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Wednesday, January 24, 2018  
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We need your expertise to help judge High School biotechnology projects to determine the winner of the Mark Licata Biotechnology Award at the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair (VSSEF) and Virginia BioGENEius Challenge. 

There are two separate judging opportunities.  The first involves reviewing projects and talking with students live with a panel of judges at the VSSEF, which will take place in Roanoke on the morning of Saturday, April 14.  Judges will select the top three projects in the field of biosciences who will receive cash prizes, and determine who will win the Mark Licata Biotechnology Award.  The time commitment is limited to 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 very rewarding.

The second will involve reviewing student abstracts online during the week of April 23-30 to determine the winners of 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 which will be reviewed online and scored over the course of a week. The winner from the state challenge will go on to compete in the U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge will take place during the BIO International Conference in Boston, MA. in June.

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

For more information, rules, and participation criteria for the BioGENEius Challenge, please click here The deadline for student applications is April 20, 2018.

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