Since 1995, providing secondary school students the opportunity to test their knowledge and understanding of biology.

Results of the 2016 Competition

The 22nd annual University of Toronto National Biology Competition was held at participating schools on Thursday, April 28, 2016. There were 4,305 eligible contestants, from 330 schools: 3,195 contestants from 263 schools within in Canada and 1,110 international contestants from 67 schools outside of Canada. Over 115,000 high school students have participated in the competition since 1995.

Top 10 Students – Canada
(plus those tied for 10th)

Alex Cui, University of Toronto Schools, Toronto, ON (tied for 1st)
Jeffrey Zhou, Western Canada HS, Calgary, AB (tied for 1st)
Shiyun (Shirley) Zhu, Southridge School, Surrey, BC (3rd)
Dimitrije Ratkov, University of Toronto Schools, Toronto, ON (4th)
Spencer Zhao, University of Toronto Schools, Toronto, ON (5th)
Ian Burns, University of Toronto Schools, Toronto, ON (6th)
Victor Lee, Lord Byng SS, Vancouver, BC (tied for 7th)
David Nguyen, University Hill SS, Vancouver, BC (tied for 7th)
Stephanie Pye, Dr. E. P. Scarlett HS, Calgary, AB (tied for 7th)
Owen Baribeau, Waterloo CI, Waterloo, ON (tied for 10th)
Tiger Jian*, Waterloo CI, Waterloo, ON (tied for 10th)
Marley Xiong*, The Woodlands School, Mississauga, ON (tied for 10th)   
Shuai Yu, Waterloo CI, Waterloo, ON (tied for 10th)
David Zhang, University of Toronto Schools, Toronto, ON (tied for 10th)
* Tiger and Marley placed in the Top 10 in Canada in 2015

Top 10 Students – International

(plus those tied for 10th)

Rachana Mudipalli, Conestoga High School, Berwyn, PA (1st)
Saygin Gulec, Izmir Ozel Fatih Koleji, Izmir, Turkey (tied for 2nd)
Christina Ping, Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ (tied for 2nd)
Neeraj Prasad, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science & Technology, Alexandria, VA (tied for 2nd)
Ashwin Srinivasan, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science & Technology, Alexandria, VA (tied for 2nd)
Akos Marton, Radnoti Miklos Experimental Grammar School, Szeged, Hungary (tied for 6th)
Alex Miao, Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, MD (tied for 6th)
Kenneth Stier, Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ (tied for 6th)
David Yang, Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ (tied for 6th)
Sophia Zhang, Lexington High School, Lexington, MA (tied for 6th)
Tiger Zhang*, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science & Technology, Alexandria, VA (tied for 6th)
* Tiger placed in the Top 10 (internationally) in 2015

Top 10 Schools Canada

University of Toronto Schools*, Toronto, ON (1st in 2016, 2015, 2014)
Waterloo CI, Waterloo, ON (2nd)
Dr. E. P. Scarlett HS,
Calgary, AB (3rd) (3rd in 2015, tied for 3rd in 2014)
Marc Garneau CI
, Toronto, ON (4th) (2nd in 2015, 6th in 2014)
Western Canada HS, Calgary, AB (5th)
Old Scona Academic School
, Edmonton, AB (6th) (tied for 5th in 2015)
Bayview SS
, Richmond Hill, ON (7th)
Thornhill SS
, Thornhill, ON (8th)
Vincent Massey HS
, Brandon, MB (9th) (4th in 2015)
Michael Power St. Joseph HS
, Etobicoke, ON (10th)

Top 10 Schools – International

Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA (1st in 2016, 2015, 2014)
Izmir Ozel Fatih Koleji, Izmir, Konak, Turkey (2nd) (tied for 9th in 2015, 7th in 2014)
Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ (3rd)
Lexington High School, Lexington, MA (4th)
Ridge High School, Basking Ridge, NJ (5th) (tied for 7th in 2015)
Troy High School, Fullerton, CA (6th) (2nd in 2015, 5th in 2014)
Cambridge Educational Institute, Chino Hills, CA (7th) (3rd in 2015, 2nd in 2014)
Radnoti Miklos Experimental Grammar School, Szeged, Hungary (8th)
Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon, CA (9th) (4th in 2015, 3rd in 2014)
Conestoga High School, Berwyn, PA (10th)


About the 2017 Competition

The 23rd annual University of Toronto National Biology Competition will be held at participating schools on Thursday, April 27, 2017.

The aim of the competition is to provide all high school students with an opportunity to test their knowledge and understanding of biology. We encourage participation of younger students, especially those in Grade 11.

  • The Top 5% of students in Canadian schools will receive certificates designating them as National Biology Scholars; the Top 1% as National Biology Scholars with Distinction. Cash prizes will be awarded to the Top 1%.
  • The Top 5% of students in schools outside of Canada will receive certificates designating them as International Biology Scholars; the Top 1% as International Biology Scholars with Distinction. Cash prizes will be awarded to the Top 1
  • Admission scholarships, valued at $3,000, will be awarded to the top 15 students (of all participants) in the 2016 competition to register in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto (St. George).
  • The top three Canadian schools and the top three schools outside of Canada each receive a Certificate of Excellence.

If your school is not in our school directory, a coordinator (teacher) may create a permanent school account. A school account is required for registration; it will also ensure that your school is on our contact list when we announce the opening of registration for the 2017 competition.

We look forward to your school's participation in the National Biology Competition!

Corey Goldman, Competition Director
Michael Arlt, Competition Administrator