Skip to Content

General Details


The 41st Annual BME will be held on April 24, 2020, in Tillman Auditorium

UPDATE 3/11/20 - Registration for the 2020 BME has been temporarily suspended.  It is doubtful that we will hold the event on campus this year due to concerns over COVID-19, but are working towards an online option.    Details will be posted on these pages and emailed directly to teachers that pre-registered participated last year.   Thanks for your patience and understanding!  
Ginger Foulk, 

Pre-register today and reserve space for your group! (Pre-registration is now closed - please follow registration procedures below)
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 3) to guarantee participation (details below).  

Advance registration is required (registration will open March 1 - April 3, 2020). 

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.  

* If you will be bringing a group of 100 or more, please contact Ginger Foulk as early as possible to be sure there is still space available.

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 3 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 9:00 am - 9:45 am 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.  

Packets containing pre-coded scantrons, #2 pencils, and any ordered T-shirts will be waiting for you.  Have a list of no-shows ready so we may cross them off our registration list and not worry when we cannot find a scantron for them.

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.


BME schedule of events


 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Tillman lobby

Welcome & Exam

10:00 AM -  (exit by 11:45)

Tillman Auditorium

BIOSCIence Expo (optional)

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (times vary, see schedule)

Long/Jordan Hall, Campbell Museum of Natural History

Clemson University policies concerning the safety and supervision of minors require that a parent, guardian, teacher or chaperone is 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 24 as part of the 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.