The Kansas BioGENEius Challenge is a premier competition for high school students conducting research in biotechnology in Kansas and the Kansas City Region, managed locally by BioKansas, an industry organization representing firms from public, private and academic sectors. BioKansas members have expertise ranging from human health to animal health to plant science. Over the last ten years, BioKansas has awarded more than $50,000 to students. These awards come with benefits outside the financial benefits to the winners; they are accompanied by direct exposure to bioscience industry executives and researchers who - as judges, mentors, and employers - take an interest in high-achieving students.

For the purposes of the BioGENEius Challenge competition biotechnology is defined as “using knowledge of biological systems to advance the production of goods and services.” Enter a 9-12th grade science fair project involving biotechnology at an ISEF-qualified fair and you may qualify for the Kansas BioGENEius Challenge.


Congratulations to Triton Wolfe, the 2014 Kansas BioGENEius Challenge Winner! Triton, a Triton Wolfe Pic.pngsophomore from Olathe North High School, won the competition over 112 BioGENEius entries in Kansas. His project is titled “A study on macromolecular content in algal species Chlorella kessleri due to differing Nitrogen to Phosphorous ratios in the growth media.” Triton and four other Kansas BioGENEius Challenge finalists were featured in a Kansas City Star article.

Triton worked with BioKansas members who are bioscience industry experts for a coaching session to refine his pitch, sharpen his answers from judges’ questions, and prepare for the International BioGENEius Challenge held in conjunction with BIO in San Diego after winning the statewide award.


Prarthana DalalPrarthana Dalal won the Kansas BioGENEius Challenge in 2011, and went on to win first prize in the International BioGENEius Challenge that year. Prarthana is from Leawood, Kansas, and graduated from Shawnee Mission East. BioKansas selected her project at the Greater Kansas City Science Fair. Learn about Prarthana’s research and the BioGENEius Challenge process: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhpDsSvSr5A&feature=youtu.be

Megan Smith

Megan Smith, was a senior from Shawnee Mission West High School when she was selected at the Kansas State Science and Engineering Fair to represent Kansas in the U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge.  Megan earned a spot as a top ten finalist in the International BioGENEius Challenge in 2012.


BioKansas industry judges select approximately six finalists who compete in the Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair and the Kansas State Science and Engineering Fair. Each of those finalists receives a $200 cash award and competes head on in the Kansas BioGENEius Challenge final round, where BioKansas will select statewide winner/s. The selected Kansas BioGENEius winner/s compete in the U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge.


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 2015 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 U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge is allowed.

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Judging Criteria click here.
Rules and Guidelines click here.
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Thank you for your interest in the Kansas BioGENEius Challenge.

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The University of Kansas, Medical Center