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Thank you for applying to GENIUS Olympiad 2017. GENIUS Olympiad will host around 1020 students and supervisors this year, which is a 23% increase compared to last year.  We plan to include new events and programs to make it a memorable event. 

Our finalist list posted below is the most accurate list, rather than the project status within the application system. Those who appear on the list but do not have Finalist status within the application system should contact us as soon as possible. If your name is on the finalist list, please follow the What is next section on this page.

Make sure to read the following information carefully, before moving to the next step. We should note that our finalist guide has been updated today to reflect recent changes in rules and guidelines. 

2017 selection process:

We would like to address how we selected 570 projects out of 1,234 applicant projects.  Each project was sent to three judges to grade the projects on a scale of 1 to 3 (3 = yes, 2 = maybe, 1 = no). We summed the scores of all three judges and accepted all projects with 7 or more total points.   We also accepted projects submitted directly by affiliated fairs that were authorized in advance to make a selection out of many projects in their regions/countries. In the end, we selected around 48% of the submitted projects.

Please note that it is our policy not to send individual responses to those who are not selected.  We are sorry about this, but our finalists will need a great deal of visa support at this time, and we do not have the staff support to be able to provide feedback on individual projects and their results. Our space and resources are limited and we have to make some cuts on projects. 

Some 2017 Facts:

  • The country that submitted the most projects was Kyrgyzstan: 81 projects out of 1,187 projects
  • The number of projects submitted from United States was 351 (30% of all projects) (this number will increase with affiliated regional fairs)
  • The high school which submitted the most projects is Bishkek Aichurok high School, Kyrgyzstan (32 Projects), Yorktown High School, USA (26 projects), Feza Girls High School, Tanzania (25 projects)
  • The number of countries from which projects were submitted: 69
  • The number of US States from which projects were submitted: 37 
  • The number of Science projects which were accepted: 338 out of 761 submissions (45% Selectivity)
  • The number of Art projects which were accepted: 98 out of 189 submissions (52% selectivity)
  • The number of Creative Writing projects which were accepted:  61 out of 157 submissions (39% selectivity)
  • The number of Robotics projects which were accepted: 31 out of  46 submissions (67% selectivity)
  • The number of Music projects which were accepted: 20 out of 31 submissions (64% selectivity)
  • The number of Business projects which were accepted: 22 out of 39  submissions (56% selectivity)

What is next?


  1. Fill out all participant information (enter each participant’s personal information). Participant refers to the individuals who will come to present IN ADDITION TO supervisors (parent, teacher, or relative). Supervisor information can be different from what was submitted during the application process.
  2. For each individual who is listed as a participant (again, this includes supervisors), you must pay a non-refundable fee of $60 in order to complete your registration. We must receive your payment before May 21st, 2017 in order to reserve a room for you.
  3. Fill out the travel information when you have purchased your tickets.  The deadline for this information is June 8th, 2017.
  4. NEW!! If you choose to attend NYC/DC trip, we have a new service: One way bus services from JFK airport (NY) to Oswego for $60. The bus will leave JFK at 7pm on June 12th, at a designated terminal and will take only for those registered and paid for it. This service is only for those who will attend the NYC/DC trip with us, since we will drop them at JFK at the end of the trip. 

Additional important notes:

  1. We have a new policy this year of limiting each group to one free supervisor for up to 6 students. Additional supervisors/parents must be registered as Guests, which requires an additional $600 to cover their cost of participation.
  2. If you do not see your project status as a finalist in the application system, but you have been announced as a finalist, please contact us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  3. International applicants: Make sure to enter all information for each participant and make the payment for your entire group before requesting a visa letter. Visa letters are sent to the whole group, and you will apply for visas as a group. You will request B1 visas.
  4. NEW!. If you are attending DC/NYC trip with us, we will provide fee based bus service from JFK airport (7 pm on June 12th) to Oswego 

 Click Here to Download The Complete Finalist List

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