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Welcome to the 14th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest submission site!

The deadline to submit all essays is Friday, March 8, 2019 at 5:00 pm U.S. Eastern Time

Keep in mind the following:

  • You will need to create a profile in the ASHG web portal to submit an essay. You will be taken to the sign in page when you click "Submit Student Essays" (below) or "Login with ASHG" (to the left).  If you are already an ASHG member, please use your membership login information. Login instructions are provided, if needed. 
  • Only classroom teachers or primary instructors of home-schooled students may submit student essays.
  • All essays must be written in English and are limited to 750 words. Word count includes essay titles and in-text citations, but does not include reference lists.
  • Do not include your student's name or any identifying information in their essay. 
  • Each teacher is limited to submitting SIX student essays per class, for up to THREE classes.
  • One entry may be submitted per student.

Submit Student Essay

2019 Question

Jonathan, age 50, has just been diagnosed with Huntington’s disease (HD). His genetic counselor, Karen, seeks Jonathan’s consent to disclose this diagnosis to his daughter, Sarah, who is 25. Jonathan refuses to allow Karen or anyone else on the medical staff to reveal this diagnosis to Sarah. (1) Present arguments for and against Jonathan's position by discussing the relevant goals, rights, and duties of each of the parties in this case. (2) Then choose one argument to defend, using your knowledge of the scientific and medical aspects of HD. This reading includes explanations of these three categories involved in making a difficult decision. Be certain to use your knowledge of the scientific and medical aspects of HD to support your views.


1st Place Winner

$1000 for student

$1000 genetics materials grant

2nd Place Winner

$600 for student

$600 genetics materials grant

3rd Place Winner

$400 for student

$400 genetics materials grant

Honorable Mention 10 student prizes of $100 each

For more information about the DNA Day Essay Contest, visit our website
Questions: Email Evelyn Mantegani at dnaday@ashg.org