Our Partner Network
The Institute works with certain state partners who select their finalists for the BioGENEius Challenge. If your state is part of our State Partners network, you must advance through their state or regional competitions before being nominated for the BioGENEius competition. Information on how and where you may compete in your state is provided below. Students in states outside of our Partner network may compete through the Institute's At-Large process. The At-Large process is a virtual judging competition open to any student grades 9-12. Whether you are a State Partner nominee or a student in a state out of the partner network, you must complete the Institute's BioGENEius application using the link below. All applicants must pay strict attention to the Rules and Guidelines before submitting. Only complete applications can be considered. If selected as a finalist, you and a parent/chaperone must be available to attend the BIO International Conference June 12-16, 2022 in San Diego, CA.
The California Life Sciences (CLS) Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge, sponsored by Amgen, recognizes outstanding high school research conducted by students in the San Francisco Bay Area and surrounding counties. The first-place winner will advance to compete in the 2022 International BioGENEius Challenge. This spring, up to 28 high school students will be selected to present their research to judges in an on-site program at the Amgen in South San Francisco, which also includes a celebratory awards program and opportunities to connect with life sciences industry professionals.
Date of competition: April 22, 2022
Applications Deadline: March 25, 2022
Where: California Life Sciences Event Center, 165 Gateway Blvd., South San Francisco
Competition website: https://www.califesciences.org/biogeneius/
To apply to your CLSI Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge, you first need to register here with us to complete the application process.
For general information contact:
California Life Sciences Institute
Southern California BioGENEius Challenge
The Southern California BioGENEius Challenge is conducted by the Southern California Biomedical Council (SoCalBio), the trade organization representing more than 900 bioscience companies in the 5 county Greater Los Angeles area. The competition draws students from all southern California, south of San Luis Obispo to the Mexican border. The 2022 BioGENEius finalist from Southern California will be chosen by SoCalBio judges from registered participants of the annual California Science & Engineering Fair (CSEF). The SoCal BioGENEius selection process will occur on the day of CSEF.
Date of competition: April 12, 2022
Application deadline: March 29, 2022
Competition website: https://csef.usc.edu/
For general information contact:
Southern California Biomedical Council
The Colorado BioGENEius Challenge draws its finalist from the Colorado State Science Fair (CSSF). CSSF provides opportunities for students to present their research in environments that nurture interest in science and technology annually in Fort Collins. The competition promotes professional skills, high ethical standards, diversity, and continuing intellectual development.
Date of competition: April 7-9, 2022
Application deadline: March 21, 2022
Competition website: http://www.csef.colostate.edu/
For general information contact:
The Delaware State BioGENEius Challenge is hosted by the Delaware Biotechnology Institute. Delaware students, grades 9 – 12, can compete in the Delaware BioGENEius Challenge, during the three local science fairs – the New Castle, Kent and Sussex County Science Fairs. The winner of the Delaware BioGENEius Challenge, held in conjunction with these three local science fairs moves on as the Delaware BioGENEius finalist at the International BioGENEius Challenge at BIO 2022.
Dates of competition:
Sussex: Monday March 7, 2022
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contact form: http://www.sussexcountysciencefair.org/contactscsf.htm
Application deadline: April 30, 2022
New Castle: https://www.dtcc.edu/about/news/events/science-fair
To apply to the DE State BioGENEius Challenge, you first need to register here with us to complete the application process.
The Georgia BioGENEius Competition is held during the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair (GSEF) in Athens. The competition is open to any Georgia student, regardless of whether they qualified for GSEF and who are doing outstanding research in biotechnology.
Date of competition: Friday, April 1, 2022
Application deadline: Friday, March 25, 2022
Competition website: https://gabio.org/georgia-bioed/georgia-bioed-programs/biogeneius/
To apply to your GA State BioGENEius Challenge, you first need to register here with us to complete the application process.
The Illinois BioGENEius Challenge is conducted by the Illinois Biotechnology Innovation Organization (iBIO), a life sciences industry association that represents the nearly 88,000 life sciences employees at member companies, universities, service providers and venture firms. Each spring students from across the state compete for first place, a cash prize and the opportunity to present his or her research at the BIO International Conference.
Date of competition: through April 2022
Application deadline: April 8, 2022
Competition website: www.ibio.org/educate/biogeneius2022
To apply to your IL BioGENEius Challenge, you first need to register here with us to complete the application process.
