Essay Contest 2016 International Terra

“Lets build a better future together" 

GENIUS Olympiad is an international high school project competition about environmental issues. It is founded and organized by the Terra Science and Education and hosted by the State University of New York at Oswego. GENIUS Olympiad will host projects in five general disciplines with an environmental focus.

 "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful a lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Enjoy our GENIUS 2017 Event Video on our YouTube Channel


GENIUS Olympiad 2018 

  • The application deadline for individuals/schools is March 1st, 2018. We have different deadlines for our affiliated fairs. Please visit our Application > Rules page for details. 
  • Finalists will be announced on March 27, 2018.
  • The date of 2018 Olympiad is June 11-16, 2018 at SUNY Oswego NY. Please check our schedule for details. 
  • GENIUS Olympiad organizes year-round trips within USA, especially college and cultural site visits. Please contact us if your school would like to attend one of our trips, which will be customized your schedule and group.

WHAT IS NEW IN GENIUS Olympiad 2018?

  • GENIUS ROBOTICS master game is updated.
  • THREE new trip options with new itineraries. Check our new trips following GENIUS Olympiad (click). Teachers receive 10% discount for every student/guest.
  • We offer 4-week Summer SAT, ESL, or Art portfolio programs for all students, including non-Genius students. Supervisors will be free for every 10 students: Check the details for each program under programs tab.
  • GENIUS created International Journal of High School Research, a peer-reviewed journal, where you may submit your research to be published.
  • New York State Regents will be offered at Oswego High School or Fulton High School. New York applicants must let the principals of these high schools know as soon as possible for taking Regents in these schools. This must be communicated (between school principals) before the deadline for the test orders by high schools. These applicants must apply before March 15th. 
  • SUNY Oswego will accept college applications and will perform on-site interviews with finalists who are in 11th and 12th grades. 







What do you miss most from home? Was it hard for you to adjust to your new student life in the US? What did you not understand when you first arrived to UD? The Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS), in collaboration with the Division of Student Life, is pleased to announce the third annual international student essay contest, open to all international students at the University of Delaware starting this fall.

OISS has a rich tradition of welcoming international students from all parts of the world and is committed to fostering international understanding and cross-cultural awareness on campus and in the community. The purpose of this contest is to give interested applicants an opportunity to tell their stories and share their experiences of being an international student with the larger University community.

Everyone has a story. Tell us yours for a chance to win $750!

Essay Topic:

Living and studying away from home can be a challenging yet rewarding experience for many international students. Please share your personal stories and experiences about how you dealt with new cultural norms and values during your stay as an international student at UD and in the US. Topic ideas include:

• Were there any moments of confusion or miscommunication that you encountered?

• How did you go about understanding local customs, traditions and communication protocols?

• What did you wish others understood better about you and your culture?


You must be an enrolled international student maintaining F or J visa status at the University of Delaware.

Application Deadline:

Essays must be submitted via this online form by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 27, 2017. Only online submissions will be accepted.


First Prize: $750; Second Prize: $500; Third Prize: $250. Funds for winning essays will be placed into student accounts.

Document requirements:

Maximum of 1000 words; Typed in 12-pt size, Times Roman font; Double spaced; 1-inch margins on all sides; Includes page numbers.

Permission Notice:

By submitting your entry, you agree that your essay might be published by OISS on the web or in a publication.

Contact Information:

Questions? Please contact OISS at (302) 831-2115 or

Entries will be judged on content as well as literary style by a panel of UD faculty & staff.  Please make every attempt to submit an entry free from spelling and grammatical errors, and rich in experiential content. 

Winning essays:

See a list of past awardees of the OISS International Student Essay Contest and read their winning essays here:



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