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Accessing your Round 1 essays:


  1. Log in to the ASHG portal through the button on the left side of the screen labeled "Login with ASHG". Your username is the email address associated with your membership

  2. Select "My Reviewing Assignments" from the table on the left side of the screen

  3. Please read through each essay assigned to you and select either "Accept" or "Decline"
    • Accept means you judge this essay as fit to move on to Round 2, in which judges will read through the essays more thoroughly and score with a provided rubric.
    • Decline means you judge this essay as not fit to move on to Round 2. 

Round 1 judging ends on Monday, March 18 at 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern Time.


If you cannot remember your username or password, please contact dnaday@ashg.org.


Judging Tips

  • The goal of Round 1 is to eliminate essays that are clearly of lower quality
  • Accept/decline an essay based on your overall sense of how well a student grasps and explains the concepts addressed by the question, and by the overall quality of the writing
  • Essays were randomly assigned and may be above average or below average
  • There is no minimum or maximum number of essays that you must accept or decline

Essay Question:

Many human diseases have a genetic component. Some diseases result from a change in a single gene or even multiple genes. Yet, many diseases are complex and stem from an interaction between genes and the environment. Environmental factors may include chemicals in the air or water, nutrition, microbes, ultraviolet radiation from the sun and social context. Provide an example of how the interplay of genetics and environment can shape human health.

If you have any questions, please contact dnaday@ashg.org