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An International Journal of High School and College Scientists  




CPC PREP and College Planning Corp. publish the 'The Aspiring Scientist' and 'The Top Journal' for high school and college student.


'The Aspiring Scientist' and 'The Top Journal'  Annual Conference 


The Top Journal and The Aspiring Scientist (High School and College Young Scientists Journal) – A peer-reviewed science journal - written and edited exclusively by 12-24-year-olds – is being published in October. 

The Journal prides itself on leading the way for young people in STEM, and this year it aims to inspire and nurture these future scientists through lectures, workshops, and more at its  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) and Communication Conference. Aimed at students aged 14-24, the Young Scientists Journal Conference will bring together enthusiasts for science and all related disciplines in order to meet, discuss and share their ideas.


Attendees of the conference will have the opportunity to participate in a diverse range of lectures and workshops. Covering areas such as ‘Methods to Slow the Ripening Rate of Bananas by Preventing Ethylene Production’ and ‘Degrading Factors of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) on the Growth of Snap Beans,’ there will be a variety of inspiring science communicators and professionals attending, including a former science and medical editor.


The conference will provide a platform for several STEM exhibitors, including students who will be given the chance to showcase a poster presentation of their own research project. The presentations will then be filmed and judged, with prizes awarded to the winners.


Thanks to the generous support of the journal’s sponsors, entry into the conference is completely free.


Co-founder and mentor of the Young Scientists Journal, Sam Lee

“I’m so excited about the line-up of distinguished speakers and inspiring workshops we have this year in Chicago. We’re very grateful to the Professor for their sponsorship. I’m looking forward to the buzz of students from many different types of schools mingling with scientists – all coming together to share ideas about science in this year of Top Young Scientists Journal.”


“The journal’s annual conference allows students to be genuinely inspired by industry leaders, and learn how to improve their science and communication skills in a really fun and engaging way. It also provides a unique chance for budding young scientists and engineers to network with likeminded people, and share their own projects and ideas – and hopefully generate new ones. In many ways, the conference distills all that is best about the journal – its student leaders, the sharing of student research, and encouragement of STEM teaching and mentorship – packing it all into one day.”




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□ The first consultation with College Planning Corp. to discuss your college road map and take the CPC Personality Test for Potential College Major.


□ The second consultation with College Planning Corp. to discuss classes best suited for your potential major, create a reading list throughout the year and apply to math competitions and science fairs to bolster your extracurricular activities.


□ The third consultation with College Planning Corp. to start a research project personalized for your potential major through CPC’s research classes. This class involves writing the paper, revising the paper,  publishing the project to our journals The Aspiring Scientist: An International Journal for High School and College ScientistsThe Top Journal: An International Journal for High School and College Scientists and also your own personalized website blog.


□ Join the United in Music Foundation, an organization where musicians can perform in concerts and volunteer to aid the community.


□ Register and attend annual youth leadership conferences offered by local organizations.


□ For students looking to go into the STEM field, attend gatherings that interest you such as robotics and coding competitions, medical meeting, and engineering conferences.


□ For other students, attend gatherings that interest you such as debate tournaments, speech conferences, and other leadership conferences.

□ Visit a college campus with your family. This will give you an idea what the college environment feels like per school and will help you better understand which colleges you will want to attend.


□ Get facts about college costs.


□ Make a list of interests, talents, and favorite activities and match them with occupations to see what potential career fields you want to go into.


□ Research college summer enrichment programs for high school students. If you find a summer program of interest, start the application.






  • Meet with the school counselor to schedule a meeting to talk about college career options and also choose the most-appropriate classes. Continue to build a courteous and respectful relationship with your counselor as they are crucial for advice and recommendations when you apply for college and scholarships. Check with your counselor on your progress when achieving your four-year plan and revise your plan as needed.
  • Your GPA is the single-most-important factor for getting accepted to college. This includes freshman grades. Study hard throughout your freshman year to earn top grades so you can have the highest possible GPA and class rank.
  • Participate in extracurricular activities and if possible, decide which activities you are most passionate about and wish to continue throughout your high school career. Plan to take leadership roles in these activities.




