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 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair
Los Angeles, CA
May 11-16, 2014

New Mexico Tech
City of Socorro
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New Mexico Science

and Engineering Fair

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Guidelines for Judges

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Duties of Category Chairs

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Important Points for All Judges

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Judges Registration Form

Thank you for volunteering your time to serve as a judge.

Online registration is NOT available this year (2014) as planned.

NM Science & Engineering Fair still needs judges. If you have a bachelor's degree, advanced degree or at least five years of experience in your professional field...we need you. Click on the Judge's registration form link above. Print the pdf and send us the completed Judge's Registration Form.

IMPORTANT NOTES (Updated 11/13/13)

  • 2014-NO team project categories. Teams will compete in regular categories.

  • Early registration for judges will be held on Friday, April 4 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Joseph A. Fidel Student Center foyer located directly West of the Exhibit Hall (Gym). Judges may pick up their packets at that time but will not be allowed to enter the Exhibit Hall.

  • Registration for all judges will be held in the Joseph A. Fidel Student Center foyer, located directly West of the Exhibit Hall (Gym).

  • All judges who interview a student must initial on the form provided, on the table, at each project.  This is only to insure that each project has been interviewed by the required amount of judges. 

  • The Chairpersons meeting for Grand Awards will be held at 12:50 p.m. after category results have been submitted.

  • Lunches for Chairperson will be provided in the hallway between Cramer 101 and 120.

  • Junior Division Chairpersons Meeting-Cramer 101

  • Senior Division Chairpersons Meeting-Cramer 120


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TENTATIVE JUDGING SCHEDULE: 

Friday, April 5

4:00-8:00 p.m.

 

Early Registration for All Judges -Judges will not be permitted to enter the Exhibit Hall on Friday.

Joseph A. Fidel Student Center Foyer

       

Saturday, April 6

7:15 - 7:45 a.m.

 

Registration for Category Judges - Pick up assignment Packets

Joseph A. Fidel Student Center Foyer

7:15 a.m. - 12:00 noon

  Registration for Special Awards Judges

Joseph A. Fidel Student Center Foyer

8:00 - 8:15 a.m.

  Initial Briefings, Category Judges Caucus Rooms
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.  

Initial Judging of Exhibits, All Judges.  No exhibitors present

Exhibit Hall, Gymnasium
10:00 - 10:30 a.m.   First Caucus, Category Judges Caucus Rooms
10:30 - 12:00 noon   Interviewing the Exhibitors, All Judges Exhibit Hall, Gymnasium
12:00 noon   Second Caucus, Regular Judges Caucus Rooms

PLEASE DO NOT BREAK FOR LUNCH UNTIL THE SECOND CAUCUS IS COMPLETED

11:00 - 2:00 p.m.   Luncheon - Tickets in Registration Packets

Joseph A. Fidel Student Center Ballroom, Third Floor

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.  

Judging of Exhibits, All Judges.
No exhibitors present

Exhibit Hall, Gymnasium
12:50 p.m.   Category Judge Chairpersons Caucus - Chairperson Lunch provided in Cramer Hall.  
         Junior Division Caucus Cramer Hall 120
         Senior Division Caucus Cramer Hall 101
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.   Special Award and Grand Award Judging.  Exhibitors Present Exhibit Hall, Gymnasium
3:30 p.m.   Dismissal of All Exhibitors  
6:00 p.m.   Junior Division Awards Assembly Macey Center, Auditorium
7:30 p.m.   Senior Division Awards Assembly Macey Center, Auditorium

GUIDELINES FOR JUDGES

Judging involves four processes: registration, review of projects, finalists' interviews and selection of award winners.  All judges must register at the Joseph Fidel Student Center either on Friday evening between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. or on Saturday morning between 7:15 and 7:45 a.m.  Special Award judges may register until noon.

It is important that judges thoroughly understand their duties and obligations.  The following information can help help you prepare for the 62nd New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair (NMSEF).  Please read it carefully and contact our office if you have any questions.  We look forward to working with you in the interest of encouraging young people and promoting the study of science and engineering in the schools of New Mexico. 

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THE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR IS...

A competition in which students can exhibit, demonstrate and discuss their projects with members of the scientific community and the public. It serves three major purposes: it stimulates an active interest in science and engineering; it provides an educational experience to students through exposure to judges and to the public; and it provides a forum for talented students to receive public recognition for their work.

