HU Ready to Host the Pennsylvania BioGENEius Challenge

Harrisburg University will host one of the most established science competition open to high school students to showcase innovative and original science research projects in Biotechnology on April 25th, when the private university hosts the  Pennsylvania BioGENEius Challenge.

The contest is open to high school students (Grades 9 – 12) enrolled in biology or science related courses in any public, private or home school within the USA. The students will participate in projects in three separate biotechnology Challenge categories: Health Care; Agriculture; Industrial/Environmental.

Winners in the BioGENEius competition will be eligible to attend both the International BioGENEius Challenge and the BIO International Convention in San Francisco, CA, June 5-8, 2016, and have a chance to compete for cash prizes totaling $20,000.

Dr. Leena Pattarkine of the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology faculty organizes the statewide competition at HU.  As a former judge at the national and international levels of BioGENEius and with 25 years of research experience, Pattarkine understands how much students put into their projects. A

Being able to watch high school students dive into biotechnology is encouraging to Pattarkine, who sees it as a field that has more jobs that applicants in today’s workforce. She knows that without opportunities through programs such as BioGENEius, that some students would never be exposed to the possibilities of biotechnology.

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