Welcome Judges!

PLEASE - update yourself with the Judge Guide. It has valuable judging information for you, and it is to your benefit that you become familiar with the updated judge process PRIOR to the competition.   

Thank you so much! - Lise Weegman/Director - State Science & Engineering Fair/North Central Regional JSHS

Do you have questions about Judging - whether it's papers or projects, high school or middle school, or judging in general? 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.

What would you like to judge: high school papers Sat, middle school papers on Sun.,  HS/MS projects, on Monday, or all three 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 let Paul, judge coordinator, know that you are judging awards particular to your company, so Paul is able to write in a separate sheet what company you are from.


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