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ASHG’s primary educational objectives are to promote awareness of human genetics, encourage young people to enter genetics-related careers, and foster trust and support for genetics research. ASHG accomplishes those goals by educating students, health care professionals, health policy makers, the media, and the public about human genetics and its translation to health care practice. Learn more about ASHG’s efforts in academic/professional training and public/consumer education.




DNA Day Essay Contest


Lesson Plan Database


Building Excellence in Genetics Instruction Workshop (BEGIn)


Find a local geneticist to speak in your classroom (GEON)


Trainee Fellowships & Awards


Teen Genes Video Challenge


Trainee Forum (Facebook/LinkedIn)


A Statement on the Importance of Participation of Scientists in K-12 Science Education


The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) encourages administrators and leaders in institutions of higher education, including medical schools, to give appropriate credit to faculty who participate in formal outreach activities involving K-12 students and teachers. For example, during the appointment, tenure, and promotion process, participation in sustainable teaching activities and curriculum and materials development should be highly valued. Continued public support for genetics research and informed participation in an increasingly genetics-based healthcare system demand that consumers understand genetics and its importance in health and disease. ASHG will continue to leverage its expertise, in particular its membership, and provide leadership and organizational infrastructure to improve K-12 science education to achieve the goal of an informed public.


Education Staff

Michael Dougherty, PhD 
Director of Education
(240) 281-9507      
Karen Hanson, MS, MBA, CGC
Health Professional Education
Programs Manager

(301) 634-7323

Kanika Pulliam, PhD
Educational Programs Manager
(301) 634-7326



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