National Intercollegiate Genetics Quiz Contest

The National Intercollegiate Genetics Quiz Contest is open to all undergraduate students from colleges and universities all over the Philippines with a background in genetics (such as but not limited to agriculture, forestry, allied health sciences, and biology). 

Brief History

The NIGQC traces its roots from the Luzon-wide Intercollegiate Genetics Quiz Contest first sponsored by GeneSoc in December 1998 at the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) Main Center in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija. This was followed by two more editions in November 2000 (Batac, Ilocos Norte) and October 2002 (Los Baños, Laguna). During these years, the quiz contest was held in conjunction with the biennial National Genetics Symposium organized by the Philippine Society for the Advancement of Genetics (PhilSAGen). However, the intercollegiate quiz contest was discontinued for more than a decade after the organization shifted its strategy on advancing GeneSoc's mission of promoting the science of Genetics in the Philippines by reaching out to secondary school students and high school biology teachers through the annual Genetics Camp.

 the 30th Anniversary of the The UPLB Genetics Society coinciding with the 60th year of the elucidation of the DNA Double Helix in 2013, the NIGQC was revived into a national student competition. NIGQC 2013 was held at Drillon Hall, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), UP Los Baños and it was participated by 10 universities nationwide – seven (7) from Luzon, two (2) from Visayas and one (1) from Mindanao. 

So far, the biggest attendance of the contest was reached in 2014 when the NIGQC was participated by 14 universities – twelve (12) from Luzon, one (1) from Visayas and one (1) from Mindanao. 

As of the seventh edition of the NIGQC, the University of the Philippines ManilaUniversity of the Philippines Baguio and Ateneo de Manila University have the highest number of NIGQC championships. Each of the three schools have two top podium finishes - UPM in 2000 and 2002; UPB in 1998 and 2015; and ADMU in 2013 and 2016.
 4th NIGQC (2013)
DNA Goes Diamond:
60 years of progressive research and development
 5th NIGQC (2014)
 6th NIGQC (2015)
Medical Genetics: 
Paving the way for Innovations in 
Health Sciences

 7th NIGQC (2016)
Breed and Transform Genetics and Agriculture towards 
Food Security and Sustainability
(click photos to enlarge)

See the list of participating colleges and universities, and contest winners below.

 NIGQC 2016

About the Theme

This year with the theme "Breed and Transform Genetics and Agriculture Towards Food Security and Sustainability," the organization aims to highlight the integration of the two scientific fields from the technological advancements to the pressing issues in society.

The 2016 National Intercollegiate Genetics Quiz Contest will still cover the different branches of Genetics which include, but not limited to, Cytogenetics, Molecular Genetics, Evolutionary Genetics, Developmental Genetics, Qualitative and Quantitative Genetics, and Population Genetics.

Contest Mechanics

2015 Contest MechanicsThe quiz contest is a whole day event. It will cover topics in selected branches of genetics. It is composed of three (3) rounds namely the Individual Exam Round, Initiation-Elongation Round, and the Termination Round. Each participating school will have three (3) contestants or representatives. 

The first round (Individual Exam Round) will be taken by each contestant individually while the succeeding two rounds (Initiation-Elongation Round, and Termination Round) will be answered by group. All the points accumulated will be tallied after the final round.   

*NOTETeams are required to bring their own scientific calculators and have them checked by their respective proctors prior to the start of the contest.

Registration Mechanics

Only a single team may represent a university/college/institute. A participating team shall be composed of only three (3) undergraduate students, and a coach from the university/college/institute to be represented. 

However, the presence of a coach on the actual date of the competition is optional. In such case, the coach may be represented by a co-faculty, or university/college/institute personnel. Undergraduate students may be chosen from any academic level (i.e. freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior).

Interested teams must send their confirmation of participation thru email addressed to the Invitations Committee of NIGQC 2016 on or before October 24, 2016.

Leann F. Suiton
Head, NIGQC Invitations and Letters Committee
0906 458 0636

A registration fee of Php 1,500 must be paid by all participating teams. A part of the registration fee (Php 1,000) will be allotted for confirmation of the team’s slot in the competition, and must be paid through either of the following:

Thru BPI (Bank of the Philippine Islands):
Account Number: 0913 – 2630 – 73 

Thru LBC/Western Union: 
Hannah De Jesus
Head, NIGQC Finance Committee
0927 820 2465

A scanned copy of the deposit/transaction slip must be sent thru e-mail on or before October 24, 2016. The remaining Php 500 (inclusive of food and snacks, official NIGQC shirt, souvenirs and quiz materials) will be paid in the registration booth during the day of the competition (November 5, 2016). NOTE: The confirmation fee is non-refundable, in case of withdrawal of participation.

All necessary details of the team members must be submitted on the deadline for the reservation of slots.

Interested groups may request the complete contest invitation letter 
and full registration mechanics at
 InvitationRegistration Form | NIGQC2016 Primer


The winning teams will be awarded with medals, certificates, and cash prizes (to be updated)

CHAMPION:                  Php  
1ST RUNNER UP:         Php    
2ND RUNNER UP:        Php    


24 October 2016
Deadline for Registration Fee

05 November 2016
On-site Registration Payment and 
Contest Proper

Contact Us

Rency Raquid
NIGQC 2016 Steering Committed Head


Contest Partners
and Sponsors

Major Sponsor
Monsanto Philippines

Patron Sponsors
Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice)

Diamed Enterprises

Association of Fellows, Scholars, Trainees, and Residents of IRRI (AFSTRI)

UP Los Baños Foundation Inc. (UPLBFI)


Special Thanks
Karne Frio
Melville's Canteen 

Media Partner
When in Manila

Contest Partner
Genetics and Molecular Biology Division (GMBD), 
Institute of Biological Sciences UPLB

The UPLB Genetics Society GeneSoc,
Oct 18, 2016, 11:33 AM
The UPLB Genetics Society GeneSoc,
Oct 18, 2016, 10:54 AM
The UPLB Genetics Society GeneSoc,
Oct 18, 2016, 10:54 AM