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’s a pleasure to send greetings to everyone gathered for the GENIUS Olympiad, sponsored by SUNY Oswego and the Terra Science and Education Foundation. I commend all affiliated with this ambitious project for your hard work and commitment to creating a better future for our world. I hope you enjoy your stay in New York and that we will see you again soon. With the warmest regards, and best wishes for continued success."
"It is with great pleasure that I send greetings to each of you attending the GENIUS Olympiad hosted by SUNY Oswego. 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 and SUNY Oswego 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 other location 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 among top 20 universities recognized for excellent co-operative learning and internship programs
Ranked 50th among “best value schools”
According to Princeton Review, RIT is: Ranked eighth nationally for “Top Schools for Video Game Design for 2019”
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 latest GENIUS Olympiad survey.
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 contact us at [email protected] In order to be affiliated: your fair must host 100 or more projects, is not in a region of your state or country where we have affiliated fairs, and must be regional (includes multiple schools). If you would like to organize GENIUS Olympiad in your country or state as in its current structure and format, we can partner with for exclusive engagement.
GENIUS Olympiad Organizational Board
Email: [email protected]
Tel: (315) 400 1763
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
Rochester Institute of Technology, as a New Host, Welcomes GENIUS Olympiad