California (Bay Area)



The California Life Sciences Institute’s (CLSI’s) 2020 Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge is open for submission! The 2020 Challenge will take place on May 1, 2020 at Amgen South San Francisco. Please click here to apply for and learn everything you need to know about applying for the BioGENEius Challenge.

Students in grades 9-12 may enter their life science/biotech related regional fair projects as long as they meet the criteria listed on the National competition web site.  Applicants do not need to enter a previous fair to qualify for the Bay Area Challenge, however, we encourage students to submit projects from other ISEF regional science fairs (see below).

***ENTRANTS in the Local Challenge must be available to compete in the International BioGENEius Challenge at the BIO International Convention in San Diego, CA (June 8-11, 2020) if you place***


When:  May 1, 2020

Where:  Amgen, Inc., 1120 Veterans Blvd., South San Francisco, CA

Applications:  Deadline for submissions April 2, 2020


  • Student poster viewing by Amgen scientists
  • Awards ceremony
  • Honorable mention prizes

Local Challenge Awards:

  • First place: $2,000
  • Second place $1,000
  • Third place $500

The First place winner of the Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge (and their chaperones) will receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete against other regional winners at the International BioGENEius Challenges (see below).

U.S. INTERNational BioGENEius Challenge

When:  June 8-11, 2020

Where:  BIO International Convention, San Diego, CA

International Challenge Awards:

  • First place: $7,500


  1. Students must be enrolled in biology or science-related courses (Grade 9 to 12) in any public or private school within the United States.
  2. Individual Students only may submit ONE project for this competition.
  3. Research presented in 2020 must be NEW research. Projects may be continued research from previous years. Any project conducted in a similar area of research as previous projects should be considered a continuation. If the project is a continuation, explain as completely as possible how the project will differ from previous experimentation because ONLY a new and different research project is allowed. The current year project must demonstrate significant progress. Explain when the actual experimental procedure (not the background literature review) will begin and end because ONLY a 12-month project that occurred within the last 18 months before this year’s International BioGENEius Challenge is allowed.
  4. For more information regarding the Judging Criteria click here. For more information regarding Rules and Guidelines click here.


You must precisely follow the poster guidelines, which can be found


To complete an online application for the Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge, please click here  and select “California (Bay Area).” Submissions must be completed by April 2, 2020. We encourage you to submit your applications sooner, if possible.


We encourage Bay Area Challenge candidates to also enter one of the following fairs:

Alameda County Synopsys Science & Engineering Fair: March 6-9, 2020 Click here for information and application.
Contra Costa County Science & Engineering Fair: March 12-14, 2020 Click here for information and application
Monterey County Science & Engineering Fair: March 27-29, 2020 Click here for information and application.
Sacramento Regional STEM Fair: TBA Click here for information and application.
Golden Gate STEM Fair: March 9-14, 2020 Click here for information and application.
Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair: March 14, 2020 Click here for information and application.
Santa Clara Valley Science & Engineering Fair: March 11-12, 2020 Click here for information and application.
Sonoma County STEAM ShowcaseFebruary 27, 2020 Click here for information


Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge Contact:

Amy Xu, BioGENEius Contact, California Life Sciences Institute,, (650) 871-3254