May 3rd, 2023

To our 2023 contestants: Thank you!

When our application deadline closed on April 17, we were delighted to see that a total of 820 student teams chose to submit proposals to Genes in Space 2023. That means 820 students or pairs seized the opportunity to make their mark on the young field of space biology, and help create a brighter future for the next generation of space travelers. We thank you sincerely for answering our call.

Despite our delight, we were humbled — how would we choose just one project to launch from a field of 820? As we pored over your proposals, we found our reluctance was justified. You've shared some truly groundbreaking ideas with us! From harnessing the power of photosynthesis to fortify bone, to developing urine tests for oxidative stress, to farming fungi that will protect our bodies from cosmic radiation, your ideas were nothing short of inspiring. Spending the last two weeks reviewing your proposals was a joy and an honor.

We haven't yet picked our winning experiment, but we have taken our first steps toward rewarding your ingenuity and effort. Tomorrow, we announce our semifinalists, as well as our Junior Scientist Awardees and Constellation Awardees. Until then, know that whatever the outcome of the contest, you've helped the scientists and engineers on our review panel imagine a different future for space biology.

Ad astra,

The Genes in Space team