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Thank you for applying to GENIUS Olympiad 2018. GENIUS Olympiad will host around 1200 students and supervisors this year, which is a 15% 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. 

GENIUS 2018 selection process:

We would like to address how we selected 729 projects out of 1,657 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 44% of the submitted projects as a finalist.

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. 

GENIUS 2018 Facts:

  • 1,657 projects were submitted, 729 projects were accepted (44% acceptance rate)
  • There is a 17% increase in project applications compared to 2017: 1,657 projects vs 1409 project
  • 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)




  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. For each individual who is listed as a participant (again, this includes supervisors), you must pay a registration fee of $125 in order to complete your registration. We must receive your payment before May 1st, 2018 in order to reserve a room for you.
  4. 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. You MUST make the registration payment in order to receive visa letter. 
  5. Fill out the travel information when you have purchased your tickets.  The deadline for this information is June 8th, 2018.
  6. NEW!! If you choose to attend one of the Boston/NYC/DC trips, we have a new service: One-way bus services from JFK airport (NY) to Oswego for $75. The busses will leave JFK between noon and 7pm on June 11th, at a designated terminal. You must be registered and paid for this pick up service since seats are limited.  This service is only for those who will attend the GENIUS trips with us, since we will drop them at JFK at the end of the trips. 

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