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USABO/Biology Clubs


Canyon Crest High School Biology Club, San Diego, CA. President: Varkey Alumootil


Paul Laurence Dunbar Biology Olympiad Club, Lexington, KY, President: Mohammad Rashad. Website: (still under construction) www.pld.fcps.net and www.newsomebiology.com


Princeton High School Biology Olympiad, Princeton, NJ. Founder and President: Jasper Lee


Seven Lakes High School Biology Olympiad Club, Katy TX. President: Thomas Xiong


Thomas Jefferson School of Science & Technology Biology Olympiad Club, Alexandria, VA. Captain: Ashwin Srinivasan 

Lydia You presents lecture on fish anatomy.


West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, Plainsboro, NJ. Past President: Roger Jin


South International Science Olympiad Clubs, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, West Windsor, NJ, Founder & President: Shannon Weng


White Station High School Biology Olympiad Team, Secretary: Nilai Vemula


USABO Team/Club Strategies

  1. Identify a teacher or administrator be your club sponsor.
  2. Register for the USABO.
  3. Recruit students via social media, posters and fliers.
  4. Recruitment advice from student Alexander Chan (Rowland High School):
    • First, a student needs to have some courage and not be intimidated by the USABO. I believe rying out for the USABO is very tough and a student is not obligated by anyone to make it through to the next round.
    • Second, there are more people who are interested in the USABO in your school than you think. I sent a post through my Facebook Wall and sent a post to the Science Olympiad team Group Page, the IB group page, and other Facebook group pages that might be interested in the Biology Olympiad.
    • Third, I found a teacher that was willing to sponsor and set a fixed cost to cover the expenses of registration for the participants and set the date of the competition.
    • Fourth, I sent an e-mail to all the Science Olympiad Club members at our school. (I asked the club president for permission to advertise the USABO with the name of Science Olympiad. I am the Science Olympiad club Secretary.)
    • Fifth, since our Science Olympiad team is very prominent among the Science Department in our school, I sent an email to all the Science teachers in our school asking them to mention the USABO to their students.
    • Sixth, I designed a flier for the USABO and posted 80 of them around my school, and in classrooms. Click here to see my flier.
  5. Acquaint them with the topic areas of the exam:
    • Cell Biology
    • Plant Anatomy and Physiology
    • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    • Ethology
    • Genetics and Evolution
    • Ecology
    • Biosystematics
  6. Use these suggested resources to begin.
  7. Share insights about the USABO from
    1. Rebecca (Becky) Shi’s experience (First Place, 2011 International Biology Olympiad). Click here to read about Becky’s journey to the IBO.
    2. Nikhil Buduma (IBO Gold Medalist 2012 & 2013) from his talk May 1, 2014 at the Capitol Hill Luncheon, Washington, DC. Click here.
    3. Thomas Xiong's experence (IBO Gold Medalist 2016 & 2017). Click here to read Thomas' life lessons from the USABO and IBO.
  8. Visit the USABO site The information will provide an overview of the program for students. This year, the Student Resource Center is being updated with information regarding what to study and some tools to use for study.
  9. Visit the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) site to obtain an overview of the IBO. The USABO is structured similarly.
  10. The team should start to strategize and form a plan of study for the content to include resources, speakers, practice sessions, and lab time.
  11. Click here for the 2018 USABO brochure Coming and 2018 poster