The 3rd Annual Genes and Health Contest


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

DATE: Saturday, February 7, 2015

TIME: 2 – 5 pm

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

REGISTRATION is required. 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) Parkinson’s Disease (Disease of focus in 2014-15 school year)

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

Session 2: Trivia game for a group competition (20%)

Session 3: Computational research (40%)


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. 




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. Due to time limitation, group performance gets higher priority. Apply as soon as possbile.

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

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 Parkingon's (guided tasks using computers)

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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