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GENIUS Olympiad Organizational Board

  • Dr.  Fehmi Damkaci, Chair of Department of Chemistry at SUNY Oswego 
  • Dr. Tolga Hayali, Superintendent of SANY Schools
  • Ian Mortimer, Vice President, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Dr.  Rick Beal, Director of International Programs, Terra Science and Education
  • Kaylee May, Director of Operations, Terra Science and Education 
  • Bekir Turkkan, Director of Technology Services, Terra Science and Education 
  • Claire Madigan, Director of K-12 Programs, Terra Science and Education
  • Mary Eileen, Director of Terra Regional ISEF Fairs

 

Affiliations

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 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. 

 NATIONAL FAIRS

 INTERNATIONAL FAIRS

  • Alabama Science and Engineering Fair
  • Alaska Southeast Regional Science Fair
  • Arizona Southern Regional Science and Engineering Fair
  • Arizona State Science and Engineering Fair
  • California Berkeley Boarding
  • California Santa Cruz Science Fair
  • California Santa Clara Valley Science and Engineering Fair
  • California Sacramento Regional Science Fair
  • Colorado Denver Metropolitan Science and Engineering Fair
  • Colorado Long's Peak Science and Engineering Fair
  • Colorado Northeastern Regional Science fair
  • Concept Science and Enginering Fair (CONSEF) 
  • Connecticut State Science Fairs
  • Florida Alachua County Science Fair 
  • Florida North East Regional Science and Engineering Fair
  • Florida Suwannee Valley Regional Science Fair
  • Florida West Panhandle Regional Science and Engineering Fair
  • Florida Brevard Intracoastal Science and Engineering Fair
  • Florida Dr. Nelson Ying Orange County Science Exposition
  • Georgia Science and Engineering Fair
  • Georgia College Regional Science and Engineering Fair
  • Georgia Henry County Schools Science and Engineering Fair
  • Georgia North East Regional Science and Engineering Fair
  • Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair
  • Indiana Central Regional Science and Engineering Fair
  • Indiana East Central Regional fair
  • Indiana Northwestern Science and Engineering Fair
  • Indiana Northern Regional Science and Engineering Fair
  • Iowa Western Science and Engineering Fair
  • Kentucky Science Fair
  • Kentucky, North Area Counties of Kentucky Exposition of Science (NACKES)
  • Louisiana Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair
  • Maryland Anne Arundel County RSEF
  • Maryland Montgomery County Science Fairs
  • Massachusetts Southwestern Rensselaer-BCC Science & Engineering Fair
  • Michigan Flint Regional Science Fairs
  • Michigan SouthEast Regional Science Fairs
  • Minnesota Central Regional Science Fair
  • Minnesota Rochester Regional Fair
  • Minnesota Northeast Regional Science Fair
  • Minnesota Southern Regional Science and Engineering Fair
  • Minnesota Southeast (Wisconsin Western) Science and Engineering Fair
  • Minnesota David F Grether Central Region Science Fair
  • Missouri Mastodon Art and Science Regional Fair,
  • Missouri Southeast Regional Science Fair
  • Missouri Tri-county Regional Science and Engineering Fair
  • Mississippi Region 6 Science and Engineering Fair
  • Montana Billings CRC Science Expo Fair
  • Nebraska Central Science and Engineering Fair
  • New Jersey Mercer Science and Engineering Fair
  • New Mexico Southeastern Regional Science and Engineering Fair
  • New Mexico Southwestern Regional Science and Engineering Fair
  • New York Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair
  • New York Central Western Section (CWS-STANYS) Science Congress
  • New York Westchester/Putnam Science and Engineering Fair
  • North Carolina State Science and Engineering Fair
  • North Carolina Northwest Regional Science and Engineering Fair
  • North Dakota Northwest Regional Science and Engineering Fair
  • Ohio District 12 Regional Science and Engineering Fair
  • Ohio Northwest Science & Engineering Fair
  • Ohio Northeastern Science and Engineering Fair
  • Oklahoma Central Regional Fair
  • Oklahoma North eastern Regional Science and Engineering Fair
  • Oklahoma Bartlesville District Science Fair
  • Oregon Central Western Science and Engineering Fair
