Each year, Virginia Bio recruits volunteer judges from the membership to attend the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair to select the top three winners in the field of biosciences. The time commitment is limited to a pre-event online review of the submissions to select the finalists and then a few hours onsite at the Fair to interview and select the final winners. Lunch is provided to all judges by the Fair. The process is extremely easy and, by all accounts, very rewarding. This years Fair is in Roanoke on April 18.
Volunteer judges are also needed for the Virginia BioGENEius Challenge. Students submit their projects in either the categories of biotechnology, agriculture or industrial/ environmental science. The judging for the challenge is done virtually. Judges will be sent applicant information, abstracts and posters by April 25, and results will be due back to Virginia Bio on May 1. Winners from the state challenge will go on to compete in the U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge taking place during the BIO International Conference in San Diego, CA in June.
Please contact Caron Trumbo if interested in volunteering your time!