GENIUS Olympiad promotes a global understanding of environmental issues and the achievement of sustainability through basic science, arts, creative writing, engineering, design, and business development. GENIUS Olympiad provides challenges and opportunities for secondary school students, to instill in them the skills and knowledge needed to be the citizens, leaders, scientists, artists, writers, engineers, and policy makers of the future—agents who will promote and contribute to greater environmental sustainability throughout their lives. GENIUS is also an abbreviation of Global Environmental Issues and Us.
GENIUS Olympiad focuses on all aspects of global environmental issues with the following goals:
A GENIUS has:
"It is with great pleasure that I send greetings to each of you attending the GENIUS Olympiad. Our future relies on this generation of young students committed to the study of global environmental issues. The multidisciplinary approach of this program enables students to be creative and use ingenuity to solve many of these environmental problems. Your enthusiasm for a collective global consciousness is inspiring and greatly appreciated. I share your commitment and commend your hard work and dedication. Your efforts exemplify the positive contributions that hard-working individuals can make in their communities and you should be proud of your actions by continuing to lead with confidence. Your commitment to the future is indispensable to the growth of our nation. I want to extend my best wishes for a bright future filled with continued success."
"It is my great honor to congratulate each of you on your acceptance into this remarkable international high school competition. Through hard work and determination, you have been selected to be this year’s competitors at the GENIUS Olympiad in areas such as science, art, creative writing, architectural design, and music. I am proud to commend you all for your efforts in attaining a global understanding of environmental issues and achieving sustainability. During your participation in the GENIUS Olympiad, you will come together for a week-long enriching experience, joining other students from around the globe. I encourage you to take in as much as you can and enjoy this very special time. Your passion and dedication to learning are truly commendable. You all stand out among your peers. I would also like to recognize and thank the volunteers from Terra Science and Education Foundation for their hard work in organizing this year’s competition. You are inspirations and role models to our youth who have come together to compete. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors."
GENIUS Olympiad is hosted at Rochester Institute of Technology university campus (see the picture and map below for exact location), located in Rochester, New York, USA. Participants will have safe and fun experience at RIT, which is one of the leading universities in design, engineering, arts, and more. For more information about RIT University, please scroll down.
Airport: The nearest major transportation center is Greater Rochester Airport, which is 10 minutes away from the campus. GENIUS Olympiad will have scheduled pick-up/drop services from this airport (please check schedule or finalist guide for further information).
Participants arriving at any location other than Greater Rochester Airport must arrange their own transportation to RIT campus. Those who will attend optional GENIUS trips after the Olympiad can register to be picked at JFK airport in New York City if they are dropped at the same location after the trips (please read finalist guide/trips for further information about this option).
BY CAR, ROCHESTER IS:
90 minutes to Syracuse
80 minutes to Niagara Falls/Buffalo
3 hours to Toronto, Canada
6 hours to New York City (JFK), Boston, or Philadelphia
7 hours to Washington D.C.
For more information about RIT Campus and programs, visit: http://www.RIT.edu
Rochester Institute of Technology: Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
Beyond its main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. And with nearly 19,000 students and more than 135,000 graduates from all 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT is driving progress in industries and communities around the world. RIT is a top 100 national research university. RIT offers 8 doctoral (Ph.D.) programs in astrophysical sciences and technology, color science, computing and information sciences, imaging science, engineering, mathematical modeling, microsystems engineering, and sustainability; 77 master’s programs, including, Master of Architecture (M.Arch.), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Engineering (ME), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Science (MS), and Master of Science for Teachers (MST); and 85 undergraduate degree programs, including Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Bachelor of Science (BS).
Academic programs include Art, Design, Architecture, Business, Communications, Digital Media, Computing and Information Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Game Design and Development, Health Professionals and Health Sciences, Photography, Film, Animation, and all STEM areas, such as Biology, Chemistry, Material Sciences, etc. In addition, RIT has more than 300 student clubs and organizations which provides a vibrant and social campus life, which is also part of the learning experience at RIT.
