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North Carolina BioGENEius Challenge

Please share this opportunity with high school students who have conducted any biotechnology research. This competition is open to high school age students in North Carolina having conducted research in biotechnology. Please help us get the work out by sending e-mails or posting on your websites.

National guidelines

North Carolina Biotechnology Center in Partnership with the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics will provide this opportunity for HS students to compete for an all expense trip to the National Bio Conference to compete on the international level.

Students must submit papers by March 1st. to :

If questions, please contact Myra Halpin athalpin@ncssm.edu.

Background Information

The Junior Seahawk Academy, sponsored by the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Watson College of Education, is an academy that provides a platform for middle school aged students from underrepresented populations from the southeastern regions of North Carolina to develop an interest in learning math, science and technology while participating in various fun, hands-on activities that promote learning. Through its effort it also helps in the implementation of literacy support for below grade level readers and readers with learning disabilities through the integration of science, mathematics and technology experiences. The Junior Seahawk academy promotes “fun” learning for middle school aged children as they participate in activities related to these challenging subjects. Benefits for participants include improved knowledge of these subjects, technology and reading competence, social skills and increased access of information regarding post-secondary education and opportunities offered by UNCW and Watson College of Education.

Organization History

The Junior Seahawk Academy began in November, 2005 at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in the Mathematics and Statistics Department spearheaded by Dr. Denise Terry Johnson, Dr. Angelia Reid-Griffin and the late Laverne Whitted.  The team wanted to create a platform for students from underrepresented and economically deprived groups to develop an interest in STEM careers as well as develop a positive community connection with students and families in southeastern North Carolina.  In September, 2007, Dr. Angelia Reid-Griffin, took on the role as program coordinator and with the support of Dr. Cathy Barlow, brought the Junior Seahawk Academy under the Watson College of Education where it continues to grow and strengthen the ties between the university and its surrounding communities.  The vision of the academy continues to expand and we have found that it has positively influenced students’ interests, attitudes, and achievements in schools. 

Share books that your child has read with other Junior Seahawk Participants:
Have your Parent/Guardian log in athttp://uncwwsejrseahawkchallenge.blogspot.com/  and post this book for others to enjoy.

Link for Connect a Million Minds Connectoryhttp://www.connectamillionminds.com/connectory.php

Special Thanks to our Sponsors:

Watson School of Education
Public Service & Continuing Studies
The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion 

First Book NH County Chapter
New Hanover County Chapter

Connect a Million Minds 
Time Warner Cable


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