USA Biology Olympiad Being Held at George Mason

Posted: June 2, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason is hosting the 20 finalists in the 2004 USA Biology Olympiad (USABO), a competition for high school biology students that will ultimately select a four-member team to represent the United States at the International Biology Olympiad next month in Brisbane, Australia.

Alan Christensen, professor of biology at George Mason and director of the USABO, says, “The selection of the national finalists was based on the students’ superior performance on a very demanding semifinal exam. The top 20 among 544 biology students who took the semifinal exam are to be commended for their outstanding performance.” The initial pool was 5,000 contestants.

The finalists are participating in a two-week intensive training program that began yesterday at George Mason. Two students represent Virginia: Katherine Aull from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, and Sarah Williamson from Walsingham Academy Upper School, Williamsburg.

The event is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Education, a Vienna, Va., nonprofit that nurtures careers in science and technology. The winning team will be announced on June 16.

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