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Illinois’ Jilly Cronin Wins BioGENEius Global Environmental Award at BIO 2016

Jilly Cronin from Oak Park and River Forest High School won the BioGENEius Global Environment Award at the 2016 Internaitonal BIO Convention today.

The winners were named today during the keynote at the 2016 BIO International Convention, which featured Dr. Bennet Omalu and actor Will Smith, who portrayed him in the movie “Concussion.”

The International BioGENEius Challenge provides students the unique opportunity of attending the BIO International Convention, a leading biotechnology industry conference, allowing them to gain valuable insights from biotech leaders, leading companies, scientists, and innovators currently transforming the scientific landscape.

Jilly’s project in the Environmental Challenge titled, “Effects of Salinity and Temperature on Adsorption of Zinc by E. gracilis” seeks to devise a new way to absorb heavy metal zinc pollution from water.

Jilly won the Illinois BioGENEius challenge on April 20th, part of the 2016 iBIO IndEx.

The student competitors were evaluated on the quality of their research in biomedical, agricultural, and industrial/environmental biotechnology. Students were assessed on their presentations and ability to handle questions regarding their research and general scientific knowledge. Moreover, each student’s research was judged on the potential commercial and practical applications of their project.

Congratulations Jilly on your great win.

You can read the press release here.