Science Fairs begin at the local level and can lead to competition at the international level.  An estimated 1.5 million students participate each year throughout the United States and in more than 40 countries worldwide.

New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair (NMSEF) is a non-profit program hosted by New Mexico Tech, an equal opportunity institution.  NMSEF is a member of the New Mexico Activities Association.  Financial support for the State Science Fair comes from New Mexico Tech, the State of New Mexico, registration fees, donations from a number of foundations, and corporate and individual donors.

The personnel of the New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair are:

  • Fair Director is responsible for organizing and overseeing all aspects of the Science Fair as well as recruiting and assigning regular and special award judges and organizing the judging committees. 

  • Fair Coordinator is responsible for the student exhibitor aspect of the fair as well as providing assistance to the Fair Director.  Contact Information: (575) 835-5678, sciencefair@admin.nmt.edu.

  • Committee Chairpersons are responsible for overseeing their judging committees.  A committee is the group of judges responsible for judging exhibits in one category of one division (e.g., Senior Botany).  The Committee is responsible for regular category awards and possibly any special awards which fall into that category.

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CLASSIFICATION OF EXHIBITS

There are two divisions of exhibitors: Junior (grades 6 through 9) and Senior (grades 9 through 12).  The divisions are further subdivided into categories: 

Behavioral and Social Sciences
Botany (Plant Sciences)
Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemistry
Computer Science
Earth & Planetary Sciences
Energy & Transportation 
Engineering
Environmental Sciences
Mathematical Sciences
Medicine and Health Sciences
Microbiology
Physics & Astronomy
Zoology (Animal Sciences)

JUDGES

There are two different categories of judges at the New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair:  Category Awards judges and Special Awards judges.  Each use different methods of evaluation and therefore require separate guidelines.

Category awards judges interview the finalists in each of the disciplines to determine the winners for these awards.  Category awards include the place winners and honorable mention exhibits in each of the above categories, as well as the overall grand award winners.  The top four exhibits in the Senior Division are chosen to represent New Mexico at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Special awards are sponsored by governmental agencies, the Armed Forces, professional societies, and industrial organizations, and are based upon criteria established by the sponsor.  Judges for special awards may also serve as category award judges.

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IMPORTANT POINTS FOR ALL JUDGES

  1. Judges should keep in mind that NMSEF is not only a competition, but an educational and motivating experience for students.  The high point of the Science Fair experience for the majority of students is their interviews with the judges.  Please be positive and gentle with suggestions of improvements.  Give encouragement and constructive criticism for the work accomplished.  Remember the age and delicate self-esteem of the students with whom you are working.

  2. Judges may not ask student exhibitors for their name, their school name, or where they're from.  All Student Exhibitors should only be referred to by Exhibit Number.

  3. Students may have worked on a research project for more than one year.  However, for the purpose of judging, only research conducted within the current year is to be evaluated.  Although previous work is important, it should not be considered as part of this year's project.

  4. Examine the quality of the finalist's work, and how well the finalist understands his or her project and area of study.  The physical display is secondary to the student's knowledge of the subject.  As mentioned earlier, if the project is a multi-year effort, the Student Exhibitor is required to have a Continuation Form (Intel ISEF Form 7) visible at the project.  Please be aware of the fact that the only work being judged should be that completed in the year prior to this Science Fair (2011). 

  5. When research is conducted in an industrial or institutional setting, the student is required to have documentation (Intel ISEF Form 1C), that provides a forum for the mentor or supervisor to discuss the project. Judges should review this information in detail when evaluating research.

  6. Look for evidence of laboratory, field or theoretical work, not just library research or gadgeteering.

  7. Compare projects only with those in the same competition and not with projects seen elsewhere under other circumstances.

  8. As a general rule, judges represent professional authority to finalists.  For this reason, judges should use an encouraging tone when asking questions, offering suggestions or giving constructive criticism.  Judges should not criticize, treat lightly, or display boredom toward projects they personally consider unimportant.  Always give credit to the finalist for completing a challenging task and/or for their success in previous competitions.

  9. Keep in mind that projects are middle-high and high-school level, not Ph.D. or professional levels.  Sometimes judges tend to go to extremes, giving students either far more credit than they deserve or not enough because it is not in the Nobel Prize category.

