Judging Criteria


The BioGENEius Challenges are national and international competitions for high school students that recognize excellence in original research in biotechnology.  Hosted annually by the Biotechnology Institute at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) International Convention.

As you know, whether in academia or private industry, all good science goes through peer review. Most every major scientific discovery in history was only made possible with support and constructive feedback from the scientific community. Similarly, BioGENEius projects are put to the test by our expert panels of judges, who are all industry pioneers, professional scientists or educators.   

The BioGENEius Challenges are prestigious competitions with significant cash prizes awarded to the winners. Our judges not only determine our winners, they interact directly with our students, providing valuable insights and feedback.

Each challenge has a set of Judging Criteria.  Please see below information regarding judging for each level of the BioGENEius Challenges.


Local/At-Large Judging Process

In the United States, at the Local/At-Large level, judges will select finalists based on a review of all submitted research project descriptions, references, the research setting, and mentor forms, using the  Local/At-Large Judging Criteria. These finalists will advance to the International BioGENEius Challenges.

International Judging Process

Using the International Judging Criteria expert panel of judges will select the winning project in each of three Global BioGENEius Challenges, Healthcare, Sustainability and Environment.  Students are not only evaluated on the quality of their research and their “rollup” poster display, but are also evaluated on their presentation and their responses to questions demonstrating their scientific knowledge and the potential commercial applications of their research. The project must comply with the integrity of the program in order to select a grand prize winner. Please  click here for the International Judging Criteria.