  • Join academic programs and organizations that recognize high-achieving students. See your high school counselor for instruction on membership.



  • Find college summer enrichment programs for high school students. If you find a program of interest, begin the application process by next month






  • Do well on your final exams and these exams are weighted heavily towards your final grades for the semester.



  • Continue participating in extracurricular activities and pursue leadership roles and programs that recognize high-achieving students. Leadership is one of the most valuable student qualifications sought by college admission officers.



  • Register for next year’s sophomore-level courses. Make sure to follow your four-year plan for high school graduation and college preparation. Sign up for the most challenging curriculum you can handle. See your high school/college career counselor for course registration instructions.
  • Build respectful, hard-working relationships with your teachers so they will be glad to write letters of recommendation on your behalf when you apply for college admission and scholarships.
  • Continue to think about college majors of interest. Conduct research on possible careers that spark interest in a specific major.





  • Start thinking about summer activities. Work on a job or internship, provide volunteer service either within the country or out of the country (for out of the country, students must cover any additional fees), take on an advanced credit course, or perform another activity to build your student resume.
  • Continue to study hard to earn top grades. A high GPA is crucial to open college admission doors
  • Continue to build hard-working, respectful relationships with teachers and counselor(s)



  • If organizations and clubs you are involved in hold elections for next year’s leadership positions, become a candidate and run for office.
  • Continue to find opportunities for summer employment, internships, volunteering, academic coursework, etc.



  • Campaign for a leadership position in organizations or clubs you will be involved with next year (become a club president, create and lead a new club, be a student leader in a community organization, etc.)
  • Sign up for summer activities and plan to work hard this summer to impress your employers, supervisors, or class instructors; these are people you may ask for letters of recommendation in the fall of your senior year…but only if you do an excellent job for them this summer.
  • Continue to discuss college options and costs with your parents over the summer. Calculate how much you and your family can afford to pay for college expenses. Keep in mind a small, private university may offer substantial scholarships and cost you less than other schools that offer very litter financial aid.
  • Continue to think about college majors during the coming summer. Conduct research on possible careers that may spark interest in a specific major
  • Update your student resume to include freshman year activities and accomplishments
  • PARENTS – Plan to help your student with the college preparation and admission process over the next three years. Get informed and help with the important decisions ahead.




Academic Competitions to Boost Your Experience



  • Google Science Fair
  • MIT THINK Scholars Program
  • National Science Bowl



  • American Mathematics Competition
  • Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament]
  • Moody’s Mega Math Challenge



  • The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
  • YoungArts’ National Arts Competition
  • Bennington Young Writers Awards
  • Illinois English Teachers Association Composition Competition



  • National Speech and Debate Association
  • World Schools Debating Championships
  • International Public Policy Forum



  • Computer Science Teachers Association
  • American Computer Science League
  • Google Code-In



  • National Robotics Challenge
  • Robocup
  • FIRST: Tech Challenge


       CPC Attending Academic Activity Competition


                                                        Science Competition

Google Science Fair

The Google Science Fair is a worldwide online science competition sponsored by Google, Lego, Virgin Galactic, National Geographic and Scientific American. A good idea can come from anyone, anywhere. If you’re between 13-18, we’d love for you to join us and share your best idea using science, technology, engineering, and math. It doesn’t matter if you use pen and paper or a full-scale lab; it’s all about the idea and the thinking behind it---no matter how big or small.


MIT THINK Scholars Program

THINK is an annual science research and innovation competition for high school students. Rather than requiring students to have completed a research project before applying, THINK instead caters to students who have done extensive research on the background of a potential research project and are looking for additional guidance in the early stages of their project. The program is organized by a group of undergraduates at MIT.

