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Volunteer to Judge Student Projects

Monday, February 22, 2016  
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Eager young students anxiously compete each year at the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair hoping to win prizes, including the Mark Licata Biotechnology Award. Virginia Bio needs help from volunteer judges from our membership 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. The fair will take place on April 9 at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA. Lunch is provided to all judges by the Fair. The process is extremely easy and, by all accounts, very rewarding.

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 8, and results will be due back to Virginia Bio on April 14. 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 Francisco, CA in June.

For more information or to volunteer to judge either event, please email Sherri Halloran.

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