Judges

Judges are needed to evaluate student projects and provide feedback to students on their research and presentation skills. Judges’ scores are used to determine student winners for more than $25,000 worth of awards and scholarships. The top four high school projects go on to compete in the prestigious Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF).

Not only do judges have fun helping out and encouraging students to pursue science and engineering, this is an excellent opportunity for networking and developing evaluation skills. MAS cannot reimburse you for your time, travel, or accommodations, but we will feed you well!

Qualifications

To judge high school projects and paper, we ask that you have 6+ years of experience in your field, or you must have a doctorate in a science, technology, engineering, or math field or an M.D., D.O., D.V.M., Pharm.D., Ph.D., or Ed.D.  This includes graduate students in the final year of their program.

To judge middle school projects and papers, you must have 2+ years of experience in your field. This includes upper-division undergraduate students with 2+ years of undergraduate research experience and advanced coursework, OR a Bachelors degree in a science, technology, engineering, or math field.

Conflicts of Interest

Judges must not be teachers of students in the competition, have children or close relatives competing, or be research mentors to competing students. Judges must disclose any potential conflicts of interest and we will find a judging slot that does not pose a conflict of interest (e.g. if a judge is a high school basketball coach with a student competing, the judge will be assigned to middle school projects).

Judges Guide

For a detailed description of the judging process and overview of the day, please read the Judges Guide (available Fall 2014).

There will be separate judge guides for paper judges versus project judges.

Shifts

Please note that the schedule is flip-flopped from past years and project judging will take place on SATURDAY because Science Fair is happening before JSHS in 2015. 

Friday, 3/20/2015 – Middle School Papers Competition
Saturday, 3/21/2015 – Middle School and High School Science Fair Projects
Monday, 3/23/2015 – North Central Regional JSHS  (high school papers)

Special Awards

If your company is presenting a Special Award and has indicated to you that you will be judging the students, you should sign up as a Special Awards judge. Unless you have been specifically told by your company that you will be doing this, sign up as a Grand Awards judge.

Registration

All judges should register online using the button below. If you have any questions during registration, please contact Eliza Grames at egrames@mnmas.org.

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