  • Pennsylvania Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair
  • Pennsylvania Mercer (MSEC) Science and Engineering Fair
  • Pennsylvania North Regional Science Fair
  • Pennsylvania Reading Berk Science and Engineering Fair
  • South Dakota, South Central Science and Engineering Fair
  • Texas ExxonMobil Science & Engineering Fair (ARASE)
  • Texas, Austin Energy Regional Science Festival
  • Texas Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair 
  • Texas Houston Science and Engineering Fair
  • Texas Big Springs Regional science Fair
  • Texas Dallas Science and Engineering Fair
  • Texas H-SEF
  • Utah Central Science and Engineering Fair
  • Utah Weber Area Science and Engineering Fair
  • University of Utak Science and Engineering Fair
  • Vermont State Science and Mathematics Fair
  • Virginia Blue Ridge Highlands Regional Science Fair
  • Virginia Loudoun County Science and Engineering fair
  • Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair
  • Washington Mid Columbia Regional Science Fair
  • Washington State Science and Engineering Fair
  • Washington Central Sound Science and Engineering Fair
  • West Virginia WLU Regional Science and Engineering Fair
  • Wisconsin Capitol Science and Engineering Fair
  • Wisconsin Badger State Science and Engineering Fair
  • Wyoming Northern Regional Science Fair
  • Azerbaijan INEPO EUROASIA (International Environment Project Olympiad)
  • Bangladesh Regional Science and Engineering fair
  • Belgium MILSET EUROPE
  • Bosnia Sema Energy & Engineering Project Olympiad (BOSEPO)
  • Brazil Exposição Christus de Ciência e Tecnologia (EXCETEC)
  • Brazil Feira Brasileira de Ciencias e Engenharia (FEBRACE)
  • Brazil Amazon Science Fair
  • Brazil IniCien, Colegio Dante Alighieri
  • Brazil, EXPOCETI
  • Brazil, MOCEEST
  • Brazil, MOCINN
  • Brazil, MOSTRATEC
  • Brazil, MCTEA
  • Brazil, SITEC
  • Brazil, Sao Paulo State Science Fair
  • Check Republic Association for Youth, Science and Technology (AMAVET)
  • Chile, Club Ciencias Chile
  • China, Shanghai Science and Technology Innovation Fair 
  • China, Shanghai Science Association for Young Talents
  • China, CASTIC
  • Colombia Science and Engineering Fairs
  • Colombia, Encuentro International De Jovenes Investigadores
  • Costa Rica Ministry of Education, ExpoINGENEIRIA
  • Danish Science Communication
  • Ecuador, Infomatrix Sudamerica
  • Egypt Science Fair
  • Finland Opinkirjo
  • Georgia International Young Investors Olympiad (IYIPO)
  • Germany Braun Design Prize
  • Hong Kong Science Innovation center (HKNGCA)
  • Hong Kong Student Science Project (HKSSPC)
  • Indonesian Science Project Olympiad
  • Indonesia - AYISI Young investigators and scientists
  • India - Indian Science and Engineering Fair
  • Iraq National Project Olympiad
  • Israel Young Scientist and Engineers Contest
  • Italy FAST
  • Jordan National Science Fair
  • Kazakhstan-YIPC (Young investigators Project Competition)
  • Korea Science and Engineering Fair
  • Kuwait MILSET ASIA
  • Latvia, National Contest for Young Scientist
  • Luxemburg, Association Jeunes Scientifiques
  • Lithuania, VILIPO
  • Malaysia, Boarding School Science Innovations Competition
  • Mexico-MILSET (Mouvement International pour le Loisir Scientifique et Technique)
  • Mexico National ExpoSciences
  • Mexico, SOLACYT
  • Mexico, Science Cup
  • Nepal, STEM Foundation Nepal
  • Nigeria, Walt and Whitney International
  • Nigeria - Genius Illumina
  • Peru, Muestra Científica Latinoamericana
  • Poland Explory Science Contest
  • Portugal, Young Scientist Association
  • Russia "Step into the Future" fair in north west region
  • Russia Intel Baltic-SEF RUS 004
  • Romania First STEP
  • Slovakia, The Young Scientists of Slovakia
  • Slovakia AMAVET Science and Engineering Fair
  • Slovenia, Primorski Tehnoloski Park
  • Slovenia - We Believe in the creativity of Youth
  • South Africa, Eskom Expo for Young Scientists
  • South Africa, Imbewu Science Foundation
  • Swiss Youth in Science
  • Thailand, Youth Scientist Competition
  • Tunisia-ATAST TSEF Tunisian Association for the Future of Sciences and Technology
  • Ukraine, Eco-Ukraine Science Fair
  • Ukraine, Minor Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
  • Ukraine, IntelISEF
  • US Virgin Islands The Good Hope Science Fair

