2018 Contest

The 6th Annual Genes and Health Contest



Winners are:

All Round Scholar

1st: Phillip Huang (home school, MI)

2nd: Eleanor Lin (Huron High Shcool, Ann Arbor, MI)

3rd: Veena Thamilselvan (Harrison High School, Farmington Hills, MI)


  Computational Biology Research Session

1st: Jakar Dhillon (Bloomfield Hills High School, Bloomfield Hills, MI)

2nd: Bhuvna Murthy (Huron High School, Ann Arbor, MI)
2nd: Varshini Odayar (Seven Hills School, Cincinnati, OH)
2nd: Jocelyn Zhang (Huron High School, Ann Arbor, MI)


  Genomics Session

1st: Neha Narayan (Salem high school, Canton, MI)

2nd: Aparna Krishnan (BASIS Scottsdale High School, Scottsdale, AZ)

3rd: Sneha Sundar (Plymouth High School, Canton, MI)


  UTR awards

 Maria Cheriyan (Detroit Country Day School, Beverly Hills, MI)

Prasanna Padmanabham (High Tech High School, San Diego, CA)


Intron awards

Emily Wang (Green Hills High School, Ann Arbor, MI)



GIDAS Club Awards

 Best GIDAS School of the Year

 Huron High School (Ann Arbor, MI)


New GIDAS School of the Year

 Detroit Country Day School (Beverly Hills, MI)


COMPETITORS: High school GIDAS members. Non-GIDAS high school students are also welcome with advanced registration.


DATE: Saturday, February 24, 2018


TIME: 2 – 5 pm


LOCATION: University of Michigan Undergraduate Science Building, Room Number TBD




BRING: Laptop (if you don’t have a laptop, please tell us that you need a computer when register)


FEE: Free
Donations (any amount) are welcome

– check payable to “miRcore”

and send it to 2929 Plymouth Rd. Ste 207, Ann Arbor, MI 48105




Genes and Brain Cancer





Session 1: Multiple choice test (40% of the total score)
Session 2: Kahoot game for a group competition (20%)
Session 3: Computational research (40%)



FOOD: Snacks will be provided!


PURPOSE: To familiarize students with functional genomics, help them understand diseases in terms of genes and environmental networks, and participate in computational biology research.


AWARD: There will be cash prizes for the contest winners and raffle winners. Award ceremony follows the competition and talent show.


ONLINE PARTICIPANTS: need to sign up one week before 


PARENTS: are welcome to attend any of the events (see parent sessions for more information).





For those who do not feel prepared for this contest:

Participation will broaden your perspective on the emerging field of medical genomics. You become familiar with key elements of genomics and learn how to access freely available resources which can lead to cures. In short, the contest itself is a learning opportunity.


Do you have talent to show? Share your talent with others while we are summing up results.


While you participate, enjoy snacks.


You may even win a prize! (either contest or raffle)



1:30 – 2:00 pm Arrival and Check-in (Room 1230)
2:00 – 2:10 pm Contest introduction
2:10 – 2:40 pm Multiple choice test (Room 1230 and 1250)
2:40 – 3:20 pm

Group trivia game (you can register with your group member names or your group will be randomly assigned)

| Parents can observe or participate as a team

3:20 – 3:40 pm

Break, snacks, and contestants without computers move to the computer lab (Room 2234),

others at Room 1230 and 1250

3:40 – 4:10 pm Computational research on genomics and depression (guided tasks using computers)
4:10 – 4:25 pm Snack break
4:25 – 4:45 pm Talent show featuring schools and individuals  |  Parents enjoy the show
4:45 – 5:00 pm Award ceremony including a raffle