According to U.S. News & World Report, RIT is:
Ranked 104th in the “National Universities” category
Ranked 56th in the engineering programs (2022)
Ranked 74th in the business programs (2022)
Ranked 54th in the computer science programs, 28th in cybersecurity, and 6th in game design programs (2022)
Ranked among top 15 universities recognized for excellent co-operative learning and internship programs
Ranked 52th among “best value schools”
According to Princeton Review, RIT is: Ranked fourth nationally for “Top Schools for Video Game Design; Undergraduate (2022)”
According to College Factual, the college rankings data provider for USA Today College Guide 2018, RIT is:
Ranked fifth in computer software and application
Ranked seventh in computer and information sciences
Ranked ninth in engineering-related fields
Ranked 10th in management information systems
Ranked 10th in design and applied arts
Ranked 17th in film, video and photographic arts
Ranked 42nd for criminal justice
We would like to thank all participants who provided constructive feedback in order to make our organization better in the years to come. We took the feedback to heart and will make several changes in the coming year. Below are the quantitative and qualitative results of our GENIUS Olympiad surveys.
If you would like to become a GENIUS Olympiad-affiliated fair in order to provide your participants with the opportunity to interact with other students from all over the world, please follow one of the following three categories that your fair falls into. If you are not sure, please contact us at [email protected].
All U.S. ISEF affiliated regional fairs or U.S. regional fairs with 75 or more high school projects are considered GENIUS affiliated. Please create a FAIR account with us at apply.geniusolympiad.org. Provide your fairs main contact email, website, and number of projects at high school level on average. Once you are approved, your account will have documents (student certificate, student guide, fair guide). In addition, you will be allocated number of affilated projects based on your total number of high school projects. Fair accounts are not for project submissions. When a student applies to us and selects your fair, you will receive an email to confirm that the project was selected by your fair to attend GENIUS Olympiad. For project application, you need to create project registration account. These projects must be registered by the deadline (specific for U.S. Regional Fairs and usually around April 15th) and must pay all fees (application and registration) in order to be considered for GENIUS Olympiad. For all rules, deadlines, and application process, please visit the respective pages on this website.
GENIUS Olympiad Nationals are held at individual countries by third parties or governmental organizations under a licensing agreement. GENIUS Olympiad Nationals are the first step to be a finalist at GENIUS Olympiad in the country it is organized. All projects who would like to participate in GENIUS Olympiad must apply to GENIUS Olympiad Nationals in their country. However, if any category of GENIUS Olympiad is not organized in the country or non-citizens of the country are not allowed to participate in, those projects may still apply directly to GENIUS Olympiad. GENIUS Olympiad’s all prior affiliations in the following countries are considered cancelled.
If you would like to organize GENIUS Olympiad Nationals in your country or state as in its current structure and format under our licensing agreement, please fill out this form
If you are from one of these countries, please apply through their websites if the category is organized in your country, otherwise proceed through our website.
All ISEF affiliated international fairs are considered GENIUS affiliated, unless there is a GENIUS Olympiad National is organized in that country. Our current affiliated international fairs are listed below. In order to be affiliated: your fair must host 75 or more projects and must be regional (includes multiple schools). We do not accept school based fairs. Please create a FAIR account with us at apply.geniusolympiad.org. Provide your fairs main contact email, website, and number of projects at high school level on average. Once you are approved, your account will have documents (student certificate, student guide, fair guide). In addition, you will be allocated number of affilated projects based on your total number of high school projects. Fair accounts are not for project submissions. When a student applies to us and selects your fair, you will receive an email to confirm that the project was selected by your fair to attend GENIUS Olympiad. For project application, you need to create project registration account. These projects must be registered by the deadline (General application Deadline, usually around March 1st) and must pay all fees (application and registration) in order to be considered for GENIUS Olympiad. For all rules, deadlines, and application process, please visit the respective pages on this website.
GENIUS Olympiad Organizational Board
Email: [email protected]
Tel: (315) 422 2902
647 Project Applications from 46 Countries
230 Participants Hosted by SUNY Oswego
Science & Art Categories
769 Project Applications from 58 Countries
534 Participants Hosted by SUNY Oswego
Creative Writing & Design Categories Added
1171 Project Applications from 69 Countries
920 Participants Hosted by SUNY Oswego
Business & Music Categories Added
1409 Project Applications from 73 Countries
1057 Participants Hosted by SUNY Oswego
Robotics Category Added
1698 Project Applications from 78 Countries
1512 Participants Hosted by SUNY Oswego
Short Film Category added
Due to Covid-19 GENIUS Olympiad was held virtually with more than 1800 projects and over 1500 participants
Resumes in-person GENIUS Olympiad after Covid-19 pandemic
Rochester Institute of Technology, as a New Host, Welcomes GENIUS Olympiad