The Maine BioGENEius Challenge is a competition for Maine high school students who do research with a biotech/life sciences focus. This regional challenge is coordinated by the Bioscience Association of Maine (BioME). Local Maine students in grades 9 through 12 can compete in the Maine BioGENEius Challenge, which is held during the BioME Student Showcase event in Portland on April 25, 2019.

To participate in the Maine BioGENEius Challenge, you must:

  • Be doing research with a focus on life sciences/biotechnology. The challenge is open for projects related to Health Care; Agriculture and/or Industrial/Environmental science.
  • Be conducting an individual project – team projects not accepted
  • Submit a POSTER & apply online by April 18, 2019.
  • Be a Maine student in grades 9 through 12.
  • Compete in BioME Student Showcase on April 25, 2019 at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, ME.
  • Follow the Rules & Guidelines and meet the International competition criteria.

To complete an online application for the Maine BioGENEius Challenge, please click here  and select “Maine”. Submissions must be completed by April 18, 2019. We encourage you to submit your applications sooner, if possible. You will be notified within 48 hours if your project has been accepted for the competition.

For those selected to participate in the Maine Challenge, you must be available to attend the international BioGENEius Challenge in Philadelphia, June 2-5, 2019.

For information regarding the Judging Criteria click here


  • Participate and network with life science executives, scientists and start up resources while competing at the BioME Student Showcase, the International BioGENEius Challenge and the BIO International Convention.
  • Add the prestigious career-building competitions to your resume and college application
  • Win cash and item prizes

Local Challenge Awards:

  • First place: $700
  • Second place $500
  • Third place $300

The First-place winner of the Maine BioGENEius Challenge (and his/her chaperone) will also receive travel and accommodations to compete against other regional winners at the International BioGENEius Challenge (see below).

The International BioGENEius Challenges
When:    June 2-5, 2019
Where:   BIO International Convention, Philadelphia, PA
International Challenge Award: First place receives $7,500

Maine BioGENEius Challenge contact:
Agnieszka Carpenter
BioME (Bioscience Association of Maine)