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List of Top, Prestigious Awards


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  • dsfjlciodsfljkdsfjlciodsfljk Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    Does anyone know anything about iGEM? Where would that probably rank? If you were to start your own team or such and place, would that count as anything "prestigious"? I was just wondering b/c I heard about it somewhere, but I didn't have much info on it. Thoughts on this would be appreciated!
  • MuscleMan001MuscleMan001 Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    Does anyone know where making it to UIL State would rank?
  • avgsopho1223avgsopho1223 Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
    ayyyy igem previous participant here it's so much fun and it's a unique extracurricular, it's international so an award would be a pretty big deal. highly recommend doing it
  • louisgarderlouisgarder Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    10: Congrats

    D1 athlete
    Intel STS Top 10; Siemens Finalist; ISEF Top 3 Grand Prize; Google Science Fair age group winner
    History Day National Winner
    Single/First Author in High Impact Factor Journal
    Special performance/Solo at Carnegie Hall
    International Competitor in a Sport
    Boys Nation President

    9: Almost a ticket to a prestigious school

    Siemens Westinghouse finalists; Google Science Fair Finalist; MOP; Intel STS Finalist; ISEF Best of Category
    NSDA Nationals winner
    Tournament of Champions Winner
    NCFL Nationals Winner
    RSI (Research Science Institute)
    Published in a relatively prestigious journal

    8: Amazing accomplishment; Large boost

    TASP, USAPhO/USNCO/USABO/USACO National Finalist
    Google Science Fair Semifinalist; Siemens Semi-finalists; Intel ISEF 1st-4th place category; Intel STS semifinalist,
    Running your own *successful* business
    USAMO qualification
    AMC 12 Perfect Score, Presidential Scholar, Davidson Fellow
    Writing Portfolio Gold Award, Presidential Scholar of the Arts, Scholastic Art
    FIRST Dean's List winner, top 5 at FIRST World Championships,
    Google Code Jam Round 2, 3 Qualifier (Vast majority of Competitors are College students and professionals)
    Facebook Hacker Cup Round 2, 3 Qualifier (Vast majority of Competitors are College students and professionals)
    MIT PRIMES Participant
    International Public Policy Forum Top 32 team
    All National Band or Orchestra performer
    Boys Nation Participant

    SSP, Simons, CMU SAMS, NIH Research, and MITES and other selective programs
    SUMAC, ROSS, PROMYS, Mathcamp
    Science Olympiad national medals, EUCYS prizes
    State governors schools with acceptance rate <15% (PGSS, NJGSS, most other science governor's schools)
    USACO Platinum Division
    ARML Tiebreaker Round / Top Team, YES Competition (Young Epidemiology Scholarship), USAMTS Gold Medal
    Intel ISEF Finalist, History Day National Level
    Scholastic Art & Writing National Gold Medal. NFL Nationals (speech and debate) "breakers" (elimination rounds), Tournament of Champions (debate) "breakers," Congressional Award Gold Medalist,
    International Public Policy Forum Top 64 team


    USAPhO/USABO semifinals, Science Olympiad Nationals qualification
    USACO Gold Division
    AMC 10 Perfect Score
    Less competitive governor's schools (Acceptance rate between 15% and 25%), any other scholarship summer programs not aforementioned
    Congressional Award Silver Medalist, NFL Nationals/Tournament of Champions Qualifier, FBLA Nationals
    Science Bowl/Ocean Science Bowl/NAQT winners, Technology Student Association Nationals
    FIRST Dean's List finalist
    Top 5 FIRST Super Regionals (FTC)
    Scholastic Art & Writing National Silver Medal
    Academic Decathlon State (CA) Honors Top 3
    (6.5) Google Code Jam Qualifier (Vast majority of Competitors are College students and professionals)
    (6.5) Facebook Hacker Cup Qualifier (Vast majority of Competitors are College students and professionals)

