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The 2021 USA Biology Olympiad student registration is now open!

As the premiere biology competition for high school students in the United States, the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) is a three-tier competition that demands the very best of students in biology theoretical and laboratory knowledge. The first tier consists of two rounds of challenging exams. The first exam will be given at school on February 11, 2021 at 4 pm. The exams are rigorous and it is recommended that students have completed Honors Biology and currently enrolled in AP Biology.  

For further information about USABO, please visit the high school's science page or USABO’s website at  https://www.usabo-trc.org/

Students interested in participating must register with USABO by December 11, 2020 as follows:

  1. Go to the USABO website at https://www.usabo-trc.org/

  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page.  Select 2021 Registration in the Student Registration section on the bottom right

  3. Complete the form and choose your high school.  Edison School District’s High Schools are listed as:

John P Stevens High School - Edison, NJ

Edison High School - Edison, NJ

Students eligible to participate:

  • High school seniors are eligible provided that they have not enrolled formally in an undergraduate program at a college or university.

  • All interested students in grades 9 to 12 are eligible to participate in the USABO.

  • Students must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States.

Remember, to participate every student must register on the USABO's website by December 11th

Group Summer Scholars Research Program (GSSRP)
Applications due date: March 15, 2020

The Group Summer Scholars Research Program (GSSRP) is a 6-week, hands-on research experience aimed at attracting and developing talented students who are interested in pursuing an education in a STEM field.  Current high school sophomores, juniors and seniors (Classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022) are eligible to apply.  

Upon entering the program students are divided into small research teams that are paired with a faculty mentor conducting authentic scientific research in Analytical Chemistry, Virtual Reality & Scientific Visualization, Microbiology, Cancer Biology, Computational Mathematics, Developmental Biology and Modern Drug Discovery.  Students learn how to conduct basic and applied research during this program and develop a true appreciation of the scientific research process while contributing first hand to the acquisition of new scientific knowledge.  

The 2020 GSSRP runs from July 6 - August 13 (Mon-Thurs; 9am-4pm) and applications are now being accepted.  The application deadline is March 15th.  For more information, you can visit our website at: www.kean.edu/summer-scholar

Please note that scholarships are provided to low-income families and those with financial need to help cover the cost of the program ($1,850).  This is currently not an overnight program; students are responsible for getting themselves to and from Kean University each day.


USA Chemistry Olympiad

The U.S. Chemistry Olympiad is scheduled for Tues, March 5th periods 10-12 in the media center.
To sign up: https://www.quizcase.com/ICHO/
Registration Code: XHJSCu

Governor's School of New Jersey Programs

The Governor’s School of New Jersey is a summer residential program for your best and brightest juniors to focus on their interest in STEM subjects. Governor’s School scholars are introduced to college-level topics across STEM disciplines. They participate in course work, hands-on experiences, and team projects with peers who share their passion for STEM studies. They are taught by college and high school faculty who inspire their scholars to pursue the study of STEM subjects that will lead them to careers in these fields.

Governor’s School in the Sciences
For more information and to apply: http://www.nj.gov/govschool/sciences.shtml 

Governor’s School of Engineering & Technology
For more information and to apply: http://www.nj.gov/govschool/engineering-technology.shtml

 Columbia Science Honors Program

The Columbia University Science Honors Program (SHP) is a Saturday morning program specifically designed for high school students in the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades. Classes are held on the Columbia University Morningside Campus during the entire academic year from September through May.

For more information: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/shp/index.html

 Cornell Engineering Academies
The CURIE and CATALYST Academies are one-week summer residential programs for high school students who excel in math and science, enjoy solving problems, and want to learn more about careers in engineering. The target population for the CURIE Academy are rising junior and senior women students of all backgrounds, while the target population for the CATALYST Academy are rising junior and senior male and female students from backgrounds (African American, Native American/Alaska Native, Latino/a and Pacific Islander) severely underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines.

For more information:
CURIE Academy: http://www.engineering.cornell.edu/curie
CATALYST Academy: http://www.engineering.cornell.edu/catalyst

Real World Design Challenge Registration Available
The Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) is an annual competition that provides high school students, grades 9-12, the opportunity to work on real world engineering challenges in a team environment. Each year, student teams will be asked to address a challenge that confronts our nation's leading industries. Students will utilize professional engineering software to develop their solutions and will also generate presentations that convincingly demonstrate the value of their solutions. The RWDC provides students with opportunities to apply the lessons of the classroom to the technical problems that are being faced in the workplace.