The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) has announced that Marymount University will host the 2022 USA Biolympiad (USABO) Finals from May 28 to June 9, 2022 on its Arlington campus.
USABO is the nation’s largest cost-free biology education and testing program for high school students. It has previously been conducted at Marymount University in 2018, 2015 and 2014.
“Marymount University is thrilled that CEE’s USA Biolympiad will once again be held on our campus this year,” said Dr. Todd Rimkus, Director of Marymount’s School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics and Professor of Biology and Physical Sciences. “Our faculty are passionate about helping students succeed now and into the future, and we’re looking forward to putting the spotlight on these high-achieving young adults. We’re also excited to demonstrate how a STEM education at Marymount can get these students, who are the best and brightest in their generation, where they want to go in their future careers.”
Nearly 11,000 students register annually to participate in USABO’s national biology exams, and the top 20 National Finalists participate in 10 days of intense biology instruction at the USABO National Finals. The four gold medalists from USABO’s National Finals will represent the U.S. at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) in Yerevan, Armenia from July 10-18, 2022.
USABO has placed first worldwide in the international competition in 2011 and 2013. Each of the four members of Team USA has also medaled at the IBO since first competing in 2003.
“CEE is proud to work with Marymount University to train the USABO National Finalists in practical and theoretical biology,” said Joann DiGennaro, President of CEE. “The students are some of the highest achieving biology students in the country.”
“This is a wonderful opportunity for USABO scholars to be exposed to Marymount University’s research and faculty,” added Dr. Michelle King, Program Manager of the USABO.
USABO’s mission concentrates on stimulating young scholars’ intellectual curiosity and developing their critical thinking in laboratory skills and biological reasoning to propel them to careers of excellence and leadership in science and technology. CEE provides necessary resources for students to prepare for the exam and explore the biological sciences. With school registration, teachers gain access to a wealth of online biology resources, including recommended readings, study guides, practice questions, guidelines and checklists to help them prepare students for study and testing.