Jeffrey Wang, the Auburn High School senior whose love of science earned him a trip to the White House Science Fair earlier this school year, is one of 20 students chosen to attend the USA Biology Olympiad National Finals. He joins an elite group of students from across the country who were selected based on the scores they earned on the USA Biology Olympiad open and semifinal exams. More than 10,000 students registered to take the tests this year.
The finalists “are among the highest achieving biology high school students in the nation,” said Joann DiGenarro, president of the Center for Excellence in Education. These student will spend two weeks at Purdue University this summer, studying with leading U.S. biologists and participating in intensive, hands-on tutorials. At the end of the challenge, they will take a practical and theoretical exam. The top four scorers will proceed to the next level of the competition.
Wang and the other finalists are competing for U.S. medals and the chance to join the TeamUSA squad that will prepare for the International Biology Olympiad in Taiwan. There, the American team will compete against teams from 60 countries and work to bring home gold medals for the fifth year in a row.
From the May 25-31, 2011 issue