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Genius Science Olympiad

Genius Science Olympiad
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Genius Olympiad


About Genius Science Olympiad:

GENIUS Science provides understanding and solutions to environmental problems using scientific knowledge. Students are expected to present a solution using scientific methods for a problem which fits in one of the following categories.

Each GENIUS Science project can be prepared and presented by up to two students. Presentation of the models is highly encouraged, but not required. However, a research description paper (with data, graphics, photos, and drawings of the design concept) is required as part of the application and presentation.  




SCIENCE | Environmental Quality

GENIUS Olympiad seeks solutions to problems related to indoor and outdoor air quality; the health effects of air, water, soil, radiation, and noise pollution; pollution management (e.g., systems for early warning or control of polluting incidents); the measurement of pollution; waste water treatment and remediation; solid waste treatment and remediation; the effects of radiation; and more.


SCIENCE | Ecology and Biodiversity

GENIUS Olympiad seeks solutions to problems related to the movement of food, resources, and energy through living communities; the assessment of the value of the local ecosystems; the effects of populations on ecosystems (e.g., excessive fishing, excessive farming); the destruction of habitat and its effects on the health of living organisms, including humans; genetic pollution and hybridization and their effects on food security and biodiversity; the effects of climate change on biodiversity; the distribution and abundance of organisms; and more.


SCIENCE | Resource and Energy

GENIUS Olympiad seeks solutions to problems related to responsible use of non-renewable natural resources; efficient use of non-renewable natural sources (e.g., in energy and goods production); the contribution of non-renewable natural sources to global warming; the efficient use of renewable natural sources (e.g., in energy and goods production); soil degradation, erosion, and remediation; the efficient use of water resources, and more.


SCIENCE | Human Ecology

GENIUS Olympiad seeks solutions to problems related to society and its knowledge about sustainability; socials changes that affect the environment; social justice in regard to food and water supplies; social justice in regard to access to education and quality of life; education about the environment and sustainability; the business and economy of sustainability; sustainable engineering and construction; society and energy usage; developing a sustainable low-waste society; social behavior involving recycling, reuse, and waste reduction programs; social views about environmental regulations, policies and programs; and more.


SCIENCE | Innovation

GENIUS Olympiad seeks engineering and design solutions for a specific use, such as new or different tools and equipment used in life, such as kitchens, schools, office space etc. to make process faster or more effective (reducing waste, etc), or more user friendly and healthier. 


Marking Scheme:

  1. Poster Organization and Content 
    2. Literature Review 
    3. Skills and Data Management 
    4. Scientific Method  
    5. Solution (Innovation) 
    6. Oral Presentation 


Eligibility Criteria:

  • The GENIUS Olympiad is open to all international and U.S. students studying in grades eight through twelve (or the equivalent).
  • All students under 18 years old must attend the GENIUS Olympiad with an adult supervisor (a teacher, a parent, or a guardian). Students who are 18 years old and study in high school may participate without an adult supervisor. Our minimum age requirement for student participants is 12.
  • The same project can NOT be submitted in consecutive years without significant progress or changes.
  • Projects which are submitted to other organizations/fairs can be submitted without changes.
  • A valid application must be submitted (including affiliated fair Genius Certificate winners) using the GENIUS Olympiad application system by the deadline with application fee payment.
  • All students and supervisors have to communicate in English well enough to present their projects. Translators for student presenters are NOT allowed. 


Exam Dates:

  • The Project Application will start on December 17, 2017. The link will be available on this website, all applications are made online.
  • The Project Application Deadline is March 1, 2018 for all individual/school applications.
  • The Application deadline for Affiliated International Fairs is March 15, 2018.
  • The Application deadline for Affiliated National (U.S. and Canadian Only) Fairs is April 15, 2018. 
  • Project Finalists will be announced on our website on March 27, 2018. 
  • Participation Registration Deadline is May 1, 2018 to be eligible to participate in. 


Registration Process:

  • Applications and registrations will be made through our online application system, which will be available on the first date of application on our main page.
  • The application is the first step to submit a project.  Registration is the second step, in which you will provide participant and travel information. Both steps are required by the deadlines for all participants.
  • Please check our annual schedule for 2016-2017 for application start date, application deadline, and registration deadline.
  • All applicants (including GENIUS Certificate holders from affiliated fairs) MUST submit an online application by the deadline.
  • Multiple projects can be submitted using one login name. Each school/organization MUST create only one username to submit multiple projects.
  • The application system will ask for: contact information, fair affiliation (if exists), abstract, project paper upload (research paper or art work), media link, and the payment of non-refundable project application fee.  
  • Once the Finalists are announced, you MUST confirm their participation before the registration deadline by completing the registration process for each participant who will attend the GENIUS Olympiad.
  • International applicants must complete the registration and the registration payment as soon as possible in order to receive their invitation letters for visa application.


Benefits, Awards & Scholarships:


Four tiers of awards and gifts will be given according to student’s total score within the discipline:

  • Top Grand Gold Award: To the top one project in each category
  • Gold Medal: To top 10 % of the participants. 
  • Silver Medal: To top 90-70% of the participants. 
  • Bronze Medal: To top 70-50% of the participants. 
  • Honorable Mention: To top 50-20% of the participants. A certificate will be given to all Honorable Mention winners.



GENIUS Supervisor Award: The supervisor which consistently participates in GENIUS Olympiad with multiple HIGH-Quality projects over the years.

GENIUS Most Applicant School Award: The school which submits the most number of projects in this year

GENIUS Most Successful School Award: The school which has the most number of SUCESSFULL (based on awards received) of projects in this year

GENIUS Scholarship Certificate: All eligible GENIUS participants may receive SUNY Oswego University Scholarship, totaling up to $10,000, based on the set criteria on the GENIUS Scholarship Certificate, which will be given gold, silver, and bronze winners.

SUNY Oswego Acceptance: Among those who are interviewed, SUNY Oswego will provide conditional acceptance letters. 



All international and U.S. students studying in grades eight through twelve (or the equivalent).

GSO Sample Papers:


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