  10. Please be discreet when discussing winners or making critical comments about judging, as students or adult escorts might overhear them.  All results  are confidential until announced at the awards ceremonies.

  11. Harassment refers to behavior that is personally offensive, impairs morale, or interferes with the ability of exhibitors to perform well.  Any harassment of a Student Exhibitor will not be tolerated.  This policy refers to harassment due to age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, physical or mental disability.  Harassment includes unsolicited remarks, gestures, or physical contact.  Sexual harassment includes sexual advances, request for sexual favors, and other conduct which is sexual and offensive.  We ask that you be aware of any conduct that might be interpreted as inappropriate.

  12. Please keep in mind that the only people allowed in the Exhibit Hall during judging will be judges.  If you bring any additional guests, please remind them that they will not be allowed in the Exhibit Halls except during Public Viewing.

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JUDGING PROCEDURES-CATEGORY AWARDS

Category awards are based on the recognition of excellence in the conception and realization of a science or engineering project.  Senior division awards recognize student capabilities leading to careers in science or engineering, and they may include college scholarships.  Junior division awards encourage the student to make further efforts in the study of science and engineering.

A list of all of the exhibits is provided in the judge's packet.  Exhibits are grouped by division and category.  Student exhibitors select the category in which they wish their exhibit to be judged.  Only under very exceptional circumstances do NMSEF officials move an exhibit from one category to another.

The judging is based on a two-step evaluation process.  Initially, the exhibits are judged in the absence of the exhibitors.  After the committees caucus, interviews are conducted, followed by final evaluations by committees.

Initial Briefing

Judging Assignments and Caucus Rooms are listed in judging packets.  Judges must report to their assigned caucus room for initial briefing by the committee chairperson before going to the Exhibit Hall.

Initial Rating of Exhibits

The following evaluation criteria are used for judging at the Intel ISEF. As shown below, science and engineering have different criteria, each with five sections as well as suggested scoring for each section. Each section includes key items to consider for evaluation both before and after the interview.  Students are encouraged to design their posters in a clear and informative manner to allow pre-interview evaluation and to enable the interview to become an in-depth discussion. Judges should examine the student notebook and, if present, any special forms such as Form 1C (Regulated Research Institution/Industrial Setting) and Form 7 (Continuation of Projects). Considerable emphasis is placed on two areas: Creativity and Presentation, especially theInterview section, and are discussed in more detail below.

At each of their assigned exhibits judges rate the exhibit on the basis of the five criteria described below.  Scores are recorded on the Judging Forms provided.  Ratings should be done individually and judges should initially judge all the exhibits assigned to them.  All of this ensures that initially each exhibit will receive three independent evaluations.  After the initial rating of exhibits, if judges have time, they are urged to survey the other exhibits in their category so that they can enter into later committee discussions regarding projects in the category.

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2014 INTEL ISEF JUDGING CRITERIA

https://student.societyforscience.org/judging-criteria-intel-isef

New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair uses the same evaluation criteria used for judging at the Intel ISEF.  As shown below, both criteria have five sections as well as suggested scoring for each section. Each section includes key items to consider for evaluation both before and after the interview. Students are encouraged to design their posters in a clear and informative manner to allow pre‐interview evaluation and to enable the interview to become an in‐ depth discussion. Judges should examine the student notebook and, if present, any special forms such as Form 1C (Regulated Research Institution/Industrial Setting) and Form 2 (Qualified Scientist). Considerable emphasis is placed on two areas: Creativity and Presentation, especially the Interview section, and are discussed in more detail below.
 
Creativity:  A creative project demonstrates imagination and inventiveness. Such projects often offer different perspectives that open up new possibilities or new alternatives. Judges should place emphasis on research outcomes in evaluating creativity.  
 
Presentation/Interview: The interview provides the opportunity to interact with the finalists and evaluate their understanding of the project’s basic science, interpretation and limitations of the results and conclusions.   

  • If the project was done at a research or industrial facility, the judge should determine the degree of independence of the finalist in conducting the project, which is documented on Form 1C and Form 2.  

  • If the project was completed at home or in a school laboratory, the judge should determine if the finalist received any mentoring or professional guidance.  

  • If the project is a multi-year effort, the interview should focus ONLY on the current year’s work.  Judges should review the project’s abstract and Form 7 (Intel ISEF Continuation Projects) to clarify what progress was completed this year.  

