„Canadian Biology Olympiad/Les Olympiades Canadiennes de Biologie“
- Established since: 2004
- Website: Official website
- Website language: English
- Official website
Ph.D. Sylvie Bardin
Ontario Tech university
C/O Dr. Sylvie Bardin
Faculty of Science
2000 Simcoe Street North
L1G 0C5, Oshawa
There are no appointing institution.
The coordinator is nominated by the CBO committee. The CBO committee is made of 5 biology volunteered high school and university professors.
We are no currently affiliated with any institution.
The two rounds take place in April of each year. For the first round, the students have to take the National Biology Exam from the University of Toronto. The second round is the submission to the CBO of practicum portfolios.
About 4,000 students
There are two rounds:
1- The National Biology exam hosted by the University of Toronto (http://biocomp.utoronto.ca/): 4,000 participants from Canadian schools. The multiple-choice exam is delivered in the schools the students attend.
2- The practical portfolios. The portfolios are done by the students in their high school : 30 participants. They typically submit three portfolios for three different experiments. The portfolios are designed and corrected by members of the CBO committee.
The students, selected for the IBO, attend a 5-day camp taking place before the IBO where they will review/learn proper use of equipment found in biology labs as well as performing experiments, analyzing results, etc. The workshops are taught by professional in a variety of biology fields and take place in a university.
The students study for the theoretical exam on their own using the Campbell text book.
For the practical exam, students attend a 5-day camp taking place before the IBO where they will review/learn proper use of equipment found in biology labs as well as performing experiments, analyzing results, etc. The students are provides with handouts for the lab experiments and they learn from professional in a variety of biology fields.
● Competitors must be residents of Canada and Canadian Citizens or Landed Immigrants.
● Competitors are students of a regular secondary school for general education in Canada. In Quebec, first year CGEP students are also eligible to participate.
● Competitors have not obtained a diploma allowing them to study at a university or equivalent institution, before the 1st of January 2021.
● Competitors have not yet started study at a university or equivalent institution as part-time or full-time students.
● Competitors must be under the age of 20 as of July 1st, 2021.
● Competitors have not already participated in the IBO (can only participate once).
September 1 to June 30
3 hours per week over the course of the year for grade 11 and 12.
110 hours to 125 hours of class per course.
25 hours a week, having 4 classes per week at 75min per class. (minimum would likely be 20 hours maximum might be 30 hours).
Information about the NBO are posted on the CBO website and Facebook.
We have also emailed teachers that signed up in previous years.
Information is usually posted beginning of January.
One of the CBO member.
- 2019: 4000 students from 350 schools (10% of eligible schools)
This corresponds to ~ 0.32% of the high school students in Canada
Web site only
The letter is a sample letter sent to the teachers to inform them of the CBO competition.
The poster is a sample posted sent for the training camp, which is open to the 4 selected IBO students as well as students who may be interested in competing the following year.