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Should I list that I've applied to a major national competition if the decisions have not come out yet?
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Hi, I am entering into the Regeneron National Science Talent Search. It is a prestigious national competition that accepts about 20% of their applicants, however, the decisions from the competition board only come after the regular decision deadline for my top schools: UC Berkeley and UCLA. With that being said, does it help to mention this in my activities section?

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No it’s like saying you applied to Stanford and UCLA there’s nothing special about applying it really only counts if you are accepted. But what you can do is list the prep work and other stuff you’ve done or just list it in additional info.

But what you can do is when you (hopefully) get accepted you can email them and essentially provide an update and more or less say

Dear UCLA Admissions,

I just wanted to update y’all that I got accepted into the Regernon Talent Search. I hope you can consider that when you review my application.

Warm Regards,

Adri

Hope this helps and please comment if you need clarification as I’d be happy to help clarify!

PS I presume you’ll get the acceptance/denied thing before you get your acceptance/denied letter from the schools themselves. Not 100% sure though.

I get the decision on January 8. So I should just talk about the research?
Research eh that’s kinda dependent on the rest of your application so it’s a personal choice. But I’d definitely list that you are applying in additional info. I forgot when the UCs release decisions so if you have it before then definitely email the schools you are most interested in
This is a good answer - just wanted to add that if anyone can apply, then it's probably not worth mentioning, but you can if you want in the additional info section, like @DebaterMAX said. I think you should certainly list your research on your application though. If you're applying to the competition, then it must be substantial enough and important enough to you to warrant listing.
For UC App, I just added a short note under the 350 character limit saying "Regeneron Applicant" but used the rest to talk about research and my Science Fair experience...