Does the 750 word count include images and their descriptions?
Are citations included in the word count?
In-text citations are included in the word count, but the reference list is not included.
Are headings/titles included in the word count?
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. Everything will be included on one page once the essay is submitted.
Is there a standard font or margin size preferred?
No. Once the essay is copied and pasted into the submission site, it will be formatted to fit our standard margins and fonts.
Can I (a student) submit my essay myself?
Only teachers, administrators, or parents who teach their home-schooled child can submit an essay. While we encourage your current science teacher to submit your essay for you, your English teacher, another science teacher, or any other teacher who helped you can submit your essay.
What does it mean that only teachers can submit essays?
This means students cannot submit their essay themselves and must ask a teacher to do it for them. This is to encourage students to work with their teacher when they write their essay. 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?
Try to find any other teacher who can submit for you. If this isn’t an option, please email us at email@example.com.
Can my guidance counselor submit my essay for me?
Can I submit for my student who is currently studying abroad?
The student must be studying at the same school as the teacher who submits their essay.
Can I change information after I have submitted?
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?
Your submission represents your authentication that the essays are the original work of your students.
How do I submit more essays?
Use the submission link in the confirmation email.
I submitted late. Will my essay still be judged?
All late submissions will not be judged.
Why isn’t the submission site working?
It may be your browser. Try Firefox or Chrome.
Check your email address. Your may have entered it incorrectly.
Check your submitted information. You may not have filled in all the information required.
Where’s the confirmation email?
It may take some time for the email to get to you. If you haven’t received it by the end of the day, either check your junk mailbox or double check that the email address you provided is correct. If neither of those options work, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where do I find the link to volunteer as a judge?
The link was sent in the initial judge recruiting email.
What’s the judging deadline?
All judging deadlines are included in the email that was sent to you.
Can I forward this judging email to a colleague?
Please ONLY forward the judging email to colleagues who are members of ASHG.
Will I be able to read the winning essays after the competition?
Normally, we make highlights from the essay available on the winners page.
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Mobility Disability Scholarship
Available to: Ages 16+
Award Amount: 2 Awards of $500
The Mobility Disability Scholarship is available to students who have a mobility disability, and those who have a regard for disability awareness in America. To be considered, you must submit a presentation of why disability awareness is important. Entries may include essays and poems.
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Mouse Hole ScholarshipDeadline: Varies
Available to: Ages 16-18
Award Amount: $1,000
Sponsored by Blind Mice Mart, the Mouse Hole Scholarship is open to visually impaired students and to sighted students with visually impaired parents.
You must submit a four- to fifteen- page essay describing where you are in your life in the year 2020.
You must be attending a college or university degree program in the United States.
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CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World ScholarshipDeadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies; 25 Available
Sponsored by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), the CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship is available to students who are living with a disability and planning to study abroad through the Council on International Educational Exchange Program.
You must describe why you want to study abroad and any efforts you have made in advocating on disability issues or how you will use this opportunity to enhance the lives of persons with disabilities to be eligible for this award.
You must also be a U.S. citizen.
Learn more information about the CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship.
James “Rhio” O’Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Years 1 through 5
Award Amount: $5,000
Sponsored by Cancer Monthly, LLC, the James “Rhio” O’Connor Memorial Scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students at colleges/universities in the United States.
To be considered, you must submit an essay on the use of alternative medical approaches in the treatment of cancer.
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It is estimated that it costs over $400 million to bring a new cancer drug to market. Does that establish roadblocks for the testing and approval of alternative therapies?
Get more information on the James “Rhio” O’Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Chairscholars Foundation Florida ScholarshipDeadline: Varies
Available to: High School Seniors through College Freshmen
Award Amount: 100% of Tuition
The Chairscholars Foundation Florida Scholarship is open to seriously disabled students attending public schools in the Florida counties of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Volusia, Sarasota, and Polk.
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Learn more information about the Chairscholars Foundation Florida Scholarship.
Robert B. Betts Endowed Distinguished Academic ScholarshipDeadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies
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