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The Importance of Intel

DayadhvamDayadhvam Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
edited December 2004 in Harvard University
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.

Thanks. : )
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Replies to: The Importance of Intel

  • binarystarbinarystar - Posts: 167 Junior Member
    Just keep them updated. It will only help.
  • sexydesisexydesi Registered User Posts: 1,992 Senior Member
    well a grl from my school got into harvard with a 1100 something sat score but she was semi-finalist for intel..then again i go to the worse school in nyc..
  • Lakers08Lakers08 Registered User Posts: 493 Member
    What are some of your math and violin awards?
  • DayadhvamDayadhvam Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
    I play in a few community orchestras, including one that I founded to play at retirement homes. I have district and state first division ratings for solo & ensemble festivals, concertmaster and director's awards (but those are from my high school), and I teach lessons as well. For math, michigan math prize competition finalist. That just means among top 1000 math students in the state. (Sorry for the over-stating, if it was perceived that way). Ultimately, though, my strength lies in the research/chem stuff I've done. I hope to succeed at the University of Michigan--Ann Arbor. And in fact, perhaps success means just not allowing ambition to drive one up the wall. There's indeed a lifetime for everything...
  • thethoughtprocessthethoughtprocess Registered User Posts: 4,167 Senior Member
    maybe they deffered you because of scores rather than EC achievements, since you have many many many great accomplishments as it is.
  • DayadhvamDayadhvam Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
    Sat: 800v 770m
    Satii: 800, 770, 770
  • DayadhvamDayadhvam Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
    Wow. I just called the admissions office. Turns out I wasn't deferred. They said that they haven't discussed my case yet, didn't know I applied early action. They apparently thought I was a regular decision applicant from the start.
  • DayadhvamDayadhvam Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
    (I assumed I was deferred because on my application status, it said "regular action"--but the admissions officer I talked to said that even for deferred people, it still says EA). Is that true? I am so confused. How could they be so...like that?
  • selia27selia27 Registered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    Regarding Intel STS...I was deferred EA from Yale and I've also done science research stuff (I was a Siemen's semifinalist, and I will definitely go to ISEF). Anyway, I seriously doubt that if you don't become a semifinalist in STS, they will look at your app and think about the fact that you didn't qualify. While becoming a semifinalist will definitely help, I doubt that not becoming one will hurt you. But still, best of luck in becoming one...I've heard it's much harder to become a semifinalist in Intel than it is in Siemen's.
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