California (Bay Area)


The California Life Sciences Institute’s (CLSI’s) 2019 Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge is open for submission! The 2019 Challenge will take place on April 12, 2019 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 Philadelphia, PA (June 3-6, 2019) if they place***


When:   April 12, 2019

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

Applications:  Deadline for submissions extended to March 21, 2019


  • 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 his/her chaperone) will receive travel and accommodations to compete against other regional winners at the International BioGENEius Challenge (see below).

The International BioGENEius Challenges

When:    June 3-6, 2019

Where:   BIO International Convention, Philadelphia, PA

International Challenge Award:

  • 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 2019 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 hereFor more information regarding Rules and Guidelines click here.



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


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 March 21, 2019. 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 Science & Engineering Fair: CANCELLED for 2019 Click here for information and application.

Contra Costa County Science & Engineering Fair: March 14-16, 2019 Click here for information and application

Monterey County Science & Engineering Fair: March 15-17, 2019 Click here for information and application.

Sacramento Regional STEM Fair: April 6, 2019 Click here for information and application.

Golden Gate STEM Fair: March 17-23, 2019 Click here for information and application.

Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair: March 1-2, 2019 Click here for information and application.

Santa Clara Valley Science & Engineering Fair: March 13-14, 2019 Click here for information and application.

Sonoma County STEAM ShowcaseMarch 1, 2019 Click here for information

Follow the BioGENEius Challenge: Throughout the challenge, @BiotechInstitut will be tweeting interviews, photos, and engaging with the biotechnology community by using the hashtag #BioGENEius.

About California Life Sciences Institute (CLSI)

California Life Sciences Institute (CLSI) supports the foundations of innovation that have made California home to the world’s most prominent life sciences ecosystem. With a focus on the San Francisco Bay Area, CLSI’s mission is to maintain California’s leadership in life sciences innovation through support of entrepreneurship, education, and career development. CLSI is an affiliate of the California Life Sciences Association (CLSA), which represents more than 750 life sciences organizations. The California Life Sciences Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3), and was established in 1990 as the BayBio Institute. Learn more at

About the Biotechnology Institute

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CLSI’s Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge Contact:

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