Past Events

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.

 

GENIUS 2019 Facts: 

  • 1,698 projects were submitted, 789 projects were accepted (53% acceptance rate)
  • The number of projects submitted from the United States was 403 (27% of submitted projects)
  • The country where the most number of projects were submitted: Kyrgyzstan with 117 projects (Tajikistan 56 projects, South Korea 53 projects, Jordan 52 projects, Indonesia 51 projects)
  • The high school which submitted the most projects are Jubilee Schools, Jordan (45 projects), Yahya Kemal Schools, Macedonia (40 Projects), Yorktown High School, US (31 projects) Bishkek Aichurol School, Kyrgyzstan (51 projects).
  • The number of countries where the projects were submitted: 76 
  • The number of US States where the projects were submitted: 39 
  • The number of accepted Science projects: 420 out of 842 submissions (50% acceptance rate)
  • The number of accepted Art projects: 136 out of 247 submissions (54% acceptance rate)
  • The number of accepted Short Film projects: 36 out of 77 submissions (49% acceptance rate)
  • The number of accepted Creative Writing projects: 68 out of 123 submissions (54% acceptance rate)
  • The number of accepted Robotics projects: 42 out of 69 submissions (60% acceptance rate)
  • The number of accepted Music projects: 27 out of 42 submissions (64% acceptance rate)
  • The number of accepted Business projects: 30 out of 63 submissions (48% acceptance rate)
  • Total number of participants was 1455

 

GENIUS 2018 Facts: 

  • 1,657 projects were submitted, 729 projects were accepted (44% acceptance rate)
  • The number of projects submitted from the United States was 386 (23% of submitted projects)
  • The country where the most number of projects were submitted: Kyrgyzstan with 167 projects (Indonesia 83 projects, Macedonia (64 projects), Kosovo (63 projects), Korea (53 projects)
  • The high school which submitted the most projects are Yahya Kemal School, Macedonia (61 projects), Kharisma Bangsa School, Indonesia  (39 Projects), Jubilee School, Jordan (36 projects), Horizon International School, Viet Nam (31 projects), Yorktown School, NY, USA (30 Projects)
  • The number of countries where the projects were submitted: 70 
  • The number of US States where the projects were submitted: 34 
  • The number of accepted Science projects: 406 out of 897 submissions (45% acceptance rate)
  • The number of accepted Art projects: 109 out of 297 submissions (37% acceptance rate)
  • The number of accepted Short Film projects: 48 out of 107 submissions (45% acceptance rate)
  • The number of accepted Creative Writing projects: 76 out of 188 submissions (41% acceptance rate)
  • The number of accepted Robotics projects: 46 out of 82 submissions (56% acceptance rate)
  • The number of accepted Music projects: 26 out of 39 submissions (66% acceptance rate)
  • The number of accepted Business projects: 18 out of 47 submissions (38% acceptance rate)
  • The number of participants: 1348

 

