Arlington, VA (February 26, 2007)–The Biotechnology Institute, the national organization dedicated to biotechnology education, has announced that Dow AgroSciences LLC and Eli Lilly and Company will be sponsoring the newly named 2007 Dow AgroSciences-Lilly BioDreaming Poster Competition. This competition encourages K-12 students across the nation to use their artistic talents to create posters that showcase their understanding of the promise and challenges of biotechnology.
First implemented by the Biotechnology Institute in 2004, this national poster competition educates young people about biotechnology and its immense potential for solving human health, food, and environmental problems. In 2006, more than 800 students from 81 schools in 26 U.S. states and Canadian provinces and territories submitted posters for the BioDreaming Poster Competition.
"I am pleased that Dow AgroSciences and Lilly have joined to support the Institute in spreading enthusiasm for biotechnology to students and the education community," says Paul A. Hanle, president of the Biotechnology Institute. "Through their generous support of this competition, these two Indianapolis-based biotechnology leaders are spotlighting the importance of developing the next generation´s awareness and appreciation of biotechnology."
The competition encourages K-12 students in public and private schools and youth organizations to submit posters that express the role that biotechnology plays in our lives, our communities, or the world at large. The posters are grouped into four grade categories: K-3rd grade, 4-6th grade, 7-9th grade, and 10-12th grade. First, second, and third place is awarded in each grade category. Winners will receive prizes of $500, $250, and $100, respectively. Submission guidelines are available at www.biotechinstitute.org.
The artwork of the top 12 student winners´ will be displayed at the Biotechnology Institute´s annual awards banquet during the Conference on Biotechnology Education, the BIO International Convention, and on the Institute´s website. The winners will then be invited to Indianapolis for a special award ceremony to be held in June.
About the Biotechnology Institute
The Biotechnology Institute is as an independent, national nonprofit organization dedicated to education about the present and future impact of biotechnology. Its mission is to engage, excite and educate the public, particularly students and teachers, about biotechnology and its immense potential for solving human health, food and environmental problems. For more information, visit www.biotechinstitute.org.
For more information about Dow AgroSciences, visit www.dowagro.com. For more information about Eli Lilly and Co., visit www.Lilly.com.