  • Please note that both team and individual projects are judged together, and projects should be judged only on the basis of their quality.  However, all team members should demonstrate significant contributions to and an understanding of the project.

Judging Criteria for Science Projects

I.  Research Question (10 pts)
      clear and focused purpose
      identifies contribution to field of study
      testable using scientific methods
 
II.  Design and Methodology (15 pts)
      well designed plan and data collection methods
      variables and controls defined, appropriate and complete   
 
III.  Execution:   Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation (20 pts)
      systematic data collection and analysis
      reproducibility of results
      appropriate application of mathematical and statistical methods
      sufficient data collected to support interpretation and  conclusions
   
IV.  Creativity (20 pts)
      project demonstrates significant creativity in one or more of the above criteria

V.   Presentation (35 pts)

a. Poster 10 pts)
    logical organization of material
    clarity of graphics and legends
    supporting documentation displayed

b. Interview (25 pts)
    clear, concise, thoughtful responses to questions
    understanding of basic science relevant to project
    understanding interpretation and limitations of results and conclusions
 _ degree of independence in conducting project
    recognition of potential impact in science, society and/or economics
    quality of ideas for further research
    for team projects, contributions to and understanding of project by all members

Judging Criteria for Engineering Projects

I. Research Problem (10 pts)
    description of a practical need or problem to be solved
    definition of criteria for proposed solution
    explanation of constraints

II. Design and Methodology (15 pts)
    exploration of alternatives to answer need or problem
    identification of a solution
    development of a prototype/model

III. Execution: Construction and Testing (20 pts)
    prototype demonstrates intended design
    prototype has been tested in multiple conditions/trials
    prototype demonstrates engineering skill and completeness

IV. Creativity (20 pts)
    project demonstrates significant creativity in one or more of the above criteria

V.   Presentation (35 pts)

a. Poster (10 pts)
   logical organization of material
   clarity of graphics and legends
    supporting documentation displayed

b. Interview (25 pts)
    clear, concise, thoughtful responses to questions
    understanding of basic science relevant to project
    understanding interpretation and limitations of results and conclusions
 _ degree of independence in conducting project
    recognition of potential impact in science, society and/or economics
    quality of ideas for further research
    for team projects, contributions to and understanding of project by all members

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Caucuses and Interviewing Exhibitors

First Caucus:  Preliminary Scoring

Judges within each group or category meet in caucus at 10:00 a.m. to discuss the merits of individual exhibits.  At that time, preliminary scoring totals will be available.  These scores are used to determine potentially outstanding exhibits and make interviewing assignments.  Judges should freely discuss both the merits and shortcomings of the exhibits in their category. 

Interviewing the Exhibitors

The exhibitors will be at their exhibits from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon.  Judges will interview the students whose exhibits they judged earlier in the morning.  In addition, top contenders should be interviewed by as many judges as possible.  The committee chairperson may want to make specific interviewing assignments. 

The importance of this portion of the judge's function cannot be overemphasized.  The interview is perhaps the most educational aspect of the Science Fair experience.  The interview provides a means for the judge to evaluate the exhibit more accurately and should also serve to stimulate the student's thinking, to suggest means of improving the work and working habits, to point out errors, and to provide feedback for the student from the judge, who is most likely a specialist in a given field.  Science education within the State can only benefit from this practice, so be encouraging and supportive to the student.

Special care must be taken, especially in the Junior Division, not to intimidate the exhibitors. For many students, the interview is an extremely traumatic experience.  Judges should go out of their way to make the exhibitors feel comfortable. A positive experience with a judge during the interview may encourage the student to pursue further scientific investigation, possibly leading to a career in science or engineering, whereas, an unpleasant, frightening experience may turn the student away from these disciplines indefinitely.  Judges should not criticize, treat lightly, or display boredom toward projects they personally consider unimportant.  Always give credit to the finalist for completing a challenging task and/or for their success in previous competitions.

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Second Caucus:  Determining the Awards

Following the interviews with the exhibitors, a second caucus is held to determine final placing of the exhibitors within each category.  The students' preliminary placing together with their performance during the interview should be taken into consideration for the final evaluation of their exhibits.

The total number of regular awards made in each category must be limited to six.   There will be a first, a second, and a third place award, with up to three honorable mentions.  Once final results have been determined, all judges except the committee chairpersons are free to leave.

