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Rules

ELIGIBILITY

  • The GENIUS Olympiad is open to all international and U.S. students studying in grades eight through twelve (or the equivalent).
  • All students under 18 years old must attend the GENIUS Olympiad with an adult supervisor (a teacher, a parent, or a guardian). Students who are 18 years old and study in high school may participate without an adult supervisor. Our minimum age requirement for student participants is 12.
  • The same project can NOT be submitted in consecutive years without significant progress or changes.
  • Projects which are submitted to other organizations/fairs can be submitted without changes.
  • A valid application must be submitted (including affiliated fair Genius Certificate winners) using the GENIUS Olympiad application system by the deadline with application fee payment.
  • All students and supervisors have to communicate in English well enough to present their projects. Translators for student presenters are NOT allowed. 

 

FEES

  • The application fee is $40 per project and is non-refundable. The application fee must be paid before the application deadline in order to complete your application. All applicants, including GENIUS Certificate winners, must pay the application fee. Projects without an application fee will not be considered for evaluation.
  • The participation fee is $125 per attendee (including student, supervisor, guests) who will attend the GENIUS Olympiad, and $50 is non-refundable under any circumstances ($75 is refundable until May 15th). The full amount of participation fee must be paid before the registration deadline in order to guarantee your place at the GENIUS Olympiad. All finalists and their supervisors and guests must pay the participation fee. Participation fee covers lodging, meals, and trip to Niagara Falls during the event (see finalist guide for details of these)
  • Guest fee is $650 per guest and does not include participation fee. Guests (additional participants on projects, such extra supervisor, siblings, parents etc) are allowed if space is available. The guest fee is $350 for those who will stay off-campus (in a hotel, they will pay the hotel fee and make the arrangements).  There is a limit on the number of adult supervisors (teacher or parent). In order to maximize the number of projects and student participation, we allow only one adult supervisor (teacher/parent) for every 6 students from the same school/organization. If there are 7-12 finalist students from the same school/organization, then two supervisors are allowed. Additional supervisors/relatives other than allowed ones will be recognized as guests and will be asked to pay the guest fee. Guests fees must be paid during registration. The guest fee is fully refundable until May 22nd and is 50% refundable after that date. The guest fee covers meals, lodging (except those stay in hotel and pays only $350), and a trip to Niagara Falls.
  • Trip 1 Option: DC/NY City or only NY City options. The fee is $600 per attendee. Supervisors will receive 10% discount for every student attending the trip. It is a 3 nights 2 days trips starting at Olympiad after the awards ceremony and the fee includes 3 nights hotel accommodation, three breakfasts, one boxed dinner (the first day traveling), bus (w/wifi) transportation, and one US person as a trip guide.  Trip registration is made within application site when participant registration by selecting the trip option.  The payment will be made during participation registration. The participants will be dropped at JFK Airport ONLY. 
  • Trip 2 Option: Trip 1 Option and IVY University Trip. The fee is $1,050 per attendee. Supervisors will receive 10% discount for every student attending the trip. It is a 6 nights 5 days trips starting at Olympiad after the awards ceremony and the fee includes 6 nights hotel accommodation, six breakfasts, one boxed dinner ( the first day traveling), bus (w/wifi) transportation, guided university trips, and one US person as a travel guide. Trip registration is made within application site when participant registration by selecting the trip option.  The payment will be made during participation registration. The participants will be dropped at Boston Logan Airport ONLY.
  • JFK Airport Pick up fee is $60 (one-way) per attendee and is non-refundable. The JFK airport pick-up drop fee must be paid before the registration deadline in order to guarantee your seat at the bus. The fee is for a service bus to pick you at a specific JFK terminal on the arrival day of the Olympiad and bring you to our site. 
  • Fees will be paid online using a credit card during application and registration within the application site. 
  • May 1, 2018 is the deadline for requesting a full refund for trips. After the deadline, no refunds will be issued.

 

LIMITATIONS ON STUDENTS & PROJECTS

  • Each student may present only one project.  
  • Students may apply to with multiple projects in any discipline to increase their chance of acceptance but will be selected as a finalist for only one project.
  • A maximum of two students may present a science, business or short film project.
  • Only one student may present a creative writing, poster art, photography, satirical illustration, music singer or music solo performance projects.
  • A maximum of three students may present a robotics or music group performance project.
  • There is no limit to how many projects may be submitted from the same school/organization. There is no limit to the number of projects selected as finalists from any one school.
  • All projects from the same school or organization should be submitted under one application login in order to control communication and projects more efficiently. 
  • Only one supervisor (teacher/parent) is allowed up to 6 student participants during registration (or 2 supervisors for up to 12 students etc). If more supervisors (teacher/parents/siblings) would like to attend with the group, they can attend only as guests make the guest fee payment. 

 

GENERAL RULES

  • GENIUS Judging Committee has the right to deny any project without any explanation.
  • Supervisors are not allowed to serve as a judge.
  • Finalists/Applicants who do not submit the required information on time and in the requested format shall be disqualified.
  • In all aspects of the projects, participants must maintain integrity.
  • Participants must avoid any misconduct or fraud, such as falsifying data or records, piracy or plagiarism (presenting another person's work as one’s own).
  • All students are required to adhere to the rules set by the GENIUS Olympiad, and these rules may change without any notification.
  • By attending to GENIUS Olympiad, you and/or your guardian agree to all statements and rules stated on this page, in the finalist guide, and in the media and consent form.

 

DEADLINES

  • The Project Application will start on December 15, 2017. The link will be available on this website, all applications are made online.
  • The Project Application Deadline is March 1, 2018 for all individual/school applications.
  • The Application deadline for Affiliated International Fairs is March 15, 2018.
  • The Application deadline for Affiliated National (U.S. Only) Fairs is April 15, 2018. 
  • Project Finalists will be announced on our website on March 27, 2018. 
  • Participation Registration Deadline is May 1, 2018 to be eligible to participate in. 

 

HOW TO APPLY and REGISTER?

  • Applications and registrations will be made through our online application system, which will be available on the first date of application on our main page.
  • The application is the first step to submit a project.  Registration is the second step, in which you will provide participant and travel information. Both steps are required by the deadlines for all participants.
  • Please check our annual schedule for 2016-2017 for application start date, application deadline, and registration deadline.
  • All applicants (including GENIUS Certificate holders from affiliated fairs) MUST submit an online application by the deadline.
  • Multiple projects can be submitted using one login name. Each school/organization MUST create only one username to submit multiple projects.
  • The application system will ask for: contact information, fair affiliation (if exists), abstract, project paper upload (research paper or art work), media link, and the payment of non-refundable project application fee.  
  • Once the Finalists are announced, you MUST confirm their participation before the registration deadline by completing the registration process for each participant who will attend the GENIUS Olympiad.
  • International applicants must complete the registration and the registration payment as soon as possible in order to receive their invitation letters for visa application.

For specific rules and procedures for project application and preparation for each category, please visit the page for each category.