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

The category of Environmental Quality encompasses the study of assessing, analyzing, and providing solutions to the problems of  environmental  pollution—such as air, water, soil, and noise pollution—and their potential effects on the health of all organisms, including humans. The world around us changes all the time.  How is our quality of life affected by the environment?

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

The category of Ecology and Biodiversity encompasses the study of plant and animal populations, plant and animal communities, the network of relations among organisms. How do organisms relate to their environment and food sources, at both large and small scales?

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

The category of Resources and Energy encompasses the study of energy sources, such as mineral, water, wood, coal, oil, gas, nuclear, wind, sun, and soil sources, including efforts to increase their efficiency in producing energy and to reduce the impact of their use on the environment. How do we use these resources?  How can we do it better?

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

The category of Human Ecology encompasses the study of the relationship between humans and their natural, social, and built environments, the effects of environmental changes on human behavior, and the effects of human behavior on the environment. The world of humans is inextricably connected with the environment. How are human interactions changing over time? How are those changes related to the environment?

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

Innovation is defined as creating a new or different tangible products or processes as a result of a novel idea or a method to make our lives better, healthier, and environmentally friendly.

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. 


  • A science project can be prepared and submitted by up to two students.
  • The project description paper detailing are required for complete applications. All projects, including affiliated fair winners, must submit a full project description paper (research paper).
  • The project description paper should include title, student names, school, city and country, abstract, introduction, goal of the project, methods and experiments, results and discussions, conclusion, and references. The project description paper will be uploaded into an online application. Acceptable file formats for the project paper are doc and docx, PDF and RTF, not exceeding 5 MB in file size. The recommended maximum page limit is 15, with acceptable font sizes 11 or 12 for any font type and page margins one inch or more (2.5 cm) from each side.
  • Application: Your file names must be in English characters.

GENIUS SCIENCE | What to expect at the Fair?

  • You are allowed to bring your own poster board/presentation, which should be placed on a 40x60-inch table.  The height of the poster board is not restricted. Shipping information is available in the Finalist Guide.
  • You are allowed to bring models or prototypes as part of your presentation which is HIGHLY recommended.
  • GENIUS will provide foam boards sized 40x60 inches (100x150 cm) with a 60-inch table. Your printed work should fit that size foam board (height vs width orientation does not matter). You are also allowed to bring your trifold poster presentation or get them shipped directly to campus a week, arriving within the week before the olympiad (address is provided in Finalist guide)
  • Students should come to the competition with pre-printed materials to prepare their posters. Pins and tape will be provided by GENIUS Olympiad.
  • Students are allowed to make changes and improve their projects between application and fair presentation.
  • The poster should include at least the following sections: introduction, goal, results and discussion, conclusion, and references.
  •  Some of the tables are equipped with electricity providing 110 V outlet. We do NOT provide 220 V. You may choose these tables if you need electricity. 
  •  Students are advised (not required) to bring multiple copies of their final research paper to distribute to curious viewers.
  • The following items will not be allowed to display: microbial cultures or fungi (live or dead); displays of live animals, preserved vertebrate animals, whether in whole or part (this includes humans); open or concealed flames, matches, or lighters; hazardous chemicals; highly combustible solids, fluids, or gases; sharp items (syringes, needles, knives); controlled substances; and radioactive materials.
  • Proper procedures must be followed in regard to human subjects. When human subjects are used in research (including survey research), they have to be fully informed of any risks and have to give consent to the procedures, in possession of full knowledge of the risks (this is known as informed consent). Informed consent should be obtained for all minors and for adults when more than minimal risk is involved in participating in the project. Minimal risk is defined as the probability of harm or discomfort anticipated in the research.


GENIUS Science Judging Criteria

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






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