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International Biology Olympiad (IBO)

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL BIOLOGY OLYMPIAD (IBO)

 

To learn about the 2017 International Biology Olympiad in University of Warwick, Coventry, UK from July 23 to 30, 2017, please click on the logo to the left of the image of Warwick Castle.

2017 IBO VIDEO COMPETITION

Since 2010, the IBO has organized a video competition. If you are interested in producing a video for 2017 Team USA to submit in the UK, please visit 2017 IBO Video Competition (TBA).

WHAT IS AN OLYMPIAD?

The International Biology Olympiad (IBO) is the annual World Championship Biology Competition for high school students. The first academic international Olympiads were launched under the auspices of the United Nations in the 1960’s. The programs have expanded gradually to include over 70 countries across five continents. Currently, international academic Olympiads are held annually in mathematics, physics, chemistry, informatics, linguistics, astronomy, and biology. The USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) and the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) award individual achievement in theoretical and laboratory biology knowledge. IBO delegations consist of four students and two academic advisors. Although everyone who is ultimately chosen to travel abroad represents the U.S., each student will receive an individual score. Students will be awarded medals as individuals, not as a team. Further information about academic Olympiads can be found by visiting International Science Olympiad http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Science_Olympiad.

WHO IS the 2016 TEAM USA?

The Center for Excellence in Education announces
TEAM USA 2016

From left to right: Bowen Jing (West Lafayette High School, IN), Varkey Alumootil (Canyon Crest High School, CA), Boyang (Peter) Dun (Canterbury School, IN), and Thomas Xiong (Seven Lakes High School, Katy, TX)

2016 TEAM USA RECEIVES 3 GOLD MEDALS  and 1 SILVER MEDAL AT THE 27TH IBO, Hanoi, Vietnam!
 
 
From left to right
Twenty-sixth Place: Thomas Xiong (Seven Lakes High School, Katy, TX)
Seventh Place: Boyang (Peter) Dun (Canterbury School, IN)
Thirty-fifth Place: Varkey Alumootil (Canyon Crest High School, CA)
Tenth Place: Bowen Jing (West Lafayette High School, IN)
 

FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO, click on IBO 2016.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

"USABO is undoubtedly the most rigorous and amazing academic program I have ever experienced. The cutting-edge knowledge and techniques we have learned are invaluable toward sparking new ideas and opening new opportunities…USABO is also an inspiration by providing the immersive academic environment...for the most diligent and  intelligent group of peers that I have ever been privileged to be among. Our intellectual rapport, coupled with the diversity of our backgrounds and interests, is united by the common goal of becoming better prepared to make beneficial contributions to society. [Our] experiences at USABO have been invaluable leaps toward that goal." Bowen Jing, 2016 USABO Gold Medalist and 2016 IBO Gold Medalist

"The USABO National Finals has served as a vehicle to explore the breadth and depth of the biological sciences...from doing microbiological labs to identifying species and relationships in the local wilderness to attending lectures by world-class scientists describing their ground breaking research. I have made life-long friends who share similar passions, and I hope to engage with them in research and other ventures for many years to come." Varkey Alumootil, 2016 USABO Gold Medalist and 2016 IBO Silver Medalist

"I have made connections with students all around the United States and the world who share my passion for biology. Studying for the open and semifinal USABO exams provided me with the incentive to go above-and-beyond in the regular biological sciences material. I  plan to turn this passion into a career as a biotech entrepreneur in the futureBoyang (Peter) Dun, 2015 & 2016 USABO Gold Finalist and 2015 & 2016 IBO Gold Medalist

Before coming to Finals, my practical experience [in biology] was quite limited. I will definitely remember being frustrated as I attempted to cut extremely thin sections of plant leaves, butI also will remeber the reward of viewing an almost picturesque microscope slide of internal plant anatomy. I have also been able to meet students from aroundf the country, and now, have close friends from New Jersey, Michigan, California.. Through introducing me to extremely talented students and detailed facets of biology, the USABO has further inspired me to continue on a path of biology and academia throughout college. Thomas Xiong, 2016 USABO Gold Medalist and 2016 IBO Gold Medalist

           

                  2015 Denmark                         2016 Vietnam

 

HOW ARE IBO WINNERS SELECTED?

The IBO occurs over a six-day period. Two days are devoted to testing, one day to the Opening Ceremony, and one day to Closing Ceremony. The other days are filled with cultural activities and excursions in the host country and independent study. Students compete in both the theoretical and practical exams. Each exam lasts an average of four to six hours each day. Exams are given in the students’ native language (United States: English).

The Organizing Committee, which consists of the academic advisors from all participating countries, creates the two sets of exams – the theoretical, knowledge-based exam and the four practical, laboratory-based exams. All exams are related to the official text book, Biology by Campbell and Reese.

The practical and theoretical scores are aggregated. Participants in the top ten percent are awarded gold medals, the following twenty percent are awarded silver medals, and the next thirty percent are awarded bronze medals. Approximately, sixty percent of the IBO participants receive a medal. Please see the IBO guidelines here.

Officially, there are no team scores at the IBO. However, the total number of medals awarded to each country is tallied, announced, and publicized.

IBO medal winners do not receive any monetary awards or scholarships from the host country. The USA does not offer monetary awards or scholarships to Team USA.

TEAM USA INFORMATION

  • Students are selected for the IBO based on their USABO National Finals performance.
  • Students may be asked to participate in media appearances.
  • Students competing in the IBO are expected to study biology independently during the period between the USA Biology Olympiad National Finals and the IBO.