Status Report

Genes In Space: Introducing our 2022 Finalists and Honorable Mentions

By SpaceRef Editor
May 16, 2022
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602 student teams contributed proposals to Genes in Space 2022, and in doing so, did their part to advance the wildest frontier of biological research. We thank all of the students who shared their ideas. Read more.

Drumroll, please

This year, we named 30 Semifinalists (pictured above) who contributed outstanding proposals to our 2022 competition. These Semifinalists were issued a challenge: create a 60-second video explaining why your project should be the one to launch.

After a difficult round of review, the Genes in Space team has selected 5 Finalists who will present to the judges for a chance to launch their experiment to space. Click the button below to meet the Finalists, plus an additional 10 Honorable Mentions.

Meet the awardees!


In case you missed it: On May 2, we named 5 Junior Scientist Awardees and 5 Constellation Award recipients. Meet them here. And congratulations to all awardees!


A national science competition inviting 7-12th grade students and teachers to propose a DNA experiment for space. Be a space DNA pioneer!

  • Develop a real-world research proposal
  • Launch your DNA experiment to the International Space Station 
  • Present at the ISS R&D Conference 
  • Receive mentorship from Harvard and MIT PhD scientists
  • Win a miniPCR DNA Discovery System™ for your school, and more

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