The Teen Biotech Challenge (TBC) is a science challenge that encourages high school students to demonstrate their understanding of biotechnology's impact on our world. Participating students will develop research and presentation skills, and most importantly, have fun learning about new technologies!
Biotechnology is a part of our daily lives. From agriculture to medicine, biofuels to bioremediation, the products developed using advanced biological techniques span a wide range of commercial and industrial applications. Through the Teen Biotech Challenge, we hope to promote awareness and understanding of the many ways that biotechnology positively impacts our society. Today's teens will be tomorrow's voting population and workforce. There are exciting prospects ahead, both for students interested in biotech careers and for all people interested in living high quality lives.
1. Students begin by choosing a biotech topic within one of six designated Focus Areas: Agricultural Biotechnology & Food Science; Computational Biology & Genomics; Drug Discovery & Biomanufacturing; Environmental Biotechnology & Planetary Health; Molecular Tools; and, Regenerative Medicine & Biomedical Engineering.
2. Using their own research, students will develop webpages that illustrate the chosen technology's impact on society.
3. Webpage entries will be judged for adherence to contest directions, quality of information, web design, and overall presentation.
4. In each Focus Area, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention winners will be chosen. A Grand Prize winner will be selected from the 1st place winners. Winning entries will be recognized at the annual TBC Awards Reception & Symposium held at UC Davis.
Thanks to the Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology graduate program for volunteering to judge the websites and host the contest each year, as well as our longtime industry partners who have provided support for student prizes and event costs. Since its inception in 2005, key TBC sponsors have included Novozymes, Bayer Crop Science (Monsanto), Genentech, Bio-Rad, HDR Architecture and the Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance (SARTA).
Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the TBC Awards Reception & Symposium planned for May 8, 2020, has unfortunately been cancelled. A list of winning TBC2020 students may be found in the pdf below. Please contact the team with any logistics questions. We extend our sincere congratulations to all of the students who participated in TBC2020!