High school students mentored in top Canadian labs explore out-of-box ideas; Many find career-shaping passion for science in microscope

Bioscience Education Canada, Toronto


BioGENEiuses Miranda Wang, 18, and Jeanny Yao, 19 reprise their prize-winning 2012 SBCC presentation at TED2013, Long Beach CA, Feb. 27, 2013

Unexpected prizes from a high school biotech science competition, mentored by some of Canada’s top research experts, range from rich university scholarships and commercial patents to peer-reviewed journal citations and international speaking invitations, former teen participants say.

But the reward cited most often by alumni of the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC), this year marking its 20th annual competition, was the eye-opening experience of watching their inventive ideas succeed and being encouraged in a professional lab, creating in many a career-shaping passion for science.

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Sample coverage: TED2013, click here, Vancouver Sun, click here, Agencia EFE (Spanish), click here