Kansas

The Kansas BioGENEius Challenge is the premier poster competition for high school students, recognizing students performing outstanding research in medical, agricultural or industrial biotechnology.  Winners advance to the Kansas BioGENEius Finals on April 26th, where they will compete for the opportunity to advance to the National and International BioGENEius Challenge, happening at the BIO International Convention in Boston, MA this June 4-7, 2018.

Awards are presented by BioKansas, the life science trade association in the state of Kansas representing more than 160 member organizations across the human, plant, animal and industrial biosciences. BioKansas is THE unified voice of the life science community in Kansas and throughout the region.

This year’s Kansas BioGENEius Challenge is sponsored by MilliporeSigma, KCALSI (BioNexus KC), Merck Animal Health, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, KCAS, the Missouri Valley PDA, Arvest Bank, and Aratana Therapeutics.


To participate in the Kansas BioGENEius Challenge, you must:

  1. Be performing research with a biotechnology focus and with commercialization potential
  2. Be conducting an individual project
  3. Be a Kansas student in grades 9 through 12
  4. Participate in one of the Kansas science fairs (details below)
  5. Follow the Rules & Guidelines and meet the International competition criteria


BioKansas selects BioGENEius semifinalists from the following fairs:

Greater Kansas City Science & Engineering Fair
Location: Grand Plaza at Union Station, 30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108
Judging Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018

Kansas State Science and Engineering Fair
Location: Cessna Activity Center, 2744 George Washington Blvd, Wichita, KS 67210
Judging Date: Friday, April 6, 2018

Please contact alex@biokansas.org for more information.

Past Winners

2017
Erin Smith, Junior, Shawnee Mission West
Kansas BioGENEius Challenge Winner, International BioGENEius Winner

2016
Erin Smith, Sophomore, Shawnee Mission West
Kansas BioGENEius Challenge Winner, International BioGENEius Finalist,
Winner - GenePool Competition

2015:
Disha Dasgupta, Senior, Olathe North High School
Kansas BioGENEius Challenge Winner

2014:
Triton Wolfe, BioGENEius Finalist

BioGENEius Challenge 2018 Sponsors