2018 Illinois BioGENEius Challenge

Is there a BioGENEius in Your Classroom?

iBIO Institute EDUCATE Center, an Illinois non-profit focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, wants to know!

Enter your students in the Illinois BioGENEius Challenge, the most prestigious high school science competition in the world for original research in biotechnology. Illinois winner will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the International Competition, which will be held June 4-7 at the BIO Convention in Boston, MA!

Three New Challenge Tracks give students more opportunities than ever before to apply, earn recognition and win awards for their projects:


Illinois BioGENEius Challenge DEADLINE – Submit posters by 5 PM March 30, 2018



Must be a public or private school high school student; currently enrolled in biology or science-related courses (grades 9 to 12).

  1. APPLY NOW– Fill out a brief on-line registration form, after which you can select the “application” tab and submit your BioGENEius Application. Individual students only may submit one project for this competition.
  2. CREATE A POSTER – Follow these instructions to create your poster. Please review and follow the Rules and Guidelines.
  3. SUBMIT YOUR POSTER – Upload your poster (PDF Format) during the application process. Be sure to include your last name and school name in the file name. (e.g., Smith – ABC High School.pdf). Don’t forget to select one of the three new challenge tracks!
  4. AUTHORIZATION FORMS – Download and complete the authorization forms during the application process.

CONTEST RULES –  The judging will take place April 11, 2018 between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM. This year’s contest will be hosted by Horizon Pharma, Inc. a biopharmaceutical company focused on addressing patients’ unmet needs. Contestants will give 10-minute presentations on their posters to judges at Horizon, located at 150 S Saunders Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045. Students should plan to arrive to set up posters by 8:30 AM. Lunch will be provided

JUDGES & JUDGING CRITERIA – Please review the Judging Criteria. This will assist you in preparing a competitive poster.

WINNERS – EDUCATE Center judges will select 1 winner to compete in the International competition. The winners will be notified and acknowledged during the IndEx event and will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the International competition.

The Illinois finalist will present their research posters at the International BioGENEius Challenge held in Boston, MA June 4-7, 2018. Conducted in conjunction with the prestigious BIO National Convention, students will present their winning projects in some of the same rooms where industry-leaders are presenting their “next-big-thing” innovations and advances in biotechnology.

For more information, please contact:

Ann Vogel

Senior Vice President, EDUCATE Center

[email protected]