The 2015 Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge

2013 Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius ChallengeThe 2015 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 “Student Eligibility” criteria listed below.  Students 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 (see below). Learn more about the 2014 competition.

***ENTRANTS in the Local Challenge must be available to compete in the National and International Challenges at the BIO International Convention in Philadelphia, PA (June 12-16, 2015) if you place***

The 2015 Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge

When:                  April 14, 2015 (Tuesday)
Where:                The J. David Gladstone Institutes, Mission Bay, San Francisco, CA
Applications:      January 30, 2015 – March 24, 2015 

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

Keynote Address:
Dr. Michael L. Penn, Jr. MD, PhD, Vice President,Diversity, Outreach, and Mentoring, Gladstone Institutes

Career Panel Moderator:
Aarif Khakoo, Executive Director, Research and Site Head, Amgen South San Francisco
Career Panel Speakers:
Ambika Bumb, PhD, Founder and CEO, Bikanta Corporation
Eileen de Feo, Ph.D., Senior Director, Reproductive and Genetic Health Operations, Illumina
Rick Harkins, Principal Scientist, Bayer Healthcare
Seth Rogers, Ph.D, CEO, NeuroSave
Daniel Zwilling, M.Sc., Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Circuit Therapeutics

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

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

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The U.S. BioGENEius Challenge
June12-16, 2015
BIO International Convention, Philadelphia, PA

U.S. International BioGENEius Challenge
When:                 June 12-16, 2015
Where:                BIO International Convention, Philadelphia, PA

International BioGENEius Cash Awards:
Global Healthcare Challenge
Grand Prize: $7,500
Global Sustainability Challenge
Grand Prize: $7,500
Global Environment Challenge
Grand Prize: $7,500

For complete information about the 2015 BioGENEius Challenge, please visit the national competition website.

Student Eligibility

  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 2015 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.

BioGENEius Posters and Applications


Information on poster requirements can be found here. You must precisely follow these guidelines.


To complete an online application for the Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge, please click here and select “California (Bay Area).” Submissions must be completed by March 24, 2015. We encourage you to submit your applications sooner, if possible.

Regional ISEF Competitions

We encourage Bay Area Challenge candidates to also enter one of the following fairs:

  • Alameda County Science & Engineering Fair: March 21-23, 2015. Click here for information and application.
  • The Intel-Affiliated Contra Costa County Science & Engineering Fair: March 19-22, 2015. Click here for information and application
  • Monterey County Science & Engineering Fair: March 14-16, 2015. Click here for information and application.
  • Sacramento Regional Science & Engineering Fair: March 21-22, 2015. Click here for information and application.
  • San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair: March 24-27, 2015. Click here for information and application.
  • Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair: March 8-18, 2015. Click here for information and application.
  • Synopsis Silicon Valley Science & Technology Championship: March 11-12, 2015. Click here for information and application.
  • Synopsis Sonoma County Science Fair: February 27, 2015. Click here for information and application.


Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge Contact:
Lori Lindburg, Executive Director, BayBio Institute, or (650) 871-3253

National & International BioGENEius Challenges Contact:
Bianca Blanks, Biotechnology Institute, or (202)-312-9292