Welcome Judges!  Click on link  2016 Judge Schedules     Have a great time talking with the students  :)

*** For those Special Awards Judges only, if you are interested in using the Special awards uninterrrupted time only, with students and not staying for meals,  - all projects will be on the floor at the same time from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Come prepared. In order to be more effective in your judge role, you must update yourself with the Judge Guide PRIOR to the program competitions.  It has valuable judging information specifically for you and it is to your benefit that you become familiar with the updated judge process.   

Thank you so much!

Lise Weegman/Director - State Science & Engineering Fair/North Central Regional JSHS

Questions about Judging? - Please contact Paul at judge@mnmas.org

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!


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.

 2016 Categories:

  1.   Animal Sciences (ANIM)

  2. Behavioral and Social Sciences (BEHA)

  3. Biochemistry (BCHM)

  4. Biomedical and Health Sciences (BMED)

  5. Biomedical Engineering (ENBM)

  6. Cellular and Molecular Biology (CELL)

  7. Chemistry (CHEM)

  8. Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CBIO)

  9. Earth and Environmental Sciences (EAEV)

  10. Embedded Systems (EBED)

  11. Energy: Chemical (EGCH)

  12. Energy: Physical (EGPH)

  13. Engineering Mechanics (ENMC)

  14. Environmental Engineering (ENEV)

  15. Materials Science (MATS)

  16. Mathematics (MATH)

  17. Microbiology (MCRO)

  18. Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

  19. Plant Sciences (PLNT)

  20. Robotics and Intelligent Machines (ROBO)

  21. Systems Software (SOFT)

  22. Translational Medical Science (TMED) 

What would you like to judge? Choose one or more competitions. 

April 2, 2016 – North Central Regional JSHS High School Papers (grades 9-12)

April 3, 2016 – Middle School Papers Competition (grades 6-8)

April 4, 2016 – Middle School and High School Science Fair Projects (grades 6-12)

Special Awards

If your company is presenting a Special Award and has indicated to you that you will be judging the students, please indicate that on your registration.


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


 When you click the Register Now button you will be taken to the MN Academy of Science Portal Login page.  

Follow the directions on the page to LOGIN to your account or CREATE an account if this is your first time on the page. 
Once you login, you will be taken to your User Profile page. Look on the lower right for the Event Registration section and click the Click Here to Register link.
Choose Science Fair/JSHS on the next page and continue with registration

Register Now