DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
PRINS. MEMO NO. 27
December 18, 2007
Linda M. Wallinger
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
The Center for Excellence in Education
The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) nurtures careers of excellence and leadership in science and technology for academically talented high school and college students. The CEE programs challenge students and assist them on a long-term basis to become creators, inventors, scientists, and leaders of the 21st century. The Center sponsors two programs for high school students: the Research Science Institute (RSI) and the USA Biology Olympiad.
Research Science Institute is a summer science program that combines on-campus
course work in scientific theory with off-campus work in scientific
research. Students work under mentors
who are scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. Students
selected from the
The USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) focuses on stimulating young scholars' intellectual curiosity and developing their critical thinking skills in biological reasoning. The International Biology Olympiad (IBO) is the annual World Championship Biology Competition for high school students. Currently, international academic Olympiads are held annually in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, biology, and astronomy.
USA Biology Olympiad and the International Biology Olympiad award individual
achievement in theoretical and practical biology knowledge and
understanding. The top four medal
winners from the USA Biology Olympiad National Finals, the U.S. Team, are
invited to represent the
For further information, please contact Paula Klonowski, science coordinator, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Paula.Klonowski@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 371-0249.