BioGENEius Competition


What Is It?

The BioGENEius Challenge is the premier competition for high school students that recognizes outstanding research in biotechnology.  It promotes excellence and enables students to continue research in biotechnology and design an original independent research project. Students have the opportunity to apply and compete for top honors in the Global Healthcare Challenge (Medical Biotechnology), the Global Sustainability Challenge (Agricultural Biotechnology) or the Global Environment Challenge (Industrial/Environmental Biotechnology). The international BioGENEius Challenge is coordinated by the Biotechnology Institute.

There are 2 stages to the competition.

  1. Local Challenge – The Georgia BioGENEius Challenge is coordinated by Georgia BioEd Institute and sponsored by Arbor Pharmaceuticals. Details below.
  2. International Challenge – The Georgia winner proceeds to the international challenge at the annual Biotechnology Industry Organization convention. Press Release: View the 2016 International BioGENEius Challenge Winners

When Is It?

The 2017 Georgia BioGENEius Challenge will take place Friday, March 31, 2017 during the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair (GSEF) held in Athens, GA at the Classic Center. One (1) Winner will be selected at the competition.

What Do You Win?

One (1) state finalist will be selected during special judging at GSEF, and winner and alternate of the local BioGENEius Challenge will be announced at the GSEF Awards Ceremony. The winner of the Georgia competition will receive a travel award to compete as a finalist in the U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge with students from around the country at the BIO International Convention, San Diego, CA, June 19 – 22, 2017.  You will have a chance to compete for cash prizes totaling $20,000.

NOTE: If you are selected as a winner please note that we cannot provide support of any kind to bring additional family members, friends etc. to the competition in San Diego. Travel assistance is ONLY for the winner and their 1 chaperone.

Apply Here

The 2017 application period is now open! Here are the steps to reach the U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge:

  • Participate in the statewide Georgia Science and Engineering Fair (GSEF) on Friday, March 31, 2017 held in Athens, GA at the Classic Center. Students are selected by their regional/local science fairs to reach the state GSEF competition.
  • Apply to the Georgia BioGENEius Challenge via the Biotechnology Institute – click here to set up an account and apply online. Entries must be completed by March 28, 2017. NOTE: Parent and Mentor Authorization Forms must also be completed prior to the deadline. These forms are sent to parent and mentor automatically after the student enters his/her information online.
  • Students who have completed the online application will be evaluated by a team of local judges during the special awards judging at GSEF on March 31, 2017. One winner and one runner-up will be notified at the GSEF Awards ceremony on Saturday, April 1, 2017.
  • If selected, you must be willing to attend the National BioGENEius Challenge in San Francisco, CA, from June 19 – 22, 2017. Travel expenses will be paid for the winner and 1 chaperone. Additionally family and friends are not permitted entry to BioGENEius events in June.

From a Different state? Check out the list of all of Local Partners here.

Georgia BioGENEius Sponsor



Past Winners


Winner: Tejas Athni, Stratford Academy: A Novel Potential Treatment Option Targeting the Proliferation of Patient-Derived Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) Brain Tumor Cells and U-87 MG Cell Line Using Bacopa monnieri. 
Runner-Up: Marissa McDonald, Union Grove High School: Galectin-4 and Function of N- and C-Terminal Domains in Immunity


Winner: Simran Modi, Gwinnett School of Math, Science, & Technology: Novel Machine Learning Algorithms for Early Diagnosis of Melanoma
Runner-Up: Christine Liu, The Westminster School: Application of a Machine Learning Logistic Regression Algorithm in a Classification Model to Predict Epileptic Seizures



Molly Niemczyk, Rockdale County High School: In the Mind’s Eye: Comparing Eye Movements and Ocular Patterns
Agni Kumar, Milton High School: Evolution of Eukaryotic Ribosomes at Atomic Resolution


Winner: Kayla Evans, Douglas County High School: “TIP150: A Possible Microtubule-Actin Linker and Mediator of Breast Cancer Cell Migration”

Alternate: William Jin, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology: “Developing Novel Protein Targets for Bordetella Pertussis Antibiotics: Understanding Protein Interfaces and Domain-Domain Interactions



Aprotim Bhowmik, a junior at Parkview High School, Lilburn, Georgia

Julia Abelsky, a senior at North Springs Charter High School in Sandy Springs, Georgia.


William Jin, a junior at the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, Lawrenceville, Georgia

Sonam Brahmbhatt, a junior at Rockdale Magnet School, Conyers, Georgia



Aprotim Bhowmik, a sophmore at Parkview High School, Lilburn, Georgia

Julia Abelsky, a junior at North Springs Charter High School in Sandy Springs, Georgia.


Raja Selvakumar, a junior at Milton High School, Alpharetta, Georgia

Tushar Mittal, a sophomore at Dutchtown High School, Stockbridge, Georgia


Raja Selvakumar, a sophomore at Milton High School, Milton, Georgia

Jessica Allison, a junior at the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology in Lawrenceville, Georgia


Vander Harris, a junior at the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology, Rockdale, Georgia

Kathleen DiNapoli, a junior at Dunwoody High School, Dunwoody, Georgia


The BioGENEius Challenge was a SE regional competition. Please contact Georgia Bio for a list of SE regional winners from these years.