For many years this contest has provided teachers and students an opportunity to learn about the physics behind natural and contrived situations by creating visual and written illustrations of various physical concepts.
Students compete in an international arena with more than 1,000 of their peers for recognition and prizes.
The student must be studying at the same school as the teacher who submits their essay. No, please make sure all information is correct before submitting because it will be final.
How does the teacher vouch for the originality of the student’s work?
In-text citations are included in the word count, but the reference list is not included. Yes Should everything be on one page or should references have a separate page?
The reference list will be submitted separately in the “references” section of the submission site. Once the essay is copied and pasted into the submission site, it will be formatted to fit our standard margins and fonts. Only teachers, administrators, or parents who teach their home-schooled child can submit an essay.Text from essays may be used for research purposes to identify misconceptions, misunderstandings, and areas of student interest in genetics.Student text may be published on the ASHG website, newsletter, or in other ASHG-supported publications.The contest consists of three rounds of evaluation. Round 1 essays will be judged solely on whether or not they are of high enough quality.The chosen essays will move on to Round 2 and eventually a selected group will move on to Round 3.Judges in Rounds 2 and 3 will use the rubric below.Each essay in Rounds 1 and 2 will be reviewed by at least 3 judges. Judges use this rubric to evaluate every essay in the second and third rounds of judging.Use of the photos from the website for educational purposes is permitted.However, all other print or digital use requires permission.Please keep in mind, though, that teachers of winners will receive a genetics materials grant and will be featured with the winning students in our announcements.How do I submit my essay if a teacher cannot do it for me? The link was sent in the initial judge recruiting email. All judging deadlines are included in the email that was sent to you. Please ONLY forward the judging email to colleagues who are members of ASHG.