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Georgia BioGENEius Challenge

Georgia Bio hosts a statewide competition to select finalists for the U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge. Winners 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.

The 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.

Who Can Enter? When is the Competition?

The Georgia BioGENEius competition is open to participants in the statewide Georgia Science and Engineering Fair (GSEF). The 2016 BioGENEius Challenge will take place Friday, April 1, 2016 at the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair (GSEF) held in Athens, GA at the Classic Center. Up to two state finalists will be selected during special judging at GSEF, and winners of the local BioGENEius Challenge will be announced at the Awards Ceremony.

How to Enter the Georgia BioGENEius Challenge?

To reach the U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge, you follow this path:

  1. You must apply to the Georgia BioGENEius Challenge. Please click here for the online application. (Applications open winter 2015.) Submissions must be completed on the Biotechnology Institute site by March 28, 2016.  
  2. You must participate in the statewide Georgia Science and Engineering Fair (GSEF) on Thursday, March 31, 2016 - Saturday, April 2, 2016 at held in Athens, GA at the Classic Center.  Winners of the local challenge will be judged and selected during the special awards judging at this event.  Winners will be notified at the Awards ceremony on Saturday, April 2, 2016.
  3. If selected, you must be willing to attend the National BioGENEius Challenge in San Francisco, CA, from Friday, June 3 -Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Travel expenses will be paid.


Who Runs the National & International Competition?

The overall competition is organized by The Biotechnology Institute whose mission is to engage, excite, and educate as many people as possible, particularly young people, about biotechnology and its immense potential to heal the sick, feed the hungry, restore the environment, and fuel the economy. Learn more at:

Past Winners


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



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

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


Julia Abelsky - Age 18
North Springs Charter High School
Invisibility Two Steps Closer: An Analysis of Diblock Copolymers and Gold Nanocomposites for Metamaterials

Aprotim Bhowmik - Age 16
Parkview High School
Hemodynamic Interactions in Arterial Networks with Atherosclerosis


Julia Abelsky - Age 17
North Springs Charter High School
Analysis of Cylindrically Confined Diblock Copolymers and Gold Nanocomposites for Metamaterials
(Also a U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge Winner in 2012)

Aprotim Bhowmik - Age 15
Parkview High School
Arterial Hemodynamics in Atherosclerosis Patients - A Mathematical Model
(Also a U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge Winner in 2012)


Raja Selvakumar
Milton High School
The Implementation of a Gastro Microbial Fuel Cell in Capsular Nanorobotics

Jessica Allison
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Optimization of RNA Extraction and Preparation for RT-PCR

2010 (Competition was SE Regional)

Muna Oli
Eastside High School, Gainesville, Florida
A Novel Interdisciplinary Application for Personalized Tumor Treatment Using Nanothermal Radiation.”  Ms. Axelson’s project is "Identification of a New Link in Gene Silencing: Acetylation of the Methyl Binding Protein MeCP2

Stephanie Axelson
Airline High School, Bossier City, Louisiana
Identification of a New Link in Gene Silencing: Acetylation of the Methyl Binding Protein MeCP2

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