Students reach international podium



Students reach international podium
August 19, 2009

Four senior high school students are flying high thanks in part to training from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). The teens recently received international recognition for their science knowledge, winning silver and bronze medals at the 20th International Biology Olympiad (IBO), which was held in Tsukuba, Japan in July. The team was comprised of students from across Canada, including Steven Zhu from Vancouver, British
Columbia, Geoffrey Osgood from Calgary Alberta, Aaron Hakim from Oakville Ontario, and Clinton Wang from Toronto, Ontario.

They competed against 221 students from 56 different countries. In early July the students were part of a training camp at UOIT, which
was conducted by members of the Faculty of Science in an effort to improve their biology skills. The camp also hosted 13 Grade 10 and 11 students who work alongside the national team. In particular, the students took part in five intensive days of lab sessions, which focussed on animal physiology, plant anatomy/physiology, biochemistry, genetics and cell physiology. These labs prepared the national team for the IBO in Japan where they were required to complete four practical exams and two theoretical exams.

Clinton received a silver medal for finishing in the top 20 per cent of all students, while Zhu, Osgood and Hakim were each awarded bronze medals for ranking in the top 30 of all students.

“I would like to congratulate the team for their impressive results at the International Biology Olympiad and at the same time, thank those members of our faculty who contributed to their success,” says William Smith, the dean of UOIT’s Faculty of Science.

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