Guest post by Ijeoma Obi
In April, I had the esteemed privilege of participating in this year’s BioME competition. After winning, I moved onto the BioGENEius challenge, and I’m glad to say that I received high honors in the competition. Awards are great, but experiences are worth discussion, and I believe we can all agree that experiences are greater than anything we can gain.
As everyone knows, because of the pandemic, everything has become virtual. The BioGENEius challenge was held over Zoom for about a week. I spent the majority of my time dressed in formal clothes, facing my camera, and talking to BioGENEiuses from all over the country. From California to Maine, the BioGENEiuses were a group of intelligent, skilled, crafty, and incredible kids like me who were there to have fun and share their research. We received feedback from experienced judges, researchers, and alumni. I made friends along the way, connected with them, and learned more about how they’re continuing their research through the pandemic.
Speaking of connections, aside from the competition, fun was had by all. Pizzas were delivered to our houses and we all virtually broke bread. Additionally, we played with marshmallows, watched The Matrix together, and even listened to a mix of our favorite songs!
I learned two valuable lessons throughout the competition. One, nothing stops innovation, absolutely nothing. Two, even though we are all apart from each other, we can still share experiences to the fullest while learning more from each other.
BioGENEius was a blast, and I can’t wait for the research I’ll carry on in the future!
Watch the virtual BioGENEius finals