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.
2013 National DNA Day/Smithsonian Institution Activities
The National DNA Day/Smithsonian celebration will be a unique day when students and teachers can learn more about genetics and genomics. The DNA Day celebration will include a morning of engaging scientific presentations and panel discussions with some of the nation's leading historians, scientists, geneticists and physicians that will emphasize the wide breadth of careers within genomics and genetics.
The afternoon will be filled with events at the National Museum of Natural History for students and teachers, led by NHGRI and Smithsonian staff. Participating groups will have the opportunity to visit various exhibits at the museum and partake in activities that will be a part of the Smithsonian NHGRI Genome Exhibition that will open in June 2013.
2013 National DNA Day American Society of Human Genetics Essay Contest
- The 8th Annual National DNA Day Essay Contest Opened January 18th! Apply now!
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) invites you to participate in the 8th 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. (Read more)
DNA Day Online Chatroom
The National DNA Day online chatroom is closed and will resume April 25th, 2014.
- Check out the 2012 transcript to read all of the questions and answers from the 2012 Online Chatroom.
- Visit: The Online Chatroom Archives for transcripts dating back to 2005.
2012 National DNA Day Essay Contest Winners
The 2012 DNA Day Essay Contest winners were:
|Student||Grade||School||City / State||Teacher|
|1st Place||Nathan Swetlitz||11||Chicagoland Jewish High School||Deerfield, IL||Robert Taylor|
|2nd Place||Kevin Zhang||12||Hatboro-Horsham High School||Horsham, PA||Maria Simon|
|3rd Place||Girishkumar Chandrasekar||10||Naperville Central High School||Naperville, IL||Nicholas DiGiovanni|
|Honorable Mention: Jason Lam, Stuyvesant High School, NY (Teacher: Maria Nedwidek); Monica Woolley, Punahou School, HI (Teacher: Marguerite Ashford); Lindsay Leigler, Tesoro High School, CA (Teacher: Megan Gray); Emily Kragel, Junius H. Rose High School, NC (Teacher: Jedediah Smith); Brian Lue, The John Cooper School, TX (Teacher: Holly Barlaam); Kristen Datta, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, MN (Teacher: Tina Barsky); Vivienne Chen, Montgomery Blair High School, MD (Teacher: Angelique Bosse); Tejas Sundaresan, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, NC (Teacher: Myra Halpin); Lucy Li, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, MN (Teacher: Tina Barsky); Gabrielle Ewall, Cold Spring Harbor High School, NY (Teacher: Jaak Raudsepp).|
DNA Day Awards
- Learn About: The 2012 National DNA Day Awards
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.
Past 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
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For questions about DNA Day or DNA Day resources, please send an e-mail to: DNAday@mail.nih.gov
Last Reviewed: September 3, 2013