Local student to attend Biology Olympiad finals
Grace Chen will participate in intensive biology instruction and laboratory training at Purdue University during the 13th annual USA Biology Olympiad National Finals
Grace Chen(Photo: Courtesy of Grace Chen)
Story HighlightsGrace Chen will attend the Biology Olympiad from May 31 to June 12 at Purdue UniversityChen, who attended last year, may compete in Denmark if chosen among top four finalists
Before she heads for Harvard University in the fall, Grace Chen will participate in intensive biology instruction and laboratory training at Purdue University during the 13th annual USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) National Finals.
Chen, a senior at Bridgewater Raritan High School, was one of 20 students selected by the Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) to attend the program, with all expenses paid, from May 31 to June 12, followed by two days of testing to determine the four members of Team USA.
Finalists from 10 states were selected based on their scores from the USABO Open and Semifinal Exams. Nearly, 10,500 talented students registered nationally for the USABO.
While at Purdue, Chen will study with top biologists in the nation who are experts in cellular and molecular biology, plant anatomy and physiology, animal anatomy and physiology, ethology, genetics and evolution, ecology, ethology and biosystematics.
She will take practical and theoretical exams at the end of the 10 day experience, and if she is Nike HypervenomX Proximo one of the four highest scoring students, she will represent the United States at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) competition in Aarhaus, Denmark from July 12 to 19.
Chen said that she discovered the Biology Olympiad opportunity when girls soccer shoes it was mentioned to her by her AP biology teacher during her junior year.
“I always liked biology, and I started without a goal in mind, Nike HypervenomX Proximo but just to explore biology further and see what new things there were to learn, she said.
“I’ve been lucky to have really nice biology teachers who have made the subject more interesting than it normally would be, added Chen, who plays the flute for school’s band, orchestra and marching band. She is also co captain for her speech and debate team, as well as a member of the Future Business Leaders of America.
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According to Chen, when she was invited to the USABO finals last year, she was so excited about the opportunity that she jumped up and ran down the school hallway completely overjoyed.
“Going to the camp last year opened my eyes on how much there is to do, focusing on connecting biological ideas to show that there is an underlying theme, she said. “Every day there is a very intense schedule of labs and lectures but always something new. One day you are dissecting crickets, then studying plant anatomy. It’s hands on and what you have never been exposed to before.
“This has definitely been a huge honor. Sometimes, I can’t believe I’m getting this Nike HypervenomX Proximo opportunity. In terms of the experience, you might expect it to be hypercompetitive and cut throat, but everyone is so supportive of one another and happy to help. Everyone is incredibly nice and it has been a great environment that has impacted the way I study,
Although she is undecided about the exact career path that she hopes to take, Chen is certain that, by having the experience at USABO, science will definitely play an integral part.
She was particularly impressed by a speech given during the closing ceremony of last year’s USABO that discussed how scientists, in order to lead the next girls soccer shoes generation, must make their work and scientific progress understandable by the public and realize how to bring it into the public view.
“That is something that has impacted my idea of a career and where I want to go in the future, said Chen, who hinted that she might like to blend her interest in science and humanities girls soccer shoes.