University of Minnesota

M is for Microbe

BTI’s 2017 Lab Contest

Bring us your best fungi, bacteria, and algae for our M is for Microbe contest. We are asking BTI labs to grow the University of Minnesota M in a petri dish. The winning lab will get the glory, the bragging rights, and a $300 gift certificate for lunch for the lab. Contest starts in September and will end December 15, 2017.

How to Enter

  1. Tweet update photos of your entry to @BTI_UMN 3 times over the course of the semester with the hashtag #UMNMICROBE.
  2. Send a high resolution copy (at least 1024x768, such as from an iPhone or digital camera) to Include your name, a location, date and brief description of the image. Let us know what alterations (if any) you made to the photo.

How will the contest be judged?

  • Photos are submitted to BTI Communications and collected. Photos must be submitted before
    December 15, 2017
  • The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges made up of BTI faculty and staff.

To be eligible to win:

  • Be an undergraduate student, graduate student, postdoc, or faculty member in a BTI lab
  • Follow all contest instructions
  • Submit photos on or before December 15, 2017


  • Can I enter more than once?

  • Do I have to be on Twitter?
    Yes. We’re seeking photos to publicize BTI and increase our Twitter presence.


  • The BioTechnology Institute retains the right to use any photos you enter in the contest for online and print marketing materials.
  • Please keep your photos and captions “safe for work” and appropriate for university promotional materials.
  • We retain the right to remove entries.