2022 – High Schools Biology Awards

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Biology is a branch of natural science, with emphasis on the structures, functions as well as the formation and development laws of organisms. The solutions to significant problems in the social development of human beings, to a large extent, rely on the progress and development of life science and biotechnology.

Founded in 2008 by the master mathematician Prof. Shing-Tung Yau, the S.-T. Yau High School Science Award inspires scientific innovations and is designed for high school students all over the world. Advocating innovative thinking and collaborative spirits, the Award dispenses with paper-delivered test format or standardized test answers and instead gives students the opportunity to participate by submitting academic papers. The Award aims at promoting the development of science education in high schools, stimulating students’ research interests and innovative capabilities, as well as discovering and cultivating young talents in scientific disciplines.


  • Stimulate interest in biological research among high school students
  • Encourage innovation in biological thinking among high school students
  • Cultivate young biology talents
  • Encourage discussion between high school teachers and university professors


I. Entry Requirements

1. Eligibility

a) Each participating team should consist of 1-3 high school student(s) and 1-2 instructor(s).

b) The participating teams (including under external guidance) have achieved scientific research results.

2. Division

South Division:


North Division:

Beijing/Hebei/Tianjin/Shanxi/Shandong/Inner Mongolia/ Sinkiang /Heilongjiang/Jilin/Liaoning/Henan/Shanxi/Ningxia/Gansu/Qinghai


There are two overseas regional programs: Asia, USA.

Asia regional program covers all of Asia except Mainland China. For details on its program, please go to its website: https://yashk.org.hk/yau-award

USA covers all districts, states and provinces in the USA and Canada.

If a team consists of students from more than one region, the program Executive Committee reserves its discretion to direct the concerned team to participate in a region of the Committee’s choice.

If a team consists of students from outside the noted regions, the program Executive Committee reserves its discretion to direct the concerned team to participate in a region of the Committee’s choice.

3. Application Process

a) Online account registration, submission of team and individual information.

b) Online submission of research reports and other required materials. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Registration website: awards@emodelnations.com

4. Required Materials

a) Information of the participating team and individuals (to be completed online).

b) Research Report:

i. Format: PDF file.

ii. Each Report should include the following:

– Cover Page: name of student(s), province/state and country of the school with which the student(s) are affiliated, name of instructor(s), and title of the Report.

– After Cover Page: Title, Author(s), Abstract, Keywords, Table of Contents, and Body Text.

– Bibliography: starting on a separate page.

– Acknowledgment: describe the roles and contributions of each team member in completing the Research Report and, if applicable, any external assistance for the research.

Declaration of Academic Integrity.docx: please read carefully and sign.

iii. Requirements for the Research Report:

– Any form of plagiarism or other academic misconducts are strictly prohibited.

– References to existing research methods and conclusions must be indicated with clear citations and included in the bibliography. Each participating team should observe the common standard of academic integrity adopted by most  journals or degree theses.

– The research content and research process must not violate laws and regulations, or general principles of public order and social customs.

– The research subject must not include food, tobacco, alcohol, drugs, or medical instruments that may entail physical or psychological harms to human beings or animals.


c) Plagiarism check report

A plagiarism check report of the final Research Paper must be submitted before the deadline of the Research Report submission. (Recommended plagiarism check platforms: HowNet, PaperPass)

d) Supplementary documents (optional): such as experiment videos or relevant text/graphic materials.

5. Special Notes

a) Registration and the submission of all materials must be completed through the online system. Submissions of hard copies alone will be deemed invalid.

b) The information of instructor(s) and participating student(s) cannot be changed after the deadline for the final Research Report submission.

c) It is possible for a student to participate in the competition of multiple disciplines, but one can only register in the competition of any discipline once.

d) If the participating team has submitted or published the same research report in other competitions, related information must be provided in the “research report submission” section during the account registration process.

e) If a final Research Report’s percentage of similarity exceeds 10%, the Organizing Committee will disqualify the participating team. In the extreme case of full-text plagiarism, all the participating teams from the same school will be disqualified from the competition. In addition, the school and its act of blatant plagiarism will be publicly reported.

f) Research Reports selected for the National Final will be published on the official website for public review within a period of seven days.

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