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Past Programs


As part of continuing efforts to provide ASHG members, non-members, and the general public with the most effective and valuable educational programming, ASHG has decided to sunset certain programs. Here you will find some of ASHG's most successful programs which have given rise to current programs the society offers.



Geneticist - Educator Network of Alliances (GENA)


From 2007-2010, GENA, funded by the Math-Science Partnership Program at the National Science Foundation (EHR #0634296), supported the development of 70 geneticist-teacher partnerships throughout the United States and Canada. With the help of colleagues at the National Science Resources Center (NSRC, now the Smithsonian's Science Education Center), ASHG built a national framework for university-high school collaborations in genetics education and supported university faculty engaged in K-12 science outreach.


Highlights of GENA

Learn more about GENA


Genetics Education Research Program (GERP)


The purpose of the Genetics Education Research Program was to support proposals for investigating research questions related to genetics education, grades 7-20. Applications were reviewed by a subset of the ASHG Information & Education Committee (I&E), who then sent a list of top selections to the ASHG Board of Directors for final approval. Used as a tool to catalyze interest in genetics education research, the program was never planned to continue indefinitely. After 5 years of successfully running the program, the ASHG Board of Directors felt this program accomplished its goal and dissolved the program.


Funded Projects Highlighted

  • Teacher development

  • Student learning

  • Activity creation

  • Analysis of the impact of pedagogy

  • Development and evaluation of assessment tools

Click here to read more about previous awardees and funded projects



Graduate School Training Programs Guide


Developed in the early 2000s, this user-maintained guide was created by the Information & Education Committee (I&E) to serve as a reference source for undergraduate and graduate students considering a career in human genetics. The guide focused on North American programs that offered graduate and postgraduate training, and allowed users to search for programs based upon geographic location or alphabetical order. With almost 130 program entries, this resource was vital during a time when there were few internet databases and search tools available for young professionals. Now, with the development of accreditation databases and the strong internet presence of individual genetics programs and institutions, ASHG has decided to sunset this guide. Individuals still interested in finding human genetics training programs are encouraged to visit the following sites:


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