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Announcing the 2016 Virginia BioGENEius Challenge

Monday, February 22, 2016  
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The Virginia BioGENEius Challenge, co-hosted by the Virginia Bioscience Foundation and MedImmune, is a competition for high school students doing research in biotechnology. Finalists from the Virginia BioGENEius Challenge will be selected to attend the U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge held in San Diego, CA in June 2016.

The BioGENEius Challenge is the premier competition for high school students that recognizes outstanding research in biotechnology. The BioGENEius Challenge promotes excellence and enables students to continue research in biotechnology and design an original independent research project. This competition is an intensive and valuable research experience for high school students. Over the past five years, two of our Virginia candidates have gone on to be selected as a U.S. National BioGENEius finalist.

For complete rules, and participation criteria, or to apply online, please visit: http://www.biotechinstitute.org/go.cfm?do=Page.View&pid=54. Application deadline is April 1, 2016.

The winner of the Virginia BioGENEius Challenge will receive a trip to compete in the U.S National BioGENEius Challenge held in San Francisoc CA in June, 2016, in conjunction with the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) Annual International Convention. Finalists will showcase their talent and research to a prestigious panel of expert biotech judges and will display their projects to approximately 20,000 convention participants!

The top ten U.S. National BioGENEius finalists, along with the International finalists will compete and be recognized in San Francisco, CA, June, 2016 during the plenary luncheon at the BIO International Convention.  The first place winner receives a $7,500 cash award. Other awards include $5,000 for second place, $2,500 for third place, and $1,000 for fourth place. Each remaining finalist will receive a $500 Honorable Mention Award.

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