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Harvard Undergraduate Science Olympiad

Sunday, January 28, 2018

About Us

The Inaugural Harvard Undergraduate Science Olympiad (HUSO) Invitational Tournament will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018 on the historical campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. Our Division C event will feature 30 teams competing in all 23 events. Competition events will run from approximately 7:00am to 3:00pm with the closing ceremony finishing by 7:00pm.

  1. Our schedule will mirror the 2018 Nationals Schedule
  2. Event Writers/Supervisors will be Science Olympiad alumni here at Harvard College, many of whom have attended Nationals. That being said, coaches do not need to worry about running events or bringing materials.
  3. Each school may register up to 2 teams.


Registration for our 2018 Invitational Tournament is open. Please register using the link below. Teams will be accepted on a rolling basis until we reach capacity. Completion of the registration form does NOT guarantee participation in the tournament. You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of registration, which will let you know whether you have successfully reserved a spot for your team in the tournament or if your team has been placed on the waitlist.

Rules and Regulations


  1. Teams must be registered with their state Science Olympiad organization prior to competing in the HUSO Invitational Tournament.
  2. Teams must conform to the Division C membership rules found here and all competing students must conform to the eligibility rules found here
  3. All students must sign (1) a liability waiver, (2) a health form, (3) a media release form, prior to competing in the HUSO Invitational Tournament. Forms will be provided to coaches after registration is confirmed.

Competition Day

  1. Teams must abide by the Official Code of Ethics and General Rules specified here
  2. The HUSO Invitational Tournament will be scored based on the Official Scoring Guidelines specified here
  3. Unless otherwise stated, the HUSO Invitational Tournament will adhere to all rules stated in the national rule book and national event clarifications posted here. In cases which the printed national rule book specifies different rules or content for different competition levels, the HUSO Invitational Tournament will follow the the rules specified for the regional tournament level
  4. Each team must be accompanied to the HUSO Invitational Tournament by one coach, and one chaperone (two unique adults). Every team will be given access to a homeroom in Harvard Yard where the chaperone must reside for the duration of the tournament


Who can register?

Teams must be registered with their state Science Olympiad organization prior to competing in the HUSO Invitational Tournament, and must conform to the Science Olympiad Division C membership rules found here.

When can I register?

Registration will open in September. For now, sign up for updates using the button up above and we will let you know when a registration date is announced.

Why is the registration fee $150?

Our event is hosted in Harvard Yard which is the center of the oldest part of Harvard University’s campus. We understand that our registration fee is on the high end for invitationals; this is to ensure venue costs don’t inhibit us from properly executing on the other aspects of the invitational.

How big can my team be?

We allow teams of up to 15 high school students, no more than 7 of whom can be seniors. Every team also MUST have at least one dedicated coach AND one additional chaperone.

Get Involved

Sponsor our event

Your (and your company's) generosity makes our invitational run! With over 500 students and their families attending, there will be ample opportunities to engage with a broader audience. Contact us at sciolyharvard@gmail.com for more information.

Volunteer at our event

We are putting out a call for volunteers to help staff our invitational event. Jobs range from registration and administrative to technical scoring and grading of events. If you are interested, please sign up here.