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General Details


The Department of Biological Sciences hosted an online and FREE edition of the annual Biology Merit Exam on Friday, April 29, 2022.  Check back for details about the 2023 exam in the spring.

Quick Overview - scroll down page for details.

  • Pre-registration is required and due one week out on Friday, April 22 by 10 am (see details below)
  • The exam will be offered online, through Canvas at Clemson University any time between 8:00 am - 3:45 pm (your choice) on Friday, April. 29
  • Students will have up to 75 minutes to take the exam once they begin (must begin the exam no later than 3:45 pm)
  • Award winners in each division will be announced as in the past, but we are unable to mail plaques or medals.    
  • Our BME T-shirts will be available for student/teacher (family and friends!) to purchase individually online for $20 each and will ship to whoever places the order. 

Pre-Registration (required)

  • Using the Group Pre-Registration Form, pre-register your students by submitting their name, email address and BME division by 10 am April 22. (divisions are defined on the form).  Email if you would like the form emailed to you.
    Pre-Reg Form 1-30 students  
    Pre-Reg Form 50+ students
  • It is preferred that a teacher register his/her class or entire participating group at one time and on one group pre-registration form.  
  • Students MAY register individually if he/she is the only representative from his/her school or class taking the BME through this Individual Pre-Registration Form,
  • Once you are pre-registered and after April 26, your students will be ‘registered for a Canvas account’ and receive an email from Canvas asking them to finish the registration process.  More information on this process and instructions on how to log in to Canvas will be provided to all teachers/students.  The Canvas registration process is simply asking students to create a password which they will NEED TO REMEMBER and then use to log in to Canvas to take the exam on April 29.  


      • Student Registration  - no fees for online BME 2022
      • T-shirt (optional) $20 each.  Price includes shipping and handling.  Details below.


The exam will be given between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:45 pm on Friday, April 29.   Students will have up to 75 minutes to complete the exam once started (most students complete the exam in 45 -55 minutes).   The exam must be completed in one sitting.


Winners will be announced for the top three places in each division. Other high-scoring students will be announced as honorable mention winners.   Unfortunately, no physical awards/plaques/medals can be shipped this year.

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 $20.  

T-shirts are available to purchase individually online and will ship to whoever places the order.  One caveat, if we do not reach a minimum order (50) we will be unable to purchase the shirts from our vendor and will refund all money back to the credit card used for the purchase.   

T-shirts must be ordered by May 2 and will ship 1-3 weeks after the exam.  ORDER HERE