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Initiated four years ago, ITMO.STARS is an unconventional admission competition meant for talented and motivated students who would like to study at ITMO University but couldn't earn enough USE points for a tuition-free position.
Twenty-five school students from different regions of Russia came to ITMO University to present their interdisciplinary projects on topics encompassing chemistry, biology, mathematics, and IT. Winners received monetary prizes, invitations to participate in the finals of ITMO.STARS, and paid internships at ITMO's Infochemistry Scientific Center.
Back in the ninth grade, Daniil Kazantsev started working on a new device – a sign language translator that would help deaf people communicate in sign language even with those who do not know it.
This year’s winners told ITMO.NEWS how to get into conferences at Google and Intel while still being in school, win an international robotics competition, release your own game on Steam and make it a top seller, and also how to solve issues relating to the environment, children’s sleep, and expensive prostheses.
Just recently, ITMO University enrolled its third selection of students who were admitted via the ITMO.STARS individual achievements contest. The program offers talented applicants who couldn’t get a tuition-free position and can’t afford to pay for their education an opportunity to study at the university’s expense. This year, 15 students got the opportunity.
In this article, we will share the stories of ITMO University students who were admitted to study at ITMO based on their projects and research.
School Student from St. Petersburg Becomes First Author of Article Published in Leading Chemistry Journal
Following the results of her internship at ITMO’s ChemBio Cluster, Veronika Elkina wrote a review of the multiple fields that promethium can be applied in. The article was published in Frontiers in Chemistry, a top-quartile chemistry journal.
Representing ITMO at the hackathon were four teams, two of which won in their respective tracks and passed into the finals. One of them, Golden PSZh, became the all-round winner of Russia’s first large-scale hackathon on digitalization in the field of tourism. Right now, the students are in discussions on incorporating their system into a potential customer’s operations. More on the students’ training in the Digital Generation club, the tracks and the solutions, as well as their impressions of the event in this article by ITMO.NEWS.
This year, the ITMO.STARS competition for prospective students with unique accomplishments was held by ITMO for the second time in a row. It lets the winners join ITMO even if their Unified State Exam score wouldn’t normally allow them to. The only formal criterion is to pass the minimal Unified State Exam points threshold. This year saw twice as many applications as the previous one. Among the winners are 15 participants from St. Petersburg, Moscow, Chelyabinsk, Pskov, Abakan, and other cities. They told ITMO.NEWS how to land a job at VK in your school years, how to open your own video studio, and why you shouldn't underestimate yourself.
The 2019 admissions campaign at ITMO University has come to an end, and the lists of students admitted into Bachelor’s and Master’s programs have been published. The entrants of this year’s Bachelor’s programs have exhibited traditionally high Unified State Exam scores: according to the Admissions Office, the average score per subject is 92.7 points, which is 2.5 higher than it was last year. A large percentage of 2019’s Master’s entrants are graduates of other Russian universities.