A number of high school students and their parents were on the edge of their seats last night, during the U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge Awards Banquet, waiting to hear the names of the 10 U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge winners. The U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge is a competition where winners of the At-Large and Local BioGENEius Challenges compete and present their research posters and oral presentations in front of a panel of judges. The winners will go on to compete in the International BioGENEius Challenge, being held in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the 2011 BIO International Convention.
Banquet attendees included an audience of high school students, supporters from industry and foundations, and industry and education community leaders from across the country. It is the ideal venue to congratulate the highest achievers and challenge all present—and the nation—to do what is needed to open the opportunities and raise the level of achievement in science and generally of all students in the nation.
The 10 U.S. winners will now move on to compete with students from Canada and Australia in the International BioGENEius Challenge, the premier competition for high school students that recognizes outstanding research in biotechnology. All the students will showcase their talent and research to a prestigious panel of expert judges. The international winners will be announced at tomorrow’s keynote luncheon, featuring Tony Blair, at the BIO Convention—stay tuned for the winners.