Want to be a Judge or Volunteer?

Support innovation and problem-solving of Minnesota youth by volunteering at the State Science and Engineering Fair.


A total of 450 volunteers:

  • 330 judges with credentials in STEM fields who can offer student projects and papers insights based on experienced perspectives grounded in their industry, including 30 who can judge middle school papers and 50 who can judge high school papers;
  • 120 volunteers passionate about STEM education and creative problem-solving who can offer skills ranging from organization, data entry, registration, photography, chaperoning, time-keeping and other administrative and general tasks.

The projects and explorations of our participants will inspire you.


Judging shift times will be listed as options during your registrtion process for both:

  • North Central Regional Junior Science & Humanities Symposium on March 23rd, 2019 at the University of Northwestern in St.Paul
  • Minnesota State Science & Engineering Fair on March 30-31, 2019 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center
  • General volunteers are needed in shifts ranging from three to eight hours throughout the duration of events.



Judges typically represent university faculty and researchers, industrial engineers and scientists, representatives of private and federal research centers, and medical practitioners or researchers. 

To judge high school projects, judges must have a minimum of 6+ years of experience or a doctoral degree (this includes graduate students in their final year of their program). To judge middle school projects, judges must have 2+ years of experience or a Bachelor's degree (this includes upper division undergraduate students). 

Parents, relatives, teachers of students competing, and K-12 students are not allowed to be volunteers in certain areas based on conflicts of interest.


Upon arrival, orientation and instructions will be provided. Your volunteer shift is part of a culminating event in a three-day weekend. If interested in participating beyond your scheduled shift, please talk to Sara Gomez, saragomez@mnmas.org or Jenny Worden, volunteers@mnmas.org. To learn how MAS can support your extended involvement. This might include observing award ceremonies, additional activities and participation in meal plans.


In the registration process, you will be asked to select your top volunteer and judging slots. Your Volunteer Coordinator will try to get you your top choice, but based on how many people volunteer you might end up working in your second or third choice area.

Content of student projects determine a lot of our variable needs. We try to utilize your experience and credentials to the best of our ability while supporting the needs of our youth.

Some volunteer shifts involve standing and walking, but none involve heavy lifting. No experience is necessary for any of the shifts unless indicated.


If you would like more information about the Minnesota Academy of Science or the State Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF), please visit this page.

For roles and responsibilities of being a general volunteer, click here.

To register for a judging or volunteer opportunity, please click on this link. 

If you are a new user, create an account by using your email address, and create a password and continue. If you are an existing user, simply put in your email address and your name should pop up.

If you have any questions please contact Sara Gomez Program Director email: saragomez@mnmas.org phone: 612-643-0627



 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