Judge's Comment Form

Several Judge's Comments Forms are included in each Judge's Packet.  A comment form must be completed for each exhibit judged.  These forms are based largely on the judging criteria scores which are produced during the morning judging session.  These forms should be filled out at the end of the Second Caucus.

Unless you wish to provide personal guidance subsequent to the science fair, you should not sign the form.  Give the completed forms to your chairperson who will turn them in to Science Fair personnel.  They will be given to the exhibitors following the fair.  The purpose of the forms is to provide a means by which science fair judges can influence the preparation of future exhibits.  These comments should, therefore, be made in a spirit of constructive suggestions and encouragement.


All results are CONFIDENTIAL until announced at the Awards Ceremonies.  Judges may not inform student exhibitors of final decisions made for any award.  Please be discreet when discussing winners or making critical comments as students or adult sponsors might overhear. 


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DUTIES OF THE CATEGORY (Committee) CHAIRPERSON

As a Category (Committee) Chairperson,  you have several additional important responsibilities.  You may or may not be assigned exhibits to judge, depending on judge to project ratio.  Please make sure you read and understand the judging procedures above, in addition, the following information will help you complete your duties as assigned.

Initial Briefing

  • Take a roll call of the members of your judging committee, and reassign the exhibits of any no-show judges. 

  • Review the judging procedures, especially with new judges. 

  • Remind all judges that they are not to break for lunch until after the second caucus.

  • Make sure that all exhibits are judged by three judges.  There will be a small form at all exhibits helping us ensure that all projects are interviewed.  All judges who interview a student must initial on the form provided at each project. 

Each category will be assigned a student helper.  Discuss the judging procedures with the committee's student helper.  The helper will use the Master Tally Sheet located in your packet.  The numbers of exhibits to be judged have been printed on these sheets.  Make sure that they all are correct.  Give the sheets to your helper, and inform him or her of responsibilities with regard to these sheets:

  1. After initial judging, each judge will hand their completed Judging Form to the helper, who will record the judge's number and ratings on the Tally Sheet.  It is important that the helper double check the exhibit number.  The helper will retain the Judging Forms.  As the initial judging for each exhibit is completed, the helper should begin calculation of scores.

  2.  When the initial judging is complete, and before the helper leaves the Exhibit Hall,  check with the helper to be sure that every exhibit has been judged by three judges.  If any exhibit has been overlooked, it may be necessary for you, the chairperson, to judge the exhibit.

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Determining the Category Awards

After you have determined that all of the exhibits in your category have been judged, take the Tally Sheets and the Judging Forms from the helpers and complete or check the calculations of the scores for each exhibit.  This simply involves totaling the three ratings for each category and  adding up the totals.  A perfect score would be 300.  Generally the student helpers can finish the calculations by the time the initial judging is finished.

  • During the first caucus, make sure that the judges understand that they are to interview all of the students whose exhibits they judged earlier in the morning.  It is extremely important that every exhibitor be interviewed by at least three judges.  If the judges interview every exhibitor whose exhibit they judged earlier, each exhibitor will be interviewed by at least three judges.  Also, discuss the top exhibits and encourage your committee members to interview as many of the top exhibitors as possible. 

  • During the second caucus after the interviews, poll the committee for the selection of winners in your category. As a first step, a paper ballot may be taken from each member of your committee, including the chairperson, listing each individual's first, second, and third choice.  The results of the paper ballot may be tabulated on a chalkboard to form a basis for open discussion, leading to the determination of the final awards.

  • Note that the total number of category awards is limited to six.  See the section under Second Caucus: Determining the Awards for details. 

  • During the second caucus, please require your judges to complete Comment Forms for each exhibit they judged.

  • In addition to judging for the regular awards in your category, your committee may be asked to judge one or more special awards.  If so, the criteria for the award(s) will be found in your packet.

  • Bring your final results to the registration desk in the Joseph A. Fidel Student Center as soon as judging is complete.  Also, turn in all Tally Sheets, Judging Forms, Judge's Questionnaires, and Comment Forms at that time. 

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Determining the Overall Winners

At 12:50 p.m., after your category results have been submitted, the four groups of chairpersons, Junior Life Sciences, Junior Physical Sciences, Senior Life Sciences, and Senior Physical Sciences, will caucus for the purpose of determining the overall winners.  Both Junior and Senior Division Chairpersons will meet in Cramer Hall. 

