Volunteering to Judge

The Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair needs about 300 judges for a successful fair each year. Individuals with experience in the physical sciences and in the life sciences are needed to participate as judges on one or both of the two days indicated below. Judges are needed for regular category judging, special category and special awards judging. If you know of someone who would like to participate as a judge, please refer them to this page. We appreciate your interest in our program and welcome your participation as a judge