Each year, Science in Society presents writing awards to two graduate students from the Driskill Graduate Program in the Life Sciences (formerly the Integrated Graduate Program in the Life Sciences). These students explore the context of scientific research and present a case study on the policy and societal implications of a particular line of inquiry. The presentations and subsequent essays are part of the DGP program's Science and Society module.
During the course, the Editor of HELIX gives a presentation on writing for the general public and then judges and selects winning essays to be featured in the magazine.
Winning articles have addressed subjects including relativity, vaccination, eugenics and genetic modification. Some rank among the magazine's most popular pieces reaching thousands of readers each year.