David Campeau of Mayo High School in Rochester, MN, has won third place and $2500 in the BIO GENEius Challenge, sponsored by the Biotechnology Institute. David's project was titled â€śBrain Computer Interface.â€ť Â According to the Institute, the competing "students were evaluated not only on the quality of their research and display, but also on their responses to questions relating to their scientific knowledge and potential commercial applications of their research. The panel of judges included scientists, researchers, educators and key members of the biotech industry who selected the first- through fourth-place winners." Â The first place winner, from Kansas, won $7,500.
This is a great recognition for David Campeau, his school (a public institution with no affiliation with Mayo Clinic, though named after our founders) and for Minnesota. It's critical that science begin as an interest, a past time, a hobby, long before it is labeled "career opportunity"... Students, all students, should understand that science is merely a means to find answers to questions. It is not an inaccessible or unapproachable monolith. It's part of our lives. It helps your doctor decide how to treat you or how to diagnose your medical problem. Don't isolate science from your life -- it can save it. Even if it's not your bent as a participant, read about it, learn about current discoveries. Â Congrats, David, from the other Mayo outfit in Rochester.