East Researcher Recognized in Essay Competition

East Researcher Recognized in Essay Competition photo
High School East student Cindy Li, a senior in the ThINK Science Research program, received an honorable mention in the American Society of Human Genetics International DNA essay competition. 

This year’s topic centered on the direct-to-consumer DNA testing. Students were asked to reflect on the merits of such mail-in services where supportive counseling from healthcare professionals may be absent. According to Maria Zeitlin, High School East science research coordinator, “Li wrote an insightful essay that explored the topic from a meaningful point of view. It is especially important in my program that students be literate in the discussion of scientific topics that relate to the public at large.”

ASHG received entries from students in 43 U.S. states, as well as from 23 countries. Essays are expected to be well-reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the concepts related to the essay question.