  • Junior Division Chairpersons will meet in Cramer  101

  • Senior Division Chairpersons will meet in Cramer 120. 

Chairpersons should meet with others in their section (i.e. Junior Physical Sciences, Junior Life Sciences, Senior Physical Sciences and Senior Life Sciences).  The fair director and/or the fair coordinator will be available to provide any assistance that may be needed.

Exhibitors will be available at their exhibits from 1:30-3:30 p.m. for final interviewing of all award judging.

Please note that the overall winners of the Senior Division from the State Science Fair, should be the best exhibits in the State and will represent New Mexico at the Intel ISEF as such.  The fact that a student has already won a trip to the Intel ISEF in one of the regional fairs does not exclude him or her from consideration at the state level.  If a regional finalist also wins at state, an alternate from that region will move up at the regional level to become a regional finalist.  We want to be sure that the Intel ISEF finalists who represent the state fair are the best exhibitors in the State.

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JUDGING FOR SPECIAL AWARDS

Guiding Principles - Each year, many professional organizations, representing a wide variety of scientific disciplines, join NMSEF to become Special Awards Sponsors. These governmental, industrial and educational institutions present scholarships, plaques, certificates, subscriptions to professional journals and books to exhibitors. Special Awards judges are recruited by the sponsoring organization to choose the winners of their awards and are given to exhibits based on each individual awards' own criteria. 

Procedures

  • Early registration for all judges will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 5.  Please note:  Judges will not be permitted to enter the Exhibit Hall on Friday.

  • Registration on Saturday will be between 7:15 a.m. and 12:00 noon.   

  • Please keep in mind that the only people allowed in the Exhibit Hall during judging will be judges.  If you bring any additional guests, please remind them that they will not be allowed in the Exhibit Halls except during Public Viewing.

  • Special Judge packets will include a list of all exhibits (Catalog of Exhibits) which lists project by division, category and title, lunch tickets and nametags.  Nametags serve as official identification and are necessary for access to the Exhibit Hall.  

  • Special Awards judges should check all projects because a category does not always clearly indicate the type of project. Example: A project involving an organism's reaction to high acceleration might be found in Medicine & Health Sciences or Earth & Planetary Science.

  • Please see the Important Points for All Judges section of this page for information necessary for all judges.

  • Special Awards Judges may meet in any of the classrooms in the Mineral Science & Engineering Complex (MSEC) at any time during their judging should they need a place to gather that is apart from the exhibit area.  These classrooms are MSEC 101, 103, 105, and 109. 

  • No special judging forms are made available to Special Awards Judges.  They may use whatever system of tabulation and evaluation that they find convenient.  In no case may Special Awards Judges use the small Judging Forms, found at the exhibits, for the purpose of scoring their special awards.  Judging Forms are reserved for category award evaluation only. 

  • Special Awards Judges are not released until their results have been submitted.  Special Awards Judges should report their results to Science Fair personnel in the Registration/Information table located in the Joseph A. Fidel Student Center foyer.  Science Fair personnel reserve the right to assign personnel to determine winners whose results have not been submitted by 4:00 p.m. 

  • All results are CONFIDENTIAL until announced at the Awards Ceremonies.  Judges may not inform student exhibitors of final decisions made for any award.  Please be discreet when discussing winners or making critical comments as students or adult sponsors might overhear. 

  • Student winners, addresses, title of project, category, school will be mailed to the award sponsors following the Fair.

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Judging Forms - No special judging forms are made available to Special Awards Judges.  They may use whatever system of tabulation and evaluation that they find convenient.  In no case may Special Awards Judges use the small Judging Forms, found at the exhibits, for the purpose of scoring their special awards.  Judging Forms are reserved for category award evaluation only.

Results - Immediately after judging is complete, Special Awards Judges should report their results to Science Fair personnel in the Admissions Office located on the Second Floor of the Joseph A. Fidel Student Center.  Special Awards Judges are not released until their results have been submitted.  Science Fair personnel reserve the right to assign personnel to determine winners whose results have not been submitted by 4:00 p.m.

All results are CONFIDENTIAL until announced at the Awards Ceremonies.  Judges may not inform student exhibitors of final decisions made for any award.  Please be discreet when discussing winners or making critical comments as students or adult sponsors might overhear. 

Student winners, addresses, title of project, category, school will be mailed to the award sponsors following the Fair.