The scientific research work “Investigation of the photoelectrochemical properties of black anodic titania” developed by the student of Engineering High School of Riga Technical University Otomārs Gulbis under the guidance of the researcher of our institute’s Laboratory of Materials for Energy Harvesting and Storage Ainārs Knoks has won bronze medal in Science / Environmental quality category of the GENIUS Olympiad. The bronze medal is also worth $15,000 renewable scholarship of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), USA.

Otomārs admits that his teacher at school introduced him with the theme and recommended Ainārs Knoks as an adviser. Otomārs explains that he started by extensive reading on the topic, which was followed by studying the theme and consulting his adviser. Ainārs Knoks indicates that Otomārs approached the work scrupulously and very diligently, contemplating and exploring many nuances. The student also asked many questions to clarify the parameters and phenomena and systematically came to the laboratory to understand the processes behind his research theme.

Otomārs’ advice to other Student Research Work writers: DO EVERYTHING ON TIME!  

This year, 2,481 projects from 85 countries were submitted, 1,245 projects were accepted (50% acceptance rate) to GENIUS Olympiad. The number of accepted Science projects: 679 out of 1,311 submissions (51% acceptance rate). Four of the awarded projects were from Latvia – all of them in Science category.


GENIUS Olympiad is an international high school project competition about environmental issues. The Olympiad is founded and organized by Terra Science and Education and hosted by the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), USA. GENIUS Olympiad promotes a global understanding of environmental issues and the achievement of sustainability through basic science, arts, creative writing, engineering, design, and business development.

List of the 2020 – 2021 GENIUS Olympiad Awardees: