Michigan DNA Day is an extension of National DNA Day, which was created to commemorate the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953. Our mission is to build a bridge between MI’s leading research institutions and high school science classrooms to promote and enhance science education in our state. This is facilitated through matching a MI scientist with a MI high school science teacher and creating an opportunity for the scientist to share their experiences and passion for science with that teacher’s classroom. This allows high school students to learn about important scientific issues and spark interest in scientific research and potential scientific careers. Our vision is to reach as many schools across Michigan as possible with an emphasis on serving those that have limited exposure to career scientists. It is our pledge to focus our efforts toward cultivating the minds of the next generation of scientific leaders for the benefit of the local and global community.
MI DNA Day Objectives
- To educate students of Michigan about cutting-edge facets of genetics and genomics that are relevant to their lives and to society
- To introduce students to young scientists, thereby demystifying a career path that many students have not encountered or thought possible for them
- To build relationships between major research entities in our state and local public school classrooms
- To nurture a desire for service and outreach in our young scientist ambassadors that will continue throughout their careers