The 2014 Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge

2013 Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius ChallengeThe 2014 Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge is open for submission!  Students in grades 9-12 may enter their life science/biotech related regional fair projects as long as they meet the criteria listed on the competition website.  Applicants do not need to enter a previous fair to qualify for the Bay Area Challenge, however, we encourage students to submit projects from other regional science fairs.

***ENTRANTS in the Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge must be available to compete in the International Challenge at the BIO International Convention (June 22-25, 2014, San Diego, CA) if you place***

The Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge 

When:                  May 9, 2014
Where:                The J. David Gladstone Institutes, Mission Bay, San Francisco, CA
Applications:     January 20, 2014 – March 28, 2014

Student poster viewing by J. David Gladstone employees
Awards ceremony
Honorable mention prizes

Keynote Address: Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, Chair, Select Committee on Biotechnology

Career panel featuring:
- Alex Calder, BioPharma Specialist, Proteomics Technologies, Bio-Rad Laboratories
Colleen Cutcliff, Co-Founder and CEO, Whole Biome, Inc.
Robin Mansukhan, Co-Founder and CEO, Alzeca Biosciences
Seth Michelson, Senior Director of Nonclinical Biostatistics, Genomic Health, Inc.
- Vesna Mitchell, Senior Scientist, Codexis, Inc.

Local Challenge Awards:
First place: $2,000 
Second place $1,000
Third place $500

Local Challenge Judges:
Colleen Cutcliffe, Co-Founder and CEO, Whole Biome, Inc.
Sarah Fernandes, Research Scientist, Gilead
Paul Kassner, Scientific Director, Amgen
Gene Mullin, former California State Assembly Member
Keith Wilson, Director of Biologics Technologies, Abbvie Biotechnologies

The first place winner of the Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge (and his/her chaperone) will receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete against other regional winners at the International BioGENEius Challenge (see below).*

*Due to changes in the 2014 BioGENEius Challenges, one winner from each Local/At-Large BioGENEius Challenge will be selected to present their research poster and oral presentations at the International BioGENEius Challenge held June 22-25, 2014 in San Diego, CA.

The  International BioGENEius Challenge

U.S. International BioGENEius Challenge
When:                  June 23, 2014
Where:                BIO International Convention, San Diego, CA

International Challenge Awards:
First place: $7,500
Second place $5,000
Third place $2,500
Fourth place $1,000
Honorable Mention Award $500


  1. Students must be enrolled in biology or science-related courses (Grade 9 to 12) in any public or private school within the United States.
  2. Individual Students only may submit ONE project for this competition.
  3. Research presented in 2014 must be NEW research.  Projects may be continued research from previous years. Any project conducted in a similar area of research as previous projects should be considered a continuation. If the project is a continuation, explain as completely as possible how the project will differ from previous experimentation because ONLY a new and different research project is allowed. The current year project must demonstrate significant progress. Explain when the actual experimental procedure (not the background literature review) will begin and end because ONLY a 12-month project that occurred within the last 18 months before this year’s International BioGENEius Challenge is allowed.
  4. For more information regarding the Judging Criteria click here.  For more information regarding Rules and Guidelines click here.

For information on the 2013 Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius winners, click here.

Thank you for your interest in the Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge!

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