Where would top three in the state in UIL competitions fall? Number Sense, math, computer science, etc.?
The challenge is for students who attend schools that don’t really promote competing for any of the prestigious awards. In that case, maybe a student studies on their own and attends the local junior college for more challenge?
Those would qualify as 10s. Post-docs would be ecstatic to get published there.
There is a continuum to publications. The strength of a publications really only matters for students obviously strong enough in research that the application gets sent over to faculty for their opinion. I suspect that the faculty will look at it quickly and ask themselves “Is this something that is way above level for a high school student, and perhaps something that one of my upper level undergraduates or fresh graduate student could have done?”
If you look at the publications of graduate students at these elite colleges, most of them are in very specialized journals. I just reviewed the publications of post-doc who was at Harvard Medical School, and while he does have publications in Science and Nature, he also has publications in journals like Diachronica, Molecular Evolution, and Frontiers in Neural Networks. Math graduate students might get published in journals like the Journal of Combinatorics. In other words, there are plenty of peer-reviewed journals that are not household names that are still considered important enough to impact an admissions decision.
These descriptions (e.g. “almost a ticket to a prestigious school”) assume a strong base-level academic record in addition to the listed achievement or award, and nothing that could be construed as a severe “defect”, right?
isef best of category is no more, I was there, and they said 1st is the new best, they awarded much fewer than they usually do, with most categories only getting one, and only the largest getting two. the original best of category ($5000) prize money is also given to firsts with the rest staying the same. Firsts were also invited to stand in the same place at the end of the ceremony that bests normally do. I think the list should reflect this, with first taking the place of best of category and 2nd through 4th taking where 1st through 4th lies right now.
i wouldn’t agree with the we the students essay contest. Winning one of those 16 spots whether it be grand prize or honorable mention is quite impressive especially since upwards of 6000 people apply yearly. In addition the prompts are very difficult and broad the level of skill shown by the winners is extraordinary. Id say it’s tier 9.