Thank you for your interest in judging our Science Fair. Here are a few answers to some commonly asked questions. If you need more specific information, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who is qualified to be a judge?
Judges need to be knowledgeable in STEM disciplines through education or work experience.
How many projects am I expected to judge?
You can expect to judge around 10-15 projects in the morning session.
Am I judging as an individual or as part of a panel of judges?
You will be part of a panel of 4-5 judges who will judge the projects together.
How much time am I expected to commit as a judge?
You are expected to spend 10-15 minutes per project. The total time needed to listen to the oral presentation, caucus with the other members of the panel and rank the projects is about 3 hours.
Is there a list of categories in which students will present their projects?
Yes, there is a set of categories that ISEF has provided to all the Regional Fairs. Our students will present projects in these categories:
How do I know what category I will be judging?
Once you register to be a judge, you can select your top 3 choices of categories you would like to judge. You can also rate yourself on your skill/knowledge in these categories. Based on your preferences, we will do our very best to match you up to those categories for judging.
What kinds/level of projects can I expect to see?
In any given category, the projects range from fairly straightforward home grown science projects to very complex, multi-year, lab research projects, based on the grade and experience level of the students. Irrespective of the complexity of the project, the job of the judge is to understand how well students have applied scientific principles to their projects and their depth of understanding of their subject matter. Since you will be part of a panel of judges, there will be people in the group that have a wide range of experience, which will help your judging process go smoothly.
Will I be given judging criteria or rubrics?
Yes, ISEF has provided a very detailed rubric that you can use as your guide through the judging process. The rubric can be found here. https://student.societyforscience.org/judging-criteria-intel-isef?pid=284