2020 USA AWARDS
10 Honorable Mentions
For teams whose proposals display remarkable scientific rigor and creativity
5 Junior Scientist Awards
For middle school students in grades 7-8
5 Constellation Awards
For the school with the highest number of submissions from each of the five US regions
5 Genes in Space Finalists
Receive mentoring from scientists from Harvard and MIT
Present proposals to a Genes in Space judges for a chance to win
1 Genes in Space National Winner
Participate in Space Biology Camp to prepare experiment for space travel
Travel to Kennedy Space Center to see the launch
Launch your DNA experiment to space!
All awardees will receive a miniPCR DNA Discovery System™ for their schools or educational institutions. This is the same DNA analysis technology aboard the ISS!
Your submission will be judged by a panel of scientists and thought leaders on the creative and scientific merit of your experimental idea
Submissions are reviewed blindly by a panel of Ph.D.-trained scientists and experienced space technologists. Your application will be scored on the creative and scientific merit of your experimental idea.
- i. Have you identified an interesting question? 25 points
- ii. Have you stated a clear hypothesis? 25 points
- iii. Does your hypothesis require the unique environment of the ISS? 30 points
- iv. Does your experimental design make creative use of PCR in space? 20 points