The BioGENEius Challenge is the premier science competition for high school students, recognizing outstanding research in biotechnology first locally, then nationally, and finally, internationally. It is hosted by The Biotechnology Institute, headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Delaware BioGENEius Challenge is coordinated by the Delaware Biotechnology Institute.Local Delaware students in grades 9 through 12 can compete in the Delaware BioGENEius Challenge, which is held in conjunction with three local science fairs – the New Castle County Science Expo, the Kent County Science Fair, and the Sussex County Science Fair.Winners of the Delaware Challenge receive a travel award to compete as a finalist in the U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge with students from around the country. Winners from the U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge will compete in the International BioGENEius Challenge during the same weekend for cash prizes. 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.To participate in the Delaware BioGENEius Challenge, you must be conducting biotechnology* research and must register for one of the three county fairs in Delaware (see details below). A student must also register with The Biotechnology Institute, which can be done here.Up to two winners of the Delaware BioGENEius Challenge will compete in the U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge in San Diego, CA on June 20-24, 2014 in conjunction with the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) Annual International Convention.

*Biotechnology is the use of the knowledge of biological systems to produce goods and services, including but not limited to, agriculture, human health, & environment.

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The Delaware Tech New Castle County Science Fair
Judging Date: March 4, 2015
Delaware Technical Community College – Stanton Campus
Science Fair Staff

Kent County Science Fair
Judging Date: March 5, 2015
Delaware State University
Jacquelyn Jones

Sussex County Science Fair
Judging Date: March 2, 2015
Sussex Academy, Georgetown DE
Robert Schroeder
Helen Gieske

Highlights from Previous Years




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Priyen Patel, who won the 2011 U.S. National BioGENEius Media Award, participated in the 2012 White House Science Fair in Washington, D.C.