BioGENEius Competition


IMPORTANT 2024 Notice: As of February 6, 2024, Georgia Bio is unsure if the international competition, run by the Biotechnology Institute, will take place. That said, Georgia Bio is committed to holding a statewide local competition. The organization reserves the right to offer cash prizes and not a trip to the BIO Convention in the event that the national competition is not held place. We apologize for this inconvenience.


An original independent science research competition. The BioGENEius Challenge is the most prestigious high school science competition in the world for original research in biotechnology.

When is it?: The 2024 Georgia BioGENEius Challenge will take place on Friday, April 12th, 2024 during the Georgia Science & Engineering Fair (GSEF). The GA BioGENEius judges selected 1 winner and 1 alternate.

The judging process will require your attendance at GSEF on Friday, April 12th, 2024 at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia. We will be judging applicants in front of their posters ‘on the floor’ at GSEF, rather than the one-on-one presentations and questioning that occurred during the virtual competitions.

Winners are announced Saturday afternoon, April 13, at the GSEF Awards event.

What Do You Win?: The winner of the Georgia competition will compete as a finalist in the International BioGENEius Challenges with students from around the country.

One (1) state finalist will be selected during the competition, and winner and alternate of the local BioGENEius Challenge will be notified the next day and announced in a press release.

To Apply: The Biotechnology Institute has not opened applications yet.


The deadline to apply for the 2024 Georgia BioGENEius Challenge is Sunday, April 7, 2024.



2024 Georgia BioGENEius Challenge Contact:

Megan Heaphy, BioGENEius Contact, Georgia Bio,


International BioGENEius Challenges Contact:

Quinta Jackson, Biotechnology Institute,

BioGENEius Competition 2021 Winners