The 2nd Annual Genes and Health Contest

COMPETITORS: High school GIDAS members. Other high school students are also welcome with advanced registration

DATE: Saturday, February 22, 2014

TIME: 2 – 5 pm

LOCATION: University of Michigan, Room 1250 on the Plaza Level (main floor) of the Undergraduate Science Building

REGISTRATION: Send the contest application form to miRcore at 2929 Plymouth Rd. Suite 207, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 by February 20, 2014. Or email the application form to info at or to email address in the application form. If you have difficulties to send the form electronically, please email us your intention to participate and bring the form to camp after our confirmation. You will receive email confirmation for the registration.

BRING: Laptop (if you don't have a laptop, please tell us that you need a computer when register)

FEE: Free (donations are welcome - check payable to "miRcore")

SUBJECTS: 1) genomics

                2) Alzheimer’s Disease (Disease of focus in 2013-14 school year)

Session 1: Multiple choice test (40% of the total score)

Session 2: Trivia game for a group competition (10%)

Session 3: Computational research (50%)

SNACK: Provided  

PURPOSE: To familiarize students with functional genomics, help them understand diseases in terms of genes and environmental networks, and participate in computational biology research.

AWARD: Cash prizes for the contest winners and raffle winners. Award ceremony follows the competition and talent show.

PARENTS are welcome to attend any of the events (see parent sessions for more information). 



Subsidiary, Johnson & Johnson

For those who do not feel prepared for this contest:

Participation will broaden your perspective on the emerging field of medical genomics. You become familiar with key elements of genomics and learn how to access freely available resources which can lead to cures. In short, the contest itself is a learning opportunity.

Do you have talent to show? Share your talent with others while we are summing up results.

While you participate, enjoy snacks.

You may even win a prize! (either contest or raffle)



1:30 – 2:00 pm              Arrival and Check-in (Room 1250)

2:00 – 2:10 pm              Contest introduction

2:10 – 2:40 pm              Multiple choice paper test  |  Parents (Room 2234: Can high school students perform real research?)

2:40 – 3:20 pm              Group trivia game (groups will be randomly assigned)  |  Parents can observe or participate as a team

3:20 – 3:40 pm              Break, snacks, and half of the contestants move to the computer lab (Room 2234)

3:40 – 4:10 pm              Computational research on genomics and Alzheimer's (guided tasks using computers)  | Parents (room 2230)

4:10 – 4:15 pm              Gather in Room 1250

4:15 – 4:45 pm              Talent show featuring schools and individuals  |  Parents enjoy the show

4:45 – 5:00 pm              Award ceremony including a raffle


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