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 virtual BioME Student Showcase event in Portland April 2021. See: for information updates.

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:  March 31, 2021  Applications open March 1st. 
  • Be a Maine student in grades 9 through 12.
  • 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 March 31, 2020. We encourage you to submit your applications sooner, if possible. You will be notified if your project has been accepted for the competition.  Winners will be announced April 28, 2021.

For those selected to participate in the Maine Challenge, you must be available to attend the 2021 Digital BIO International Conference, June 10-11 & 14-18, 2021.

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 International BioGENEius Challenge
When:    June 10-11 & 14-18, 2021
Where:   Virtual format
International Challenge Award: First place receives $7,500

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