When -

Application Deadline  - Jan. 1,

Finalist Decisions  - Mid-Jan.

Finalists’ Trip to MIT  - Feb.

Expected Completion of Projects - June

Where - Selected finalists are invited to a four-day all-expenses paid trip to MIT’s campus in Cambridge.

Eligibility -

General Requirements

•You must be a full-time high school student attending a public, private, or home school

at the time of your application.

•You must be a U.S. resident during the 2018–2019 school year.

•One submission per applicant

•One or two students per project

Registration deadline -

Application Deadline  - Jan. 1,

Finalist Decisions  - Mid-Jan.

Finalists’ Trip to MIT  - Feb.

Expected Completion of Projects - June

Registration fee - None


National Science Bowl

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl® is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. Middle and high school student teams from diverse backgrounds are comprised of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach. These teams face-off in a fast-paced question-and-answer format, being tested on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math

When - April 25 - April 29, 2019

Where - Washington, DC.

Eligibility - Middle and high school students.

Registration deadline -

Registration fee - $60


                                                                Math Competition

American Mathematics Competitions

The American Mathematics Competitions are the first of a series of competitions in secondary school mathematics that determine the United States team for the International Mathematical Olympiad. The selection process takes place over the course of roughly four stages.

When -

Where - At your host school

Eligibility - High school students

Registration deadline and fees -



Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament

Founded in 1998, the Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament (HMMT) is one of the largest and most prestigious high school competitions in the world. Each tournament draws close to 1000 students from around the globe, including top scorers at national and international olympiads. HMMT is entirely student-organized, by students at Harvard, MIT, and nearby schools, many of whom are HMMT alumni themselves.

When - November 10, 2018 at Harvard ; February 16, at MIT

Where - November 10, 2018 at Harvard ; February 16,  at MIT

Eligibility - High school students.

Registration deadline - Early November.

Registration fee -


Moody's Mega Math Challenge

MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge is a contest for high school juniors and seniors. Through participation, students experience what it’s like to work as a team to tackle a real-world problem under time and resource constraints, akin to those faced by professional mathematicians working in industry. The Challenge awards $100,000.

When - November 2018

Where  - The Challenge is entirely Internet-based.

Eligibility - 11th and 12th graders.

Registration fee - None.

Registration deadline -


Registration OPENS - In mid-to-late November. Check back for a firm date.

Friday, February 22,  4:00 p.m. EST

Registration CLOSES.

Friday-Monday, March 1 to March 4,

Challenge Weekend 

Choose your continuous 14-hour work time during: 8:00 a.m. EST on Friday, March 1 through 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, March 4, 2019.

Parental/Guardian Consent 

A parent or guardian for each student team member should submit consent via login to M3 Challenge site before Challenge weekend.  

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 3:00 p.m. EST

Deadlines for coaches and students to log in and make changes to team record.

Friday, March 8,

Authenticity Certification (for each team) – The teacher-coach must certify, via login, that their team’s submission is authentic and was completed according to the Official Rules and Guidelines.

Thursday-Saturday March 7-16,

Triage judging activities.

Wednesday, March 20,

Teams making it through triage judging into Round 2 are notified.

Thursday-Sunday March 21-24,

Contention judging activities.

Wednesday, March 27,

Top six, semi-finalist, and honorable mention teams are notified.

Monday, April 29,

Confirmation judging with presentations by top six teams, followed by awards ceremony. Location: New York, NY. Details to be announced.




                                                                     Writing Competition


The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards


Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual arts and literary arts organizations across the country to bring the Scholastic Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7–12 apply in 29 categories of art and writing. In 2018, students submitted nearly 350,000 works of art and writing to the Scholastic Awards.

When - Depends on when it is hosted by your Affiliate Partner.

Where - Hosted by your Affiliate Partner.

Eligibility - Teens in grades 7–12

Registration deadline - Depends on when it is hosted by your Affiliate Partner.

