Start regional, go international

Compete in the SBC event taking place in your province, and earn the chance to square off with other regional champions at the national level!

All high school students across Canada are invited to take part. Please see the Rules & Guidelines for full eligibility requirements and contest information. When you’re ready to start your application, find your application here.


Before sending in your application, don’t forget to visit the Students section on this website for helpful resources, checklists, and other tips to keep in mind.

Not sure how to write a proposal? Follow our guidelines.


The earlier your application is in, the higher the probability that we will be able to secure a mentor for you. Projects not aligned with a mentor by the application deadline will not be able to continue.
Selection Criteria

Applicants are required to submit a project outline describing their proposed research to a scientific evaluation committee. Proposals will be evaluated by the Evaluation Committee based on the following criteria:

  • Clarity and Soundness of Objective (20%) – a clearly defined objective that is sound, logical and “realistic to accomplish.”
  • Design and Feasibility of Experiment (50%) – the design of experiment(s) to find answer(s) for the questions posed. Are these experiments feasible? Could they provide results that would lead to answer(s) for the questions?
  • Relevance of Proposal (10%) – Relevance of the research proposal within the broad definition of biotechnology.
  • Skill Level Requirement (10%) – Difficulty level of carrying out the proposed experiments.
  • Presentation of Proposal (10%) – How clearly and well-presented is the proposal?

Proposals may be accepted outright or on condition that certain amendments and/or guarantees be made.

Judging Criteria

At each regional exhibition, an expert panel of judges selects the winning projects, using criteria as outlined below. Students are not only evaluated on the quality of their research, their lab journal and the display, but are also questioned on their scientific knowledge as well as potential commercial applications of their research.

Originality and Scientific Merit – 30%

Evaluation of the project’s overall relevance to the life sciences, as well as the degree of originality and creativity demonstrated by the students. Critical to this will be an assessment of the extent to which the ideas have been generated by the students. Judges must also assess the level of science represented by the project, (e.g. grade level, university level, etc.).

  • Relevance to Biotechnology (life sciences) – 10%
  • Originality and innovation – 15%
  • Level of science – 5%
Project Execution – 30%

Evaluation of the project’s experimental design, protocols, data collection and analysis. The students’ command of techniques and skills must be assessed along with the validity of their conclusions.

  • Experimental design and protocols – 10%
  • Results: Data collection and analysis – 10%
  • Command of techniques and skills – 5%
  • Validity of conclusions – 5%
Communication (Poster and Oral Presentation) – 40%

Project display: evaluation of the display as a summary of the project and its conclusions. Judges will look at the display in terms of its layout and clarity in illustrating the scientific techniques involved in the research.

Need help preparing your poster? We have a page for that.

  • Project Summary – 5%
  • Clarity and layout – 5%

Oral Presentation and Lab Journal: assessment of the students’ oral presentation in terms of the level of scientific knowledge demonstrated and their ability to explain and defend their conclusions. Evaluation of the lab journal for completeness and chronological record of the research progress.

Not sure what a lab journal looks like? Here’s a checklist on what to include.

  • Demonstration of scientific knowledge – 10%
  • Ability to explain and defend conclusions – 10%
  • Lab journal – 10%