National DNA Day is a unique day when students, teachers and the public can learn more about genetics and genomics! The day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003, and the discovery of DNA's double helix. Next year, NHGRI will celebrate National DNA Day on April 20, 2012.
- Enter: The 7th Annual National DNA Day Essay Contest!
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) invites you to participate in the 7th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest! The contest is open to students in grades 9-12. The contest aims to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on the important concepts of genetics. Essays are expected to contain substantive, well-reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the concepts related to the essay questions.
Essays are read and evaluated by several independent judges through three rounds of scoring.
- 1st Place Winner: $1,000 + teacher receives a $1,000 grant for laboratory genetics equipment.
- 2nd Place Winner: $600 + teacher receives a $600 grant for laboratory genetics equipment.
- 3rd Place Winner: $400 + teacher receives a $400 grant for laboratory genetics equipment.
- Honorable Mention: 10 prizes of $100 each.
- Learn About: The 2012 National DNA Day Awards
National DNA Day 2011 Resources
- Read: The 2011 National DNA Day Online Chatroom Transcript to read all of the questions and answers fielded by our experts.
- Visit: The The Online Chatroom Archives for transcripts dating back to 2005.
For more ideas on how to celebrate DNA Day in your classroom, browse our DNA Day pages using the choices at the top of this page and try out our learning activities from DNA Day celebrations in the past. All of the activiites here are aimed at inspiring the next generation of scientists who will use the human genome sequence to benefit human health.
National DNA Day News and Features
- DNA Day Speaker Presentation
Download Powerpoint slides featuring a range of topics: From DNA to Function, How Proteins Are Made, Making SNPs Make Sense, more.
- NHGRI Employees Visit NIH Children's Inn To Make DNA Bracelets for National DNA Day
For questions about DNA Day or DNA Day resources, please send an e-mail to: DNAday@mail.nih.gov
Last Updated: November 28, 2011
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