JUDGE REGISTRATION FORM
ACSEF invites all science and engineering professionals to help make the science fair a stimulating and educational experience for student participants by volunteering as a judge. ACSEF judges apply their professional backgrounds to
- evaluate the originality, skillful execution, and presentation of student science projects,
- interview students, providing encouragement as well as feedback on their projects,
- select and rank the award-winning projects in each ACSEF category, and
- select the top projects moving on to state, national and international competitions.
Place and Time
ACSEF judging overview followed by 2 rounds of judging occurs at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton between 8:30a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2017; judges must be able to attend and participate at that place and for the full time allocated; free parking, breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided along with a parting thank you gift.
All Judges will be contacted via email with transportation directions close to fair day.
Judging Schedule - Saturday March 11, 2017 * Round 1 Judging.
7:30 am- 8:15 am- OPTIONAL *but encouraged* Judges check in at Bldg D . Map of Fairgrounds Receive judging assignment and view student displays without students. Project abstracts will be available at each display for your reference. This is an optional opportunity to form some questions to bring out the best in the students during the interview.
8:15 am - Required - Judges check in at Bldg D, breakfast, receive assignments, overview of judging process by judging coordinator.
9:00 - 12:15 - Round 1 Individual Judging of projects for 1st - 4th and HM + Special Awards.
12:15 - 1:30 - Lunch and Round 1 deliberations for category awards & special awards. Assign super group teams for round 2.
1:45 - 3:15 - Round 2 Judging in Super Groups.
3:15 - 4:00 - Super Group deliberations determining state, national and internantional contenders.
Eligibility (Conflicts of Interest)
All judges will be asked during the overview to sign a conflict of interest statement, in addition to the online registration information.
To promote fairness and avoid conflicts of interest (as well as to follow ISEF best practices), otherwise well-qualified individuals cannot serve as ACSEF judges if they are:
- 6th-12th grade school teachers of fair participants or site administrators of schools with ACSEF participants,
- ACSEF staff or board members (paid or volunteer),
- Parents of or professional mentors of any ACSEF student participant (exception: professional parents of only high-school students can judge middle-school projects and vice versa, since these age levels are judged completely independently; if this applies to you be sure to state your child/student's grade level in the accommodation field of the registration site so we can schedule you appropriately). Example: you are a parent of students grades 6,7 or 8 but not 9-12, you could judge high school projects dependent upon your area of expertise.
- anyone else whose relationship with any science fair participant could pose a conflict of interest, so if in doubt please email us to make sure.
If these restrictions apply to you but you wish to volunteer to help ACSEF in a different role, click here.