Registration fee - Submission fees are $5.00 for each entry submission (not $5.00 per person) and $20 per portfolio submission.




YoungArts’ National Arts Competition


YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12 from across the United States. Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, YoungArts winners receive valuable support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentors, and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions.

When - The 2019 application is now closed. The 2020 application will open in Spring 2019.

Where - Miami, FL

Eligibility - ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12

Registration deadline - The 2019 application is now closed. The 2020 application will open in Spring 2019.

Registration fee - $35 application fee or get a fee waiver



Bennington Young Writers Awards


Bennington College has a unique literary legacy, including nine Pulitzer Prize winners, three U.S. poet laureates, four MacArthur Geniuses, countless New York Times bestsellers, and one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.


In celebration of this legacy, Bennington launched the Young Writers Awards to promote excellence in writing at the high school level. Our goal with this competition is to recognize outstanding writing achievement by high school students.


Each year, students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades are invited to enter in one of the following categories with the following submission:


1.Poetry: A group of three poems



2.Fiction: A short story or one-act play (1,500 words or fewer)



3.Nonfiction: A personal or academic essay (1,500 words or fewer)



A first, second, and third place winner is selected in each category.


When - The competition runs annually from September 1 to November 1. Winning entries are posted by April 15.

Where - Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont

Eligibility - Students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades

Registration deadline -

Registration fee -


                                                                     Debate Competition


National Speech and Debate Association


The National Speech & Debate Tournament returns to Dallas, Texas, the week of June 16-21, 2019. We look forward to hosting you during the largest academic competition in the world!

The National Speech and Debate Association, formerly the National Forensic League, is an interscholastic speech and debate organization serving the middle school, high school, and college students in the United States.

When - June 16-21,

Where - Dallas, Texas

Eligibility - High school students.

Registration deadline - Depends on the qualifying round.

Registration fee - $50 - $75.




World Schools Debating Championships


The World Schools Debating Championships is an annual English-language debating tournament for high school-level teams representing different countries. In recent years, the championships have involved teams from over 50 nations each year.


The World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC) is a truly global competition for high school debaters. The Championships take place each year in a different country, hosted by a national debating body. Past venues include Peru, Qatar, Seoul, Athens, Cape Town, Bangkok, Singapore, Stuttgart, and in 2017 Denpasar, Indonesia.


All debates take place in English. Each country can submit a squad of 3-5 eligible students to debate social, moral and political issues. There are currently between 50 and 60 nations that meet annually.






The IPPF is the first and only competition that gives high school students around the world the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy. This international contest is open to all schools - public and private - for free. High school teams compete for awards and scholarships. The top eight teams earn an all-expenses-paid trip to the IPPF Finals in New York City!

When - April 26-28, 2019

Where - New York City

Eligibility - High school students.

Registration deadline - Various deadlines - October 17 2018 ; October 22 2018 ; November 6 2018

Registration fee - None.


1. B.E.S.T Robotics Design Contest


Description: In this exciting contest, students are given a box of materials and six weeks to design a machine that can complete specific tasks within a given timeframe. The contest aims to excite students about engineering, science, and technology, and inspire them to pursue careers in these fields. During competitions, team robots compete against one another to complete the tasks.


Level: Local, regional, and national competitions available


Grades Eligible: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Registration website available here.



2. Botball Educational Robotics Program


Description: Over a period of about seven weeks, students learn to code and develop complex strategies to use artificial intelligence. This allows them to create an autonomous robot that competes in an annual game challenge against other teams in competitions at various levels across the country.


Level: Regional and national competitions available


Grades Eligible: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Registration available here.


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3. FIRST: Robotics Competition


Description: Teams work together with professional mentors to design, assemble, and test an industrial-sized robot. The robot then competes in a head to head field game against other teams. Teams also market their brands and do community outreach, including fundraising.


Level: Local, regional, and national competitions available


Grades Eligible: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Registration available here.



