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What are STEM/Music competitions/awards that look good for applying to college?


I was wondering if there are any competitions or things to win awards that look good on a college application. Specifically, STEM or music-related things. I don't really have anything for awards, so I wanted to add some to my application. I am a sophomore, so I have time to get awards. I also plan to apply to top colleges, so I want my application to be the best it can and to have awards that look really good. There might be a lot of competitions, so some guidance on websites or types of competitions would be fine. Pretty much anything STEM/music that could get an award.


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From what I know, just about every STEM field has an associated competition with relevant awards. For math, there are the AMC math contests, which are the first step towards qualifying for the International Math Olympiad (which is almost a ticket to a good college.) USAMTS is another one - very suitable for the pandemic because it's completely online. For biology, there's the USABO, which is the first step for the International Biology Olympiad. For physics, there's the F=ma, which is the first step for the International Physics Olympiad. For computer science, there's the USACO which is split into multiple divisions and is the first step for the International Olympiad in Informatics.

As for music, I personally have the same question because I was originally going to take the ABRSM grade 8 exam for piano, but that got canceled due to the pandemic.

I know this isn't a complete answer, but those are my two cents and let me know if this helps or if you have more questions!

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What STEM do you do? STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. So which one??

I am open to any STEM subject since they all have to do with science and math. I have more experience with engineering, but I prefer technology. I have a little technology experience but I don't know if it's enough to do a competition.