Judge's Role

Thank you for showing an interest in judging at the next Science Expo.  This year, we are planning on having an on-site event, so judging will be done in person.

As we are a certified feeder to the international level of competition, we need to state the qualifications for judges. If you have received a four-year college degree or work in an area of science and/or technology, you are eligible to judge.. This year’s Expo will include an Open Competition and a Challenge Competition.  In the Open Competition, the students present their independent research efforts through poster presentations and interviews.  In the Challenge Competition, student teams compete against each other in designed challenges.

Duties, Procedures and Timing

When judging research projects in person, you would probably spend approximately 15-20 minutes viewing each presentation as displayed on the poster board, and discussing the research involved with the student(s) present. You will tabulate the score earned by the student(s) using an evaluation sheet which will be provided to you and explained before the judging starts. Try to evaluate honestly.

Registration for Judges

We appreciate your interest in judging in the coming fair.

The registration process has changed from past years.  This year, we will be using STEM Wizard software for registration, category preferences, project assignment, and scoring. 

As you proceed through the registration process, there is a choice of whether you want to be a category judge.  PLEASE select “Yes” to this question. DO NOT select “No”.   If you select NO, you will not be given the option to choose preferred categories or to rate your expertise.  For all of the project categories, you will be asked to rate your expertise on a scale of 1 to 5. At the bottom of that page, you can choose up to three preferred categories.  

We understand this is more information than you’ve provided in the past, but that is how the software was developed. The advantage of the new system is that the information remains in the system.  You do not need to re-enter the info every year, but you can edit if there are any changes. 

You will also be asked if you want to be a Category Lead Judge. You can choose either “Yes” or “No” because we will not be using this feature this year.  If it were being used, a Category Lead Judge could  be the leader of a group of judges in the same category who would caucus on their judged projects to determine the winner of a category.

During registration, you will also be asked to agree to an Ethics Statement, which is a step required by ISEF. 

For the registration process, you will leave this site and be taken to STEMWizard.com. Click HERE to start registration.

If you have additional questions before you register, then click HERE to be able to contact the Judge Committee. 

Sample Judge Scoring Forms may be viewed by clicking on the following link. Sample Score Sheet


We expect the 2022 Expo to be on site this year, with the following dates and times.


The 2022 Expo is planned for Thur, Mar 17, 2022, with a snow date of Friday, March 18.

The schedule for the day is expected to be as follows:

8:00 – 9:00     Student arrival/registration/setup and Project Pre-inspection by SRC
8:oo – 8:30     Judge arrival/registration
8:30 – 9:00     Judge Orientation (in Auditorium)
9:00 – 12:00   Judging of Projects
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch (Group A)
12:30 – 1:00   Lunch (Group B)
1:00 – 1:30     Student Exchange Time
1:30 – 2:30     Welcome Address and Keynote Speaker
2:30 – 3:00     Awards Ceremony
3:00 – 3:30     Remove exhibits and clean up

Projects must be removed from the exhibit halls during this time. The Exposition is not responsible for projects left after this time.