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Hello. I was just wondering, how important is the Intel Science Talent Search in terms of admittance to Harvard?
Also, I was recently deferred Harvard EA. I have sci oly state medals, sci fair medals, several scholarship awards, math awards, violin awards, varsity debate, tennis, program foundings, six research experiences/three projects (one entered in Intel), research institute stuff, lots of international travel stuff, and various forms of community service.
Between now and mid-march, I basically know that I will do the following:
Qualify for Intel ISEF, win several regional/invitational sci oly medals and qualify for sci oly states, win a few other scholarship competitions (maybe advance to finalist standing in a few, like the coca-cola), and keep up with the community service stuff.
Will notifying the admissions committee of this stuff be enough to get me a leg up in terms of notice? Should I get extra recommendation letters as well? I can get two really good ones from a Sanskrit professor at the Univ of Mich and from a polymer chemist from Exatec Corporation. Would such efforts help or exasperate the Committee even more?
I'm not paying any attention to the Intel STS, assuming I won't semifinalize. Would not semifinalizing hurt my chances of admission even more...and truly, what are the statistics for deferral admits?? So much variance in posts.