2021 EXAM UPDATE:
Dear National Biology Competition Participants,
Unfortunately, due to the public health emergency that continues under the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to cancel the 2021 U of T National Biology Competition.
As many of you have likely noticed, we did not open registration for the 2021 exam in December as we normally do. All of us were hoping for enough stability in light of the COVID-19 pandemic to make a confident decision that would work for the many students and many schools that typically take part in the exam across Canada and across the world.
Here in Toronto, the state of schools is still very much in flux. Students are fully engaged in remote learning for now and while this may end in February, it may not. Similarly to 2020, we do not want to administer an exam that excludes students due to where they live and what restrictions on in-person gatherings and schools currently exist. Nor do we want to run an online exam that is more difficult to invigilate fairly and also may exclude students who do not have equivalent access to the internet while at home.
Once again, thank you to all of the students, teachers, and schools that typically participate annually in the National Biology Competition. We look forward to an exciting and challenging exam in 2022 and to interacting with exam participants. This has been a difficult year for educators and students worldwide and we appreciate your understanding and patience with this cancellation.
All the best and stay safe and well,
Shelby Riskin, PhD
Director, U of T National Biology Competition
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Toronto
Results of the 2019 Competition
The 25th annual University of Toronto National Biology Competition was held at participating schools on Thursday, April 25, 2019. There were 4,501 eligible contestants, from 346 schools: 3,135 contestants from 254 schools within Canada, and 1,366 international contestants from 92 schools outside of Canada. Over 125,000 high school students have participated in the competition since 1995.
- 2019 Honour Rolls of Top Students and Schools: see "Past Competitions" tab above
- 2019 Exam and Answer Key: see "Past Competitions" tab above
Top 10 Students – Canada
Kevin Fan, St. George's School, Vancouver, BC (1st)
Purab Patel, Marc Garneau CI, Toronto, ON (2nd; tied for 1st in 2018)
Rico Dong, Milliken Mills HS, Markham, ON (tied for 3rd)
Oliver Tong, Burnaby South SS, Burnaby, BC (tied for 3rd)
Ethan Liu, St. George's School, Vancouver, BC (5th)
Adam Martinez, Waterloo CI, Waterloo, ON (6th)
Alston Lo, Richmond Hill HS, Richmond Hill, ON (7th)
Adam Glustein, Northern SS, Toronto, ON (tied for 8th)
Catherine Lalman, Vincent Massey SS, Windsor, ON (tied for 8th)
Adrian Tanjala, St. Robert Catholic HS, Thornhill, ON (10th)
Top 10 Students – International
(and those tied for 8th)
Derrick Liang, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA (1st)
Remy Wu, SEED of Paramus Academy, Paramus, NJ (2nd)
Jason Zhang, Troy HS, Troy, MI (3rd)
Nithin Parsan, Clements HS, Sugar Land, TX (tied for 4th)
John Yang, Princeton HS, Princeton, NJ (tied for 4th)
Lucy Zou, Yu's Elite Education, Raritan, NJ (tied for 4th)
Dhanush Banka, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA (7th)
Risha Chakraborty, Dougherty Valley HS, San Ramon, CA (tied for 8th)
Sean Choi, SEED of Paramus Academy, Paramus, NJ (tied for 8th)
Andrew Ding, Adlai E. Stevenson HS, Lincolnshire, IL (tied for 8th; 1st in 2018)
Daphne Hao, Yu's Elite Education, Raritan, NJ (tied for 8th)
Phoebe Hartch, Greenwich HS, Greenwich, CT (tied for 8th)
Kameel Khabaz, Fairmont Preparatory Academy, Anaheim, CA (tied for 8th)
Edward Lue, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA (tied for 8th)
Alvin Zhang, Dougherty Valley HS, San Ramon, CA (tied for 8th)
Top 10 Schools – Canada
Marc Garneau CI, Toronto, ON (1st; also 1st in 2018)
Richmond Hill HS, Richmond Hill, ON (2nd; 10th in 2018)
Western Canada HS, Calgary, AB (3rd; tied for 6th in 2018)
The Woodlands School, Mississauga, ON (4th)
Bayview SS, Richmond Hill, ON (5th; 9th in 2018)
St. George's School, Vancouver, BC (6th)
John Fraser SS, Mississauga, ON (7th)
Cameron Heights CI, Kitchener, ON (8th; tied for 6th in 2018)
Dr. E. P. Scarlett HS, Calgary, AB (9th; 3rd in 2018)
YES Education Centre, Vancouver, BC (10th)
Top 10 Schools – International
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA (1st; also 1st in 2018)
SEED of Paramus Academy, Paramus, NJ (2nd)
Clements High School, Sugar Land, TX (3rd)
Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL (4th; tied for 7th in 2018)
Ridge High School, Basking Ridge, NJ (5th; 4th in 2018)
Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon, CA (6th)
Cambridge Education Institute, Chino Hills, CA (7th; and tied for 7th in 2018)
Yu's Elite Education, Raritan, NJ (8th; 2nd in 2018)
White Station High School, Memphis, TN (9th)
Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, CA (10th)
About the 2020 Competition
The 26th annual University of Toronto National Biology Competition will be held at participating schools on Thursday, April 30, 2020.
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 2018 competition to register in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto (St. George campus).
- 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 next competition.
We look forward to your school's participation in the National Biology Competition!
Prof. Shelby Riskin, Competition Director (effective July 1, 2019)
Michael Arlt, Competition Administrator
Prof. Corey Goldman, Director Emeritus (Competition Director, 1995-2019)