Be a Judge

Thank you Photo of three judges judging a science fair projectfor taking the time to consider being a judge at the Central Sound Regional Science & Engineering Fair. As a Judge, you have the opportunity to meet many local high school students who are passionate about your field of study. They are eager to share their own work with experts in each field of science. Judges will meet with a number of students in a chosen field, and will assess the quality of work that the students have developed in their project.

Perhaps even more important than the judging itself, the fair is an opportunity for you to have a memorable impact on the lives of some very talented young people. For some students, you are the first professional they have ever met who does a science or engineering job for a living. Part of your role at the Science Fair is to be an ambassador for your profession. Some students’ perceptions of you could influence their career choices. Finally this is an opportunity for the participants to learn and grow; and your wisdom and motivation are paramount to their success.

Judging FAQs

Q:  Who can be a judge?
A:  Anyone with an B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. in a science field, as well as those with an M.D., D.D.S., or D.V.M. are eligible to judge our science categories. Engineering judges must possess at least a bachelor’s degree in engineering.  High school science and engineering teachers who do not have students participating in the fair are also invited to judge.

Q:  What is expected of CSRSEF judges?
A:  Judges are expected to evaluate student projects, without bias, using the CSRSEF judging guidelines.  Judges are also expected to provide positive feedback to all participants.

Q:  When is the Science Fair?
A:  Saturday March 8, 2014 at Bellevue College.  Judging will take place from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM and includes time for training, lunch, and deliberations.

Q:  Do I have to stay the entire time?
A:  You are free to leave after your team finalizes award winners, however, we encourage judges to stay for lunch and the awards ceremony.

Q:  Is training available for judges?
A:  Yes. Training will be provided the morning of the fair.

Judging Criteria

We encourage you to become familiar with the fair’s Project Categories and the Judging Guidelines & Criteria. On the day of the fair, you will be divided into teams and each team will judge 3-5 projects.  More details and additional training will be provided the day of the fair.


Questions about judging? Contact head judge Kent Short  for more information.