2013 USABO National Finals at Purdue University

In 2002, the Center developed and implemented the first-ever USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) to train future leaders in the biological sciences. The USABO is jointly sponsored with Purdue University. This program concentrates on stimulating young scholars’ intellectual curiosity and developing their critical thinking skills in biological reasoning, and culminates with the U.S. Team’s participation in the International Biology Olympiad.

McLean, VA, May 01, 2013 --(PR.com)-- The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) announces twenty top high school students have been selected to participate in the eleventh Annual USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) National Finals, from June 2-14, at Purdue University for the third consecutive year.

The finalists were selected based on their high scores from the USABO Open and Semifinal Exams. CEE reports that nearly 10,500 students registered nationally for the USABO.

Team USA members earned gold medals at the last five International Biology Olympiad competitions, including 2012 after their USABO qualifying activities and exams at Purdue.

“CEE is proud to sponsor the USABO with Purdue University and to train high school scholars in practical and theoretical biology,” said Joann DiGennaro, President of CEE. “The Center is very proud of United States students’ continued success at the IBO.”

The USABO National Finalists will gather at Purdue to compete for U.S. medals. The top four medalists will participate July 14-21 in the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) in Bern, Switzerland. The IBO is a worldwide competition involving students from 60 countries.

During the two weeks at Purdue, the finalists will participate in intensive theoretical and practical tutorials. The high school students will study with leading U.S. biologists who are experts in the fields of cellular biology, microbiology, biotechnology, plant anatomy & physiology, animal anatomy & physiology, ethology, genetics & evolution, ecology, ethology, and biosystematics.

At the conclusion of the two weeks, the students take two exams, a practical and a theoretical. The four highest scoring students are named “Team USA 2013” and will represent this nation at the IBO.

The 2013 USA Biology Olympiad National Finalists are:


Kevin Bao, Cambridge Educational Institute, Chino Hills
Nikhil Buduma, Bellarmine College Preparatory, San Jose
Bingfei Cao, Westview High School, San Diego
Bryce Hwang, Foothill High School, Pleasanton
Raghu Dhara, Mission San Jose High School, Fremont
Katie Dunn, Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica
Siddharth Trehan, Mira Loma High School, Sacramento
Karen Wong, Franklin High School, Elk Grove
Catherine Wu, Canyon Crest, San Diego

Lei Ding, The Charter School of Wilmington, Wilmington

Sidharth Chand, Detroit Country Day School, Beverly Hills

New Jersey
Michael Gao, Freehold High School, Freehold
Charles Gleason, Bergen County Academies, Hackensack
Raymond Wang, Holmdel High School, Holmdel

New Mexico
Eric Li, Albuquerque Academy, Albuquerque, NM

Abhijit Mudigonda, Westview High School, Portland

Karen Li, Cypress Falls High School, Houston

West Virginia
Christopher Radcliff, Morgantown High School, Morgantown

Janice Ong, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, Alexandria
William Long, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, Alexandria

About the Center for Excellence in Education
The Center for Excellence in Education was founded in 1983 by the late Admiral H.G. Rickover and Joann P. DiGennaro, President of the Center. The Center's mission is to nurture high school and university scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and to encourage collaboration between and among leaders in the global community. CEE sponsors the Research Science Institute (RSI), the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO), and the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP). For more information about the Center and its programs, visit CEE’s Web site, www.cee.org

Sources: Kathy Frame, 571-228-0098, kframe@cee.org
Clark Gedney, 765-494-0157, cgedney@purdue.edu

Phillip Fiorini, 765-496-3133, pfiorini@purdue.edu

Related websites:
Center for Excellence in Education: http://www.cee.org/
Purdue College of Science: https://www.science.purdue.edu/
Discovery Park: http://www.purdue.edu/dp/
Center for Excellence in Education (CEE)
Maureen Palmer
Joann DiGennaro