Trainee members (undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, medical students, and resident/clinical fellows) may apply to contribute to the Society's leadership by serving on an ASHG Committee or the ASHG Board of Directors. Trainees in these positions are expected to be full, engaged committee/Board members and to fully embrace the responsibilities of their position. No prior committee experience required. The trainee leadership opportunity application to serve on a 2020 ASHG Committee will be available on January 22. The trainee position on the Board has been filled through 2020. We will accept trainee applications for the board during the 2020 application cycle. 

ASHG/NHGRI Genetics Education & Engagement Fellowship
The ASHG/NHGRI Genetics Education & Engagement Fellowship is designed for genetics professionals (or life scientists with substantial experience in genetics or genomics) who: have an advanced degree, are early in their careers, and are interested in developing and implementing genetic and genomic literacy, engagement, diversity, and/or professional development initiatives for audiences comprising K-12, undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, and professional. The fellow will participate in rotations at NHGRI and ASHG, and typically a third organization involved in genetic and genomic literacy, engagement, diversity, or professional development. The 2019-2020 fellowship application for will open on February 25. Click here to view the list of current and former fellows.

ASHG/NHGRI Genetics & Public Policy Fellowship
The ASHG/NHGRI Genetics & Public Policy Fellowship is designed for genetics professionals with an advanced degree who are early in their careers and interested in the development and implementation of genetics-related health and research policies at a national level. The fellow will have the opportunity to participate in policy analysis at NHGRI and ASHG, and to work directly within the U.S. Congress. The 2019-2020 fellowship application will open on February 25. Click here to view the list of current and former fellows.

Should you have any questions about ASHG's programs, please contact society@ashg.org for assistance.