ASHG Awards Teens for Their Genetics Videos

On December 9, 2016, the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) announced Beryl Zhou and Cindy Xu, students at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley in Fremont, California, as the first-place winners of the ASHG's 2016 Teen Genes Video Challenge. Guohang Zhang, of John A. Rowland High School in Rowland Heights, California; Samuel Catania, of Harriton High School in Rosemont, Pennsylvania; and Joan Fernandez, Sergio Augusto Sanchez, and Jose Rodolfo Romain, of Colegio Loyola in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, received honorable mentions. “It’s exciting to see the level of student interest in genomics, and the quality of their video entries was terrific,” said Michael Dougherty, Ph.D., Director of Education for ASHG. “ASHG is pleased to provide students this opportunity to creatively explore the impact of genetics on their lives and society.” Entrants were asked to submit a 3-5 minute video that describes any current application of genetics and explains how it works. After the videos were reviewed for appropriateness, ASHG members were invited to view the entries and use a predetermined set of judging criteria to vote for a winner. First-place winners Zhou and Xu, whose clay stop-motion video described how CRISPR genome editing works, will share a $1,500 monetary prize. In addition, they will participate in a video chat with Rick Guidotti, an award-winning former fashion photographer and founder of Positive Exposure. Honorable mention recipients will each receive a $150 monetary prize. For additional details on the contest winners, including the winning videos, see: [ASHG press release] [See more information and view videos]
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