Local BioGENEius Challenges

Your journey to the International BioGENEius Challenges starts in your state

Does your state have a thriving biotechnology community or corridor? If so, it’s probably on the list of states to the left of your screen, which host their own Local BioGENEius Challenges. (California Bay Area, California So Cal Area, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois,Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.)  If you are a high school or home schooled from these states, your application begins by entering the Local BioGENEius Challenge.

If not, please refer to the information on applying to the At-Large BioGENEius Challenge.

Why apply? This is your chance to bring your project idea to state and national prominence.

This year we are offering three BioGENEius Challenge tracks to line up even better with your research interests, and connect you to the mentors and judges who will know the most, about the science you’re most passionate about. This means even more chances for you to possibly win recognition and a spot at the International BioGENEius Challenges.

List of participating states and local partners – click here

Read more about the  International BioGENEius Challenges here, or about our three challenge tracks by clicking on the links above.

* Please remember each Challenge has its own deadline listed on its respective webpage. 

What kinds of projects are successful?

Most of our projects break the mold in some way; especially with our three new challenge tracks, there’s more opportunity than ever for your project to find its own identity, build interest and rise to the top! In recent years, students have done research in groundbreaking topics from optical tweezers, to advanced methods of detecting resistant bacteria in hospitals.

Take for example 2012’s 1st Place winner Nathan Kondamuri of Munster High School in Dyer, Indiana. Kondamuri’s project investigated the creation of a novel biofuel cell that harvests light energy and mimics the process of photophosphorylation to efficiently transform light energy to electrical energy.

We seek projects which demonstrate ingenuity and intellectual curiosity, like Nathan’s above. Have questions? Click here to email us.