BioKansas to Announce Kansas BioGENEius Challenge Winner

Winner will advance to compete against students across the globe

LENEXA, Kan.--()--BioKansas will announce the winner of the Kansas BioGENEius Challenge following its board meeting at the KU Medical Center Research Institute – Fairway, KS. The Kansas BioGENEius Challenge is a premier competition for high school students conducting research in biotechnology in Kansas. The winner advances to Philadelphia, PA, to compete against 14 other peers from the U.S. and Canada in the International BioGENEius Challenge. In 2011, Kansas winner Prarthana Dalal went on to win the International BioGENEius Challenge where she received a cash prize of $7,500.

This year four high school student projects will compete to represent the state of Kansas at the International BioGENEius Challenge. Finalists will present to the judges from 3:00-4:20pm in the Fairway Auditorium, Room 1106, and the winner will be announced during a BioBreak in the lobby area of the KU Medical Center Research Institute at 5:15pm. The 2015 finalists include:



Andrea Dahl, sophomore, Olathe North High School – “The Effect of Geographic Distance on the Variation in Vocalizations of the Gentoo Penguin, Pygoscelis papua, on the Antarctic Peninsula”



Disha Dasgupta, junior, Olathe North High School – “CALM-1 Gene Promotes Axon Regeneration - A Study of Treating Traumatic Brain Injury Using C. elegans Worms”



Jessica Rodriguez & Nancy Varella, seniors, Liberal High School – “GMO or NO”



Erin Smith, freshman, Shawnee Mission West High School – “The Effects of Cocoa Powder on the Cell Cycle and Ability to Induce Apoptosis in Spodoptera Frugiperda Ovarian Tissue Cancer Cells”



Kansas BioGENEius Challenge Winner Announced at BioBreak in the lobby area of the KU Medical Research Institute – 4350 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205.

The Kansas BioGENEius Challenge is administered by BioKansas, the unified voice for the biosciences in Kansas. BioKansas is focused on enhancing the business and research climate and working with leaders across the state to attract and retain bioscience talent, companies and funding for human, plant, animal and industrial biosciences.

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Jessica Beach, 913-495-4334

Release Summary

BioKansas Announces Kansas BioGENEius Challenge Winner - May 5 at KU Medical Center Research Institute


Jessica Beach, 913-495-4334