4. FIRST: Tech Challenge


Description: Teams of up to 15 students are challenged to “design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format.” Teams use a robot kit that is reusable from year to year and work under the guidance of adult coaches and mentors. Teams advance from local qualifying tournaments to state championships and the World Championship Tournament.


Level: Local, regional, and national competitions available


Grades Eligible: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Registration available here.



5. National Robotics Challenge


Description: Students build robots and compete in challenges such as “Robot maze”, “Sumo Robot”, and “Robot Rescue”. Costs are minimized because there is no required materials or kit to purchase, and the contest continues through college and graduate school levels, so competitors can stay involved past high school.


Level: National competition only.


Grades Eligible: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Registration available here.


1. Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA)

Provides opportunities for K-12 teachers and their students to better understand computer science & to more successfully prepare and teach themselves to teach and learn. Parents can enroll and teach computer education to their children as well. Here is the link for their website:

The ACM (Association for computing machinery) is associated with them and are located in New York. You can enroll for ACM high school courses on The ACM education initiative produces and updates curricular recommendations in computer science, computer engineering, information systems, information technology, and software engineering are trusted resources utilized by computing programs the world over.



2. American Computer Science League (ACSL)

Provides computer science and programming contest for pre-college schools around the world. Here is the link for their website:


3. Davidson Fellow Awards

Provides scholarships of $10,000, $25,000 and $50,000 to intelligent students below 18 years. Computer science is one of the categories that you can enroll to get scholarship as well. Here is the link:


4. FIRST LEGO League; FIRST Robotics Competition; FIRST Tech Challenge p

Provides a wide range of opportunities to young people for being leaders and innovators in science and technology. Their mentor based programs help in doing the same. Here is their link:


5. Google Code In

Provides students aged 13 to 17 to take part in the global online contest that introduces teenagers to the world of open source development. Participants also get to work on real software and win prizes. Their link is:


6. Google Code Jam

Calls programmers around the world to participate in their globally recognized contest, wherein you can showcase your skills by solving multiple rounds of algorithmic puzzles. Here is the link:


7. Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Awards intelligent young scientist that can showcase their independent research. It is a huge international platform for earning big awards and monetary benefits. Their link is:




8. International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI)

An international platform that takes place in different places. Last international Olympiad took place in Japan. It encourages and motivates computer science students for their knowledge and skills. It is an open platform for students all over the world. Their link is:


9. MIT THINK (Technology for Humanity Guided by Innovation, Networking &  Knowledge)

A nationwide contest for USA students; they can enroll for the year 2018 to 2019 in October. It is an annual computer science research and innovation competition for high school students. They can win up to $1000. Here is their link:



10. National Robotics Challenge

Based in Ohio, they provide admissions for students from 6th grade onwards with a low-cost fee. Studying computer science engineering and getting awarded by them is beneficial for students. Here is their link:


11. NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Awards

For women in grades 9 to 12.  Women that are interested in computing and technology can enroll with them and get awarded too. They are serving in 50 states and have their locations in 79 places. Here is their link:


12. Robocup

Suitable for intelligent students that would like to take part in long term challenge such as creating robots that plays football. To get more info you can browse through their link:


13. SIGGRAPH International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques

A nonprofit international organization for people that share passion for computer graphics and interactive techniques. They have world’s largest conferences on computer graphics in USA or Canada. Here is their link:



Give computers science students to solve real world engineering challenges in practical and creative ways. They are located in Virginia. Their link is:


15. Technology Student Association High School Competition

Assists in personal development, leadership and career opportunities in science, technology and engineering and math. Students can engage in activities, competitions and related programs. Here is their link:



16. USA Computing Olympiad

Students from the USA can participate and win awards by succeeding in these competitions. Their link is:



The above kids’ coding competitions are available for a wide variety of people who are passionate about computer science and coding. They can benefit by getting awards, knowledge, learning and this also enhances their coding skills.


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