Clemson University

 Biology Merit Exam

April 20, 2012

 

Biology Merit Exam

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Purpose

The Clemson University Department of Biological Sciences conducts the Biology Merit Exam to recognize and promote outstanding achievement in the biological sciences among middle and high school students in South Carolina.

Participants
Middle school or high school students who have completed or are currently enrolled in a biology or life science course AND who have been identified by their teachers as having a strong interest and aptitude in the biological sciences are eligible to participate.

Structure
The Participants compete in one of three divisions:
Division I -- Middle school students having completed or presently enrolled in life sciences or high school students having credit for middle school life science only.
Division II -- High school students having completed or presently enrolled in their first biology course.
Division III- High school students having completed or presently enrolled in a second year of a high school life science.

Exam
The exam will consist of 40 multiple choice questions of varying degrees of difficulty distributed among the following topics:

General Principles

Genetics

Molecular Biology

Ecology

Cellular Biology

Taxonomy

Plant Structure and Function

Animal Structure and Function


Students will compete only against other students in their division. Decision of the judges is final.

Biology Bowl
This activity is patterned after "Jeopardy."
During each round, two or three students (from the same division ) are asked a series of biology questions worth a specified number of points.
The object is to acquire the greatest number of points. An award will be presented to the top three students in each division.
Note:
Teachers nominate specific students for the Biology Bowl. Students must be listed in order of preference. The Biology Bowl Committee will select the participating students based on available positions and notify the sponsoring teachers. There is no additional charge for this event, but participation is limited on a "first come, first serve" basis.

Instructions
preregistration
Registration
Awards
Schedule
Souvenirs
Fees
Deadlines
Reservations
Refunds
Information

Preregistration

All participants are encouraged to pre-register on the Web through the following link Registration for 2010, or by submitting all pre-registration materials mailed to registered schools. Registration materials and fees should be received by the deadline. These materials are to be sent in by a teacher or school, NOT by individual students. Participants are encouraged to pre-register early as possible. The closing date for preregistration is March 14, 2011.
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Registration

Registration is April 1 for all students and sponsors. Students MUST have been pre-registered in order to register for the contest.

There is no on-site registration for students that have not been preregistered.

ALL students must be accompanied by adult sponsors. Teachers are preferred as sponsors but parents may be substitutes if teachers cannot attend.
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Awards

Plaques and medallions will be awarded for the top three places in each division. Other high scoring students will receive honorable mention awards. Winners int he Biology Bowl will receive plaques.
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Schedule

April 1, 2011

Registration

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

(Littlejohn Coliseum)

Welcome

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Exam

10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Teacher Meeting

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Lunch & Activities

12:15 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Biology Bowl

1:30 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.






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Souvenirs

High quality T-shirts with a reproduction of the Biology Merit Exam logo and exam theme are available for a $7.00 charge.

Fees

Student Registration (required)

$7.00

Biology Bowl Registration (optional) (see note above)

no charge

T-shirt (optional)

$7.00

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Deadlines

Preregistration

March 14

Biology Bowl Applications

March 14

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Reservations

A limited number of rooms is available at the Clemson Suites (864-654-4605), the Comfort Inn (864-653-3600), the Days Inn (1-800-329-7466 or 653-4411), the Hampton Inn (864-653-7744),  the Ramada Inn (1-800-228-2828 or 654-7501), and the Sleep Inn (864-653-6000)
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Refunds

Payment for fees should be received on or by March 23, 2011. Requests for refunds must be received in writing or by e-mail by March 25.

Information

 

Additional information may be obtained from Biological Sciences, at (864) 656-2416 or (864) 656-2328.

Registration on Friday, April 1 will be held at Littlejohn Coliseum Plan to arrive as early as possible.

Checks should be made out to Clemson University. Return forms to:

Clemson University
Biology Merit Exam
Biological Sciences
132 Long Hall, Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634
 
A return label is provided with the preregistration form.
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Dr. Ric A. Garcia
ragrc@clemson.edu
Date Last Modified: Saturday, August 30, 2014