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BioGENEius Challenge: Meet Rena Weis

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Rena, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, is currently a water resources engineer at Wenck Associates in Minnesota, where she works on projects to solve environmental and water resources challenges in the Midwest. These include stormwater management, wastewater treatment and discharge permitting, investigation of contaminated sites, and water quality studies and improvement plans.

2013 International BioGENEius Challenge winner, Rena grew up on a hobby farm where she learned to love the world around her. This translated into her passion for school science fairs and later, her interest in soil research aimed to improve food security across the globe.

As a member of Engineers Without Borders, Rena is part of a team of volunteers working to bring clean drinking water to remote areas of Peru.

Science truly touches all of us—it is used to treat our drinking water, grow our food, design our transportation systems, keep our bodies healthy and care for the planet we all share.

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About the Champions of Science® Storytelling Challenge—BioGENEius Edition
The Champions of Science Storytelling Challenge—BioGENEius Edition was open exclusively to alumni of the Biotechnology Institute’s BioGENEius Challenge—an international biotechnology competition held annually for high school students. Johnson & Johnson has been a longtime supporter of the BioGENEius Challenge as part of our commitment to fuel a strong and diverse pipeline of scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs.

Champions of Science is a multifaceted initiative to convene and catalyze champions of science, and engage people of all generations and backgrounds to see the unlimited opportunities that science brings.

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