May 1st, 2024

Announcing the 2024 Constellation Awards!

The wait is over! After carefully reviewing 681 entries from 945 students, we're thrilled to unveil the first round of our Genes in Space 2024 awardees - our Constellation Award winners! These schools contributed the highest number of student proposals from each region of the US, and competition was fierce this year! Genes in Space reached the highest number of schools (231) and the most states (38) in our program's history! We were impressed with the breadth of topics and creative uses of the Genes in Space Toolkit from these motivated classrooms. All awardees will receive a P51 Fluorescence Biotechnology Toolkit for their schools, bringing the excitement of ISS research to your classrooms!

Don't miss it – tomorrow, we announce the Semifinalists vying for Finalist and Honorable Mention titles! The Junior Scientist Awards follow on Friday.

Constellation Awards

Awarded to the schools responsible for the most submissions in their regions, the Constellation Awards honor a school's collective enthusiasm for space biology. Constellation Awardees receive a biotechnology prize package that includes some of the same tools used aboard the International Space Station to carry out Genes in Space experiments.

The 2024 Constellation Awardees are:

Northeast: Stuyvesant High School in New York, NY

Southeast: Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, in Lawrenceville, GA

Midwest: Troy High School in Troy, MI

Southwest: Jenks High School in Jenks, OK

West: Thunder Ridge Middle School in Centennial, CO

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Map of the 2024 Constellation Award Winners

From the entire Genes in Space team: CONGRATULATIONS to all awardees! And thank you for doing your part to advance space exploration.

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