Student Discovery Zone and Scholarship Competition

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This years's Student Discovery Zone has exciting new features.

Arizona Bioscience Week Student Discovery Zone

Since it began in 2011, the Student Discovery Zone at the AZBio Awards has showcased the work of over 1,000 research posters created by Arizona students.

Student Posters at the AZBio Awards & Life Science Fiesta

All students with accepted posters will receive free admission to the AZBio Awards and Life Science Fiesta and have their posters displayed in the Student Discovery Zone Showcase.

Please arrive by 3:30 PM to mount your poster on your poster board and be prepared to line up for the student procession by 3:55.  The Student Procession begins at 4 PM sharp.

Following the AZBio Awards program, students are asked to be at their posters from 5:30 - 6:30 PM to interact with industry attendees .  Students are welcome to leave their posters to enjoy dinner and networking from 6:30 - 8:30 PM.

Student Discovery Zone Challenge Scholarship Prizes:

High School Students: First Place ($1,000), Second Place ($500), Third Place ($250)

University Students:    First Place ($1,000), Second Place ($500), Third Place ($250)

Please see below for Student Discovery Zone Challenge Scholarship Rules.

Video Submission Deadline  Sept. 5, 2021


The 2021 Student Discovery Zone Scholarship Competition



  1. Full-time Students attending an Arizona High School or University are eligible to participate.  2020 graduates who are continuing their education in Arizona or at another  university in the United States are also welcome. 
  2. Projects must have a biotechnology and/or medical technology application. 
  3. In the case of Students under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must email confirming that the student is authorized to participates AND that both the parent and the student agree to these Rules and Guidelines.
  4. To qualify for the scholarship competition, students must complete the Student Discovery Zone Application AND submit a 2-minute video (MP4 format) by Sept. 5, 2021 explaining their research and findings. Videos will be posted on and for viewing by judges and the community. The naming convention for videos is  LastName_FirstName_School  Click here to upload your video


The Student Discovery Zone Challenge Competition  has adopted the Intel ISEF ethics statement which is stated below to which each student must adhere. Students found in non-compliance with these principles will be automatically disqualified.

“Scientific fraud and misconduct are not condoned at any level of research or competition. Such practices include plagiarism, forgery, use or presentation of other researcher’s work as one’s own and fabrication of data. Fraudulent projects will fail to qualify for competition in affiliated fairs or the” BioGENEius Challenge.1

1. Society for Science and the Public. "International Rules for Precollege Science Research: Guidelines for Science and Engineering Fairs." International Science and Engineering Fair Rules for All Projects. Ed. ISEF SRC. Science for Science and the Public. 29 Jan 2015

How the Student Discovery Zone Challenge Competition Works

  1. Students must apply to participate no later than September 2 using the application button above.
  2. Project Guidelines:
    1. A project is deemed relevant if its content relates to the various applications of biotechnology such as health care, agriculture and forestry, food processing, mining and the environment, and forensics; and it applies the knowledge and techniques of the current courses at school and/or other scientific studies such as biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology and biotechnology.
    2. The project must include scientific experiments that recognize and control all significant variables and demonstrate excellent collection, analysis and presentation of data.
    3. The project should not involve the use of any dangerous chemicals or biohazardous materials, except under the direct supervision of qualified personnel with appropriate permission and consent forms completed and on file with the student's educational institution.
  3. In the case of a tie within the High School and/or University categories, prizes will be allocated proportionally.

Have a question?   Email  or call  (480) 779-8101 for assistance.  


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