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

Results of 2015 Competition

The 21st annual University of Toronto National Biology Competition was held at participating schools on Thursday, April 30, 2015. There were 4,122 eligible contestants, from 289 schools: 3,399 contestants from 243 schools within in Canada and 723 international contestants from 46 schools outside of Canada. Over 110,000 high school students have participated in the competition since 1995.

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

Tiger Jian, Waterloo Collegiate Institute, Waterloo, ON (1st)
Zeling Chen, Glenforest SS, Mississauga, ON (tied for 2nd)
Daniel Jin, Old Scona Academic School, Edmonton, AB( tied for 2nd)
Yoonsik Park, Fort Richmond Collegiate, Winnipeg, MB (tied for 2nd)
Yong Shen, Bayview Glen School, Don Mills, ON (tied for 2nd)
Marley Xiong, The Woodlands School, Mississauga, ON (tied for 2nd)
Frederick Zhang*, Pierre Elliott Trudeau HS, Markham, ON (tied for 2nd)
Zhe (Richard) Ren, Bishop Allen Academy, Etobicoke, ON (8th)
Benjamin Levy, University of Toronto Schools, Toronto, ON (9th)
Bill Jia*, University of Toronto Schools, Toronto, ON (tied for 10th)
Zhang Hao (Jim) Li, Point Grey SS, Vancouver, BC (tied for 10th)
Gloria Wu*, University of Toronto Schools, Toronto, ON (tied for 10th)
* Frederick, Bill and Gloria placed in the Top 15 in Canada in 2014

Top 10 Students – International

(plus those tied for 10th)

Jeff Chow*, Cambridge Educational Institute, Chino Hills, CA (tied for 1st)
Aadith Vittala, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA (tied for 1st)
Aaron Gu, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA (tied for 3rd)
Alexander Tsao, Troy HS, Fullerton, CA (tied for 3rd)
Tiger Zhang, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA (tied for 3rd)
Hasmik Avagyan, Ayb HS, Yerevan, Armenia (tied for 6th)
Daniel Chae, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA (tied for 6th)
Srinivas Mandyam, Ridge HS, Basking Ridge, NJ (tied for 6th)
Marie-Alice Minassian, Ayb HS, Yerevan, Armenia (tied for 6th)
Neeraj Prasad, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA (tied for 6th)
Ashwin Srinivasan, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA (tied for 6th)
Lawrence Wang, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA (tied for 6th)
David Wu, Troy HS, Troy, MI (tied for 6th)
Yeo Rui Jovan, NUS High School of Math and Science, Singapore (tied for 6th)
* Jeff tied for 5th place (internationally) in 2014

Top 10 Schools Canada

University of Toronto Schools, Toronto, ON (1st in 2015 and 2014)
Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute, Toronto, ON (2nd) (6th in 2014)
Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School, Calgary, AB (3rd) (tied for 3rd in 2014)
Vincent Massey High School, Brandon, MB (4th)
Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute, Kitchener, ON (tied for 5th)
Old Scona Academic School, Edmonton, AB (tied for 5th)
The Woodlands School, Mississauga, ON (tied for 5th)
Waterloo Collegiate Institute, Waterloo, ON (8th) (2nd in 2014)
Glenforest Secondary School, Mississauga, ON (tied for 9th) (10th in 2014)
William Lyon MacKenzie Collegiate Institute, North York, ON (tied for 9th)

Top 10 Schools – International

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA (1st in 2015 and 2014)
Troy High School, Fullerton, CA (2nd) (5th in 2014)
Cambridge Educational Institute, Chino Hills, CA (3rd) (2nd in 2014)
Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon, CA (4th) (3rd in 2014)
NUS High School of Math and Science, Singapore (5th)
Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, CA (6th in 2015 and 2014)
Poolesville High School, Poolesville, MD (tied for 7th) (10th in 2014)
Ridge High School, Basking Ridge, NJ (tied for 7th)
Izmir Ozel Fatih Koleji, Izmir, Turkey (tied for 9th) (7th in 2014)
Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, MD (tied for 9th) (8th in 2014)



2016 Competition

The 22nd annual University of Toronto National Biology Competition will be held at participating schools on Thursday, April 28, 2016.

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 2016 competition.

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

Corey Goldman, Competition Director
Michael Arlt, Competition Administrator