At-Large BioGENEius Challenge

No state competition, no conference stage, no worries­–we have a virtual stage for your project, with virtually endless possibilities.

The At-Large BioGENEius Challenge is designed for high school or home schooled students who do not attend school in a state with a Local Challenge.(Please remember each Challenge has its own deadline listed on its respective webpage.)

Please Note: If you are a high school or home schooled from the stateslisted below, your application begins by entering the Local BioGENEius Challenge. Local Challenges include California Bay Area, California So Cal Area, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

There will be one (1) student from the At-Large Challenge selected to advance to the International BioGENEius Challenge.  The deadline for the At-Large Challenge is April 26, 2019.  Please click here to review the instructions on How to Apply

Your journey to present your project and findings to our industry expert judges at BIO 2019 starts with an application (login here), in one of our three BioGENEius Challenges:

From there, your project will be considered alongside hundreds of other applicants from around the country; the BioGENEius Challenges staff will serve as your point of contact, who will shepherd your project through the virtual judging process. 

Why apply? Your project could win and go to the U.S. National and International BioGENEius Challenges!

One project, corresponding to the three tracks, will win the At-Large BioGENEius Challenge, after which you will compete in person at the International BioGENEius Challenges at the 2019 BIO International Convention in Phildelphia, PA (June 2-5, 2019), with travel expenses supported by the Biotechnology Institute, where you’ll have a chance to win worldwide recognition and cash awards.

There’s more than money though–this is your chance to be considered alongside the best and brightest high school minds in biotechnology, to meet today’s leaders in the industry while hanging out with tomorrow’s leaders. Will you join us? Click here to start your application for the Local BioGENEius Challenges.

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.