    5: Pretty good; will complement an already strong record

    USNCO semifinals
    National Latin Convention 1st Places Academic Contests,
    All-Eastern/all-regional music, State History Day top 3 place
    Top 5 FIRST State Championship (or Regionals for FRC), JETS TEAMS National Finalist, Skills USA Nationals
    State Science Fair Winner/Top Award
    Academic Decathlon State (AZ/TX/MA/WI), Nationals Top 3 Honors & California Event Golds


    USACO Silver Division
    Science Fair Regional winner
    Science Olympiad state medals (depending on what state you're from)
    Science Bowl national qualification
    Perfect Score (Multiple Years) on National Latin Exam
    Perfect Score (Multiple Years) on National Spanish Exam
    Perfect Score (Multiple Years) on National Fresh Exam
    State awards (all-state music, etc)
    Academic Decathlon State (AZ/TX/MA/WI) Event Golds
    MUN Gavel
    AMC 10/12 school winner (depends on your school)
    Art and Writing Regional Gold award
    Top 5 FIRST Regional (FTC)

    3: Some effort involved, but not uncommon

    Winning at local/regional science fairs
    All-County music,
    Eagle Scout, National Merit Finalist
    Head of a competitive club that you did not found (ex: Mock Trial, Model UN, Science Olympiad)

    2: Your average go-getter

    Bank of America Awards
    Local awards/trophies
    Essay Contests
    Regional History Day

    1 : Common activities

    National Honor Society
    Beta Club
    School Departmental Awards
    School Honor Roll
    Key Club, CSF, Interact Club
    National Merit Commended
    Member of a club with no distinctions earned

    0: A dime in a dozen; meaningless

    Who's Who, National Honor Roll, National Society of High School Scholars
  • mozwo123mozwo123 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    How do multiple awards in same/different level count? If you are a USAMO qualifier as well as a USAPho national finalist and USACO Platinum, does that bump you up to 9?
  • hooverhoohooverhoo Registered User Posts: 110 Junior Member
    Intel ISEF 1st-2nd place category winners should be at the same level as Intel STS Finalist, both receive MIT Lincoln Lab Ceres Connection Honor, with a minor planet named after them. Intel ISEF 3rd-4th place category and Intel STS Semi-Finalist etc are at the same level as they do not receive that honor.

    So far less than 15000 people have received that honor, including Einstein.
  • hooverhoohooverhoo Registered User Posts: 110 Junior Member
    edited May 4
    Published in a relatively prestigious journal should be lower, nowadays it is so easy to publish and many HSs have published, for a publication.
  • HS studentHS student Registered User Posts: 173 Junior Member
    How in the world would a perfect score on the NSE (National Spanish Exam) multiple years only be a 4? Do you know how few people get a perfect score? In level 3 this year, there were 2 people, nationwide (obviously). In level 4, 3 people. In levels 5 and 6, only 1 person in the country had a perfect score, and it's likely that these people have plenty of outside experience.

    I'm guessing this means that a gold award on the NSE wouldn't even be a "4" on this scale.
  • gurt567gurt567 Registered User Posts: 135 Junior Member
    Does anyone know where the BU RISE summer program would rank?
  • washugradwashugrad Registered User Posts: 595 Member
    I didn't read the entire 71 pages of this thread, but looks like the last few pages have summarized what people said earlier... was ABRSM music grading ever mentioned? Just curious where passing level 8 piano might fit on this.
  • carolinaboicarolinaboi Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    one of my best friends got a perfect raw score on an ap exam related to his major; where would that rank on this 1-10 scale?
  • oak2mapleoak2maple Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    Iowa Young Writers Workshop? 5,6, or 7?
  • Katherine_02Katherine_02 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Where would you put elimination rounds at NCFLs (speech and debate)?
  • Euclid314Euclid314 Registered User Posts: 19 Junior Member
    Should MITES be on the same level as TASP, as MITES has a lower acceptance rate? Also, MITES has a better matriculation rate to Harvard, MIT, and Stanford than TASP and only equal to RSI, as like 80+% of MITES are accepted to Harvard, MIT, and 60+% are accepted into Stanford. Not sure about other top schools though.
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