The USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) is a national competition sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) to select the competitors for the International Biology Olympiad. Registration will open October 15, beginning the process to identify twenty national finalists for a two-week training camp.
Team USA was awarded three Gold Medals and one Silver Medal at the 25th International Biology Olympiad (IBO) held in Bali, Indonesia. Team USA represented this nation in the world’s competition for top academic achievement in biology, surpassing student representatives from 63 nations of the world.
The United States medalists are:
Gold Medalist – William Long, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, Alexandria, Virginia
Gold Medalist – Yilun Du, Pullman High School, Pullman, Washington
Gold Medalist – Varun Mangalick, Mounds View High School, Arden Hills, Minnesota
Silver Medalist – Abhijit Mudigonda, Westview High School, Portland, Oregon
Team USA members were selected based on their academic merit by CEE during the 12th annual USABO national finals hosted by Purdue University. Long, Du, Mangalick, and Mudigonda, are this nation’s premier biology students and will be seniors this fall.
“CEE is extremely proud of the success of Team USA 2014,” said Joann DiGennaro, president of CEE. “William, Yilun, Varun, and Abhijit garnered world recognition with their academic proficiency and are headed for outstanding science careers.”
Nearly 10,500 U.S. students from across the U.S. registered for the highly competitive USABO. Twenty finalists from 10 states were selected to compete at the USABO based on their scores from the open and semifinal exams. The high school students at the USABO also participated in lectures, study sessions and laboratory exercises led by biology experts in fields that includecellular & molecular biology, plant anatomy & physiology, animal anatomy & physiology, ethology, genetics & evolution, ecology, ethology, and biosystematics. This marks the fifth consecutive year that Purdue has co-sponsored the finals with CEE.
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