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Biology Merit Exam

Biology Merit Exam

The 39th Annual BME will be held on April 27, 2018 in Tillman Auditorium!

Pre-register today and reserve space for your group!  (link now open for 2018)  
Pre-registration is free.  Space in Tillman Auditorium will be limited, but is likely not to be an issue based on average attendance.  
Group coordinators must then also officially register and pay for their students during the open registration period (Mach 1- April 8) to guarantee participation (details below).  

All 2018 details to be updated soon...

2017 Detailed logistics letter for registered participants (hard copy will mail to coordinating teachers)
2017 Driving/parking instructions with detailed bus drop off diagram/procedures  (hard copy will mail to coordinating teachers)
2017 BIOSCIence Expo - agenda/description of activites following the BME; map to activity locations (hard copy will mail to coordinating teachers)

Registration - open March 1 though April 8, 2018

Advance registration is required. 
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.

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 the entire group.   Contact with any questions.


      • 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 April 8 after which fees are non-refundable.  Any T-shirts purchased by schools that do not attend will be mailed to the coordinating teacher after the exam.

On-site Check-In (required)

Check-In is Friday from 9:00am - 10:00am 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


 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Tillman lobby

Welcome & Exam

10:10 AM -  (exit by noon)

Tillman Auditorium

BIOSCIence Expo (optional)

11:30 AM - 2:30 PM (times vary, see schedule)

Long/Jordan Hall, Campbell Museum of Natural History

Due to  Clemson University policies concerning the safety and supervision of minors, we are unable to host a separate Teacher Reception as done in years past  A parent, guardian, teacher or chaperone is required to be present with his/her students throughout the duration of the exam.  Clemson University is not responsible for supervising student participants at any time.

BIOSCIence Expo!

The Department of Biological Sciences invites you to take a short walk over to Long and Jordan Hall immediately following the exam to enjoy special displays, hands on activities, and tours available only to BME participants and ONLY on Friday, April 27 as part of the new BioScience Expo!


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