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Biology Merit Exam

Biology Merit Exam

The BME will be held on April 21 or 28, 2017  (still under negotation!)

Notes of change for past participants:

  • tentative change in venue - Tillman Hall auditorium, not Littlejohn Coliseum
  • Tillman seats around 750 students, so registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis (likely not to even be an issue).  Space will also limit the number of pre-exam activities and displays available this year.
  • registration remains $10, all Tshirts are $12
  • Ginger Foulk continues as BME Director

Detailed logistics letter for registered participants
Driving/parking instructions with detailed bus drop off diagram/procedures


Advance registration is required.  (Registration dates for 2017 are not yet determined)
Review the detailed, step by step registration procedures using the link below, and then download the registration form (Excel spreadsheet). Once you have completed and submitted the Excel spreadsheet form to, return here to pay fees using the PAY FEES link in the left margin.

  • Registration procedures - step by step instructions
  • Registration form (Excel spreadsheet) for 50 or fewer students. Complete and email to
  • Registration form (Excel spreadsheet) for 50 or more students.   Complete and email to

A parent may register his/her child separately ONLY if he/she is the only representative from his/her school or class participating. Otherwise, the registration should be completed by the teacher coordinating the trip for a class/group.   


  • Student Registration (required) $10.00/student
  • T-shirt (optional) $12.00 each (adult sizes S - XXXL)

Credit cards are the preferred method of payment and strongly encouraged.  If your school cannot pay via credit card, an option to pay by check will be available for a limited time.   Checks should be made payable to Clemson University and mailed to: Ginger Foulk, Biology Merit Exam, Dept. of Biological Sciences, 132 Long Hall, Clemson, SC 29634-0314.

Requests for refunds must be received by March 31 after which fees are non-refundable.  Any T-shirts purchased will be mailed to the coordinating teacher after the exam.

On-site Check-In (required)

Check-In is Friday from 8:45am - 9:45am at Tillman Hall. One teacher or chaperone from each school should check in their entire group.  Students must have been registered online and in advance in order to be checked-in for the exam. There is no on-site registration for students on the day of the exam. 

All students must be accompanied by adult chaperones with a preferred 15:1 student to chaperone ratio. Plan to arrive on campus as early as possible to avoid delays at check-in.

Tentative Schedule


 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

Tillman Auditorium


10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Tillman Auditorium


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Tillman Auditorium

Optional - Lunch & Activities

12:00 PM* - 

Clemson campus

Due to  Clemson University policies concerning the safety and supervision of minors, we will be unable to host a separate Teacher Reception this year.  A parent, guardian, teacher or chaperone is required to be present with children throughout the duration of the exam.  Clemson University is not responsible for supervising children during the exam.


Plaques will be awarded for the top three places in each division. Other high scoring students will receive honorable mention awards. 

Souvenir T-shirts

T-shirts with a reproduction of the Biology Merit Exam logo on the front and exam theme on the back are available for a $12.  A limited number of T-shirts may be available for sale the day of the exam - cash or check only.

Hotel Reservations

Should your trip require an overnight stay, rooms may be available at the following Clemson hotels:

  • Courtyard Marriott 864-654-8833
  • James F. Martin Inn 864-654-9020
  • Holiday Inn Express 864-654-9410
  • Comfort Inn 864-653-3600
  • Hampton Inn 864-653-7744
  • Tillman Hotel 864-653-6000