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The USABO is the premiere biology competition for U.S. high school students, enriching the life science education of nearly 10,000 talented students annually.

Next Gen Biology Superstars

  • 2018-04-19T20:39:00.000+0000
  • California
  • Author: USABO

In the science and technology community the “next big thing” is the product of great minds and even greater imaginations. Finding that kind of research talent isn’t easy but the Center for Excellence in Education’s (CEE) USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) program helps. The USABO is the premiere biology competition for U.S. high school students, enriching the life science education of nearly 10,000 talented students annually. This year, for the first time, the USABO is jointly sponsored by CEE and The University of California, San Diego Division of Biological Sciences. The success of the USABO depends on the generous commitment and support of corporations, alumni, and others.

“USABO was the first place where I was pushed to learn science at a really challenging pace and intensity level," said Kelley Harris, Ph.D. the recipient of The $500,000 Burroughs Wellcome Fund 2017 Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI) to continue her research decoding the evolutionary history of DNA replication fidelity from whole genome sequences.

Jonathan Gootenberg (USABO ’08 ’09), a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University agrees. "When I was in high school and competed twice as a member of USABO’s Team USA I had no idea that one day I’d be part of a research team developing a system that may help detect diseases in ways that can help doctors make an accurate diagnosis much more quickly, using simple and inexpensive equipment, even in the middle of an outbreak.” Gootenberg currently works at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard on molecular tool development for basic science, diagnostics, and therapeutics.

In June 2018, the USABO finalists come to UC San Diego for two weeks of instruction, lab work, and exams to compete for four spots on Team USA, and the right to compete at the International Biology Olympiad. We would welcome the opportunity for you to get involved and support the next gen biology superstars.

Learn more at www.cee.org and for more information contact Heather Gaskins, V.P. International Outreach & Advancement, hgaskins@cee.org, 703-448-9062 ext.233