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USABO: Mission and Goals

USABO Mission

The mission of the USABO is to encourage excellence in biology education throughout the United States and to challenge students and their teachers to reach the gold standard in biology. For the 2020 USABO Brochure, click here.


The USABO goals are to:

  • Demonstrate to the educational community that biology is important to students worldwide.
  • Strive to promote communication, understanding, and improvement of biology education between high schools in the U.S. and other countries participating in the International Biology Olympiad (IBO).
  • Encourage students to pursue knowledge and understanding above and beyond that normally encountered in high school biology courses.
  • Foster both a collaborative and a personal commitment to science that is observed in the biological research world.