Applications now being accepted for 2021 USA Biolympiad

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Registration is Now Open for 2021 USA Biolympiad

McLean, Virginia – September 14, 2020 – The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) announces that school and student registrations are now open for the 2021 USA Biolympiad (USABO). The 2021 USABO Registration is open for U.S. high school students nationwide.

“The USA Biolympiad encourages excellence in science education. It propels American high school students and their teachers to reach the gold standard,” said Joann P. DiGennaro, President of the Center for Excellence in Education.

CEE encourages teachers and schools to register grades 9 to 12 biology students for the Open Exam. AP courses are not required. The registration fee is $95 per school regardless of the number of student participants. For more information on USABO or to register for the exam, visit School registration closes on December 4, 2020. CEE is prepared to hold this competition regardless if the National Finals are held in-person or virtually.

“This is an exciting time of year,” said Michelle King, Ph.D., Manager USA Biolympiad. “It’s wonderful to see the thousands of students who sign up to take the exam. All are passionate about biology and welcome the challenge of the USABO. When a school registers, teachers gain access to online resources such as recommended readings, study guides, practice questions, guidelines, checklists, and access to previous exams to help them prepare students for the exam.”

Over 100,000 high school students have participated in the annual USABO since 2002. Nearly 10,000 students register annually to participate in this prestigious opportunity. The USABO mission concentrates on stimulating young scholars’ intellectual curiosity and developing their critical thinking in laboratory skills and biological reasoning to propel them to careers of excellence and leadership in science and technology.

The USABO is a four-tier competition that demands the very best of students in biology theoretical and laboratory knowledge. The top four students from this competition will represent the USA at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) as the USA Biolympiad Team. Each member of USA Biolympiad Team has medaled since the USA first competed in the 2003 IBO. The four gold medalists from the National Finals will represent the United States at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) in Lisbon, Portugal from July 18 to 25, 2021.

About the Center for Excellence in Education
The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) was founded in 1983 by the late Admiral H.G. Rickover and Joann P. DiGennaro, President of the Center. The Center's mission is to nurture high school and university scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and to encourage collaboration between and among leaders in the global community. CEE’s programs include the Research Science Institute (RSI), the USA Biolympiad (USABO), and the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP). Visit

As the premiere biology competition for high school students in the United States since it began in 2002, the USA Biolympiad (USABO) enriches the life science education of thousands of talented students annually. It provides the motivation, curricular resources, and skills training to take them beyond their classroom experience to the level of international competitiveness. USABO alumni have earned Goldwater Scholarships, NOAA Hollings Scholarships, American Heart Association Undergraduate Fellowships, National Science Foundation Fellowships, Sloan Research Fellowships, the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, the Linen Prize in Chinese, and the Clara Levillain Prize. They have also been selected as Churchill Scholars, Marshall Scholars, Pew Biomedical Scholars, and Searle Scholars as well as for Burroughs Wellcome Fund Grants, Macmillan Grants, and National Institute of Health Grants. For more information on USABO or to register for the exam, visit



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