 TESTIMONIALS

  • US: I love the experience of Genius Olympiad. I feel this event is not a simple science fair. I feel like it is a learning experience and world-class cultural exchange.
  • International: Fulfilling experience. Enjoyed meeting new people and exploring the projects. Such an awesome way to promote the love of science and art for the enhancement of the environment.
  • US: This was an excellent event. It was an honor to be invited to participate and to be involved.
  • International : It was a great experience. I really enjoyed it.
  • US: It was an amazing experience for both my student and myself.
  • International: I really liked the organization of the whole competition. I liked the trips and staying on campus. it was fun and the environment was great!
  • US: Awesome!  I loved the performances by the students and enjoyed seeing and experiencing the different cultures during the international fair.
  • International: The whole experience was wonderful! All the students, supervisors, and directors were very kind and helpful. The food was great, and the activities such as Niagara Falls and the Mall during the Olympiad were fun!
  • US: Overall, the conference is very nice and promotes a lot of connection between students of different countries.
  • International: Everything was awesome! Overall, I loved the Genius experience. I met amazing people, learn new things. It couldn't have been any better.
  • US: It was a wonderful event overall. We appreciate all the hard work that was put into this event. We appreciate the opportunity to visit the Niagara Falls. Great event and wonderfully organized. Thank you all.
  • International: I loved Genius Olympiad. It was not just a excellent science fair, but also a great experience!
  • US: Students were having a wonderful time.  International students may have been surprised how much the US people enjoyed seeing them and wanting to get picture with everyone
  • US:: One student has attended both years, and continues to talk about the wonderful time and experience she had.  You do a great job balancing the fair and enjoyment of the participants.
  • International: It was very nice experience to be in such an environment
  • US: The food was delicious. Please, thanks the chefs for me. Because of them not once during the 5 days I was there, did I leave the cafeteria with an empty stomach.
  • US: The food was DELICIOUS. I don't think I've ever tasted eggs yummier than this. Thanks to the chefs
  • International: The meals were planned to meet the different cultures that would be attending.

 

GENIUS 2017 Facts: 

  • 1,409 projects were submitted, 597 projects were accepted (42% acceptance rate)
  • The number of projects submitted from the United States was 373 (26% of submitted projects)
  • The country where the most number of projects were submitted: Kyrgyzstan with 83 projects
  • The high school which submitted the most projects are Bishkek Aichurok School, Kyrgyzstan (32 projects), Yorktown, NY, USA  (26 Projects), Feza Girls  High School, Tanzania (25 projects)
  • The number of countries where the projects were submitted: 73 
  • The number of US States fwhere the projects were submitted: 40 
  • The number of accepted Science projects: 365 out of 801 submissions (46% acceptance rate)
  • The number of accepted Art projects: 103 out of 255 submissions (40% acceptance rate)
  • The number of accepted Creative Writing projects:  52 out of 178 submissions (29% acceptance rate)
  • The number of accepted Robotics projects: 31 out of 56 submissions (55% acceptance rate)
  • The number of accepted Music projects: 22 out of 54 submissions (41% acceptance rate)
  • The number of accepted Business projects: 24 out of 65 submissions (37% acceptance rate)
  • GENIUS hosted 1057 participants. 

GENIUS Olympiad 2016 FACTS:

  • 1,354 projects submitted, 515 projects were accepted (38% selectivity)
  • The number of projects submitted from United States was 294 (22% of all projects)
  • The high school which submitted the most projects are Istanbul Kartal Doga School (20 projects), Istanbul Ulus Jewish School (20 Projects), Colegio Esparanca Internacional, Angola (20 projects)
  • The number of countries from which projects were submitted: 65 
  • The number of US States from which projects were submitted: 32 
  • The number of Science projects which were accepted: 298 out of 729 submissions 
  • The number of Art projects which were accepted: 111 out of 286 submissions 
  • The number of Creative Writing projects which were accepted:  42 out of 159 submissions 
  • The number of Design projects which were accepted: 29 out of 87 submissions 
  • The number of Music projects which were accepted: 16 out of 39 submissions 
  • The number of Business projects which were accepted: 19 out of 53 submissions 
  • GENIUS hosted 986 participants. 