The Iowa BioGENEius Challenge is coordinated by the Iowa Biotechnology Association (IowaBio). Local Iowa students in grades 9 through 12 who participate in the annual State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa will be considered to be the recipient of the Iowa BioGENEius Challenge award! The winner of the Iowa BioGENEius Challenge receives a stipend to cover their travel and accommodations to compete against other regional winners at the International BioGENEius Challenge
Date of competition: March 24-25, 2022 (SSTFI)
Application deadline: February 26, 2022 (SSTFI)
Competition info: https://www.iowabio.org/en/resources/stem/biogeneius_challenge/
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 2022.
Date of competition: April 27, 2022
Application deadline: April 7, 2022
Competition info: https://biomaine.org/events/student_showcase/
To apply to your ME BioGENEius Challenge, you first need to register here with us to complete the application process.
Together with the Biotechnology Institute, Learning Undefeated hosts the virtual Maryland BioGENEius Challenge. Maryland students in grades 9-12 with original research in biotechnology are encouraged to apply. The Maryland finalist will have the opportunity to represent Maryland at the International BioGENEius Challenge during the annual BIO Conference in 2022.
Maryland Application Deadline: April 15, 2022
Winners notified on April 28, 2022
Maryland Finalist announced on May 13, 2022
Competition information: https://www.learningundefeated.org/project/biogeneius-challenge/
The New Mexico BioGENEius Challenge is a competition for high school students doing original research in biotechnology. Students must qualify through one of six Regional Fairs to advance to the 2022 New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair state competition.
Date of Competition: April 1-2, 2022 (NMSEF)
Date of Application: March 28, 2022 (NMSEF)
Application deadline: TBD
Region Competition info: https://www.nmt.edu/stem/sciencefair/
State Competition info: https://www.nmt.edu/stem/sciencefair/studentinfo.php
In order to participate in the 2022 North Carolina BioGENEius Challenge, students must first compete in their District competitions to qualify for the state NC Student Academy of Sciences (NCSAS) competition. District application deadlines competitions run from December 2021 to February 2022. High school students will have to place either 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in their category to qualify for the state competition which will take place virtually in March. One finalist will be selected to attend the 2022 BIO International Conference and represent North Carolina in the BioGENEius competition.
District competitions: Application deadlines and competition dates are District specific.
District competition info: https://www.ncsas.org/competitions
NCSAS State Competition: March 25, 2022
Application deadline: TBD
NCSAS State competition info: https://www.ncsas.org/registration
For information contact:
Dr. Kim Monahan
NC Student Academy of Sciences (NCSAS)
The Pennsylvania BioGENEius Challenge is hosted by the Biotechnology Department of Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. This competition represents research projects by high school students selected from several regional science fairs from all across the state of PA.
Date of competition: May 18, 2022 (virtual competition)
Application deadline: May 5, 2022
Competition info: https://www.harrisburgu.edu/programs/bs-biotechnology/
To apply to your PA BioGENEius Challenge, you first need to register here with us to complete the application process.
The Virginia BioGENEius Challenge, co-hosted by the Virginia Bioscience Foundation is a competition for high school students doing research in biotechnology, agriculture and/or industrial and environmental science. More than 300 Virginia high school students participate in the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair (VSSEF), presenting more than 200 projects. More than 70 subject matter experts from higher education and businesses across Virginia volunteer their time as judges.
Date of competition: April 9, 2022 (VSSEF)
Application deadline: April 20, 2022 (BioGENEius)
Competition info: http://vssef.org/
To apply to your VA BioGENEius Challenge, you first need to register here with us to complete the application process.
The At-Large BioGENEius Challenge is conducted by the Biotechnology Institute of Washington, DC. It is open to all high school students doing research in biotechnology, agriculture and/or industrial and environmental science from states outside of our State Partner network. We highly recommend that you have placed in the upper 5% of participants in your 2022 local, regional or even better, state science fair to be as competitive as possible in the At-Large BioGENEius Challenge as only very a few advance.
Application Deadline: Friday April 29, 2022
Judging (internal): May 2-13, 2022
Finalist(s) Announcement: Monday May 16, 2022
Competition info: https://biotechinstitute.org/ApplicaitonPortal
To apply to the At-Large BioGENEius Challenge, you first need to register here with us to complete the application process.