The BioGENEius Challenge
gives high school student an opportunity to compete in three categories: Global Healthcare Challenge (Medical Biotechnology), the Global Sustainability Challenge (Agricultural Biotechnology), or the Global Environment Challenge (Industrial/Environmental Biotechnology). This is more than a Science Fair on steroids. The students work in university labs with mentors and researchers to develop the projects then work their way through regional competitions to end up at the annual BIO Convention and Conference for the final judging.
15 finalists from the U.S., Canada, and Germany were here in San Francisco to be put through their scientific paces.
Utkarsh Tandon a 10th Grade student from California won the Healthcare prize and Jilly Cronin a 12th Grade student from Illinois won the Environmental prize. Iveta Demirova a Grade 11 student from New Westminster Secondary School in New Westminster, BC was the Canadian finalist at the event. She didn't win a top prize but rest assured making it this far is an accomplishment in itself because the these kids are smart and the competition is tough as you'll find out in this BIO Radio podcast