GENIUS Olympiad 2015 FACTS:

  • 1,171 projects submitted, 401 projects were accepted (34% selectivity)
  • The number of projects submitted from United States was 262 (22% of all projects)
  • The high school which submitted the most projects is Istanbul Okyanus High Schools, Turkey (44 Projects)
  • The number of countries from which projects were submitted: 69 (We accepted finalists from 65 countries).
  • The number of US States from which projects were submitted: 34 (We accepted finalists from 33 US states).
  • The number of Science projects which were accepted: 253 out of 625 submissions (40% Selectivity)
  • The number of Art projects which were accepted: 68 out of 298 submissions (23% selectivity)
  • The number of Creative Writing projects which were accepted:  38 out of 125 submissions (30% selectivity)
  • The number of Design projects which were accepted:20 out of 70 submissions (28% selectivity)
  • The number of Music projects which were accepted: 13 out of 22 submissions (59% selectivity)
  • The number of Business projects which were accepted: 9 out of 26  submissions (35% selectivity) 
  • GENIUS hosted 920 participants.

GENIUS Olympiad 2014 FACTS:

  • 842 projects were submitted and 328 projects were accepted (39% selectivity)
  • The high school with the most project submissions was Istanbul Okyanus High Schools, Turkey: 22 Projects.
  • The number of countries from which projects were submitted: 57 (We accepted finalists from 55 countries).
  • The number of US States from which projects were submitted: 36 (We accepted finalists from 33 US states).
  • The number of Science projects which were accepted: 217 out of 502 submissions (43%)
  • The number of Art projects which were accepted: 57 out of 169 submissions (34%)
  • The number of Creative Writing projects which were accepted: 34 out of 111 submissions (31%)
  • The number of Design projects which were accepted: 13 out of 47 submissions (28%)
  • The number of Music projects which were accepted: 7 out of 13 submissions (54%, first year promotion :))

GENIUS Olympiad 2013 FACTS:

  • 769 projects were submitted: 414 science, 215 art, 114 creative writing, 19 design, 2 city
  • 58 countries submitted a project: total 601 international projects
  • 38 states submitted projects: total 168 US national projects
  • 325 projects were accepted: 232 science, 58 art, 26 creative writing, 7 design, 2 city
  • 427 students were accepted: 231 female (54%) and 196 male (46%)
  • 42% overall acceptance rate
  • 385 students and 149 supervisors participated
  • 282 projects were presented: 214 science, 38 art, 26 creative writing, 6 design
  • 193 projects from 53 countries and 89 projects from 30 states were represented 
  • 65 judges volunteered to evaluate the projects

GENIUS Olympiad 2012 FACTS:

  • 663 projects were submitted: 429 science, 134 art, 81 creative writing, 19 design
  • 52 countries submitted a project: total 436 international projects
  • 37 states submitted projects: total 227 US national projects
  • 253 projects were accepted: 185 science, 40 art, 18 creative writing, 10 design
  • 381 students were accepted: 203 female (53%) and 178 male (47%)
  • 35% overall acceptance rate,
  • 293 students and 139 supervisors participated in,
  • 217 projects were presented: 156 science, 36 art, 15 creative writing, 10 design
  • 151 projects from 49 countries and 66 projects from 30 states were represented 
  • 63 judges volunteered to evaluate the projects

GENIUS Olympiad 2011 FACTS:

  • 1066 students applied
  • 647 projects were submitted: 558 science and 89 art
  • 46 countries submitted a project
  • 35 states submitted projects
  • 195 projects were accepted: 165 science and 30 art
  • 30% overall acceptance rate
  • 212 students and 118 supervisor participated, with 23 volunteers
  • 142 projects were presented: 118 science and 24 art
  • 33 countries and 30 states were represented 
  • 47 judge volunteered to evaluate the projects

Statements

 

Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York State

"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."

 

Kristin Gillibrand, U.S. Senator of New York

"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."

 

Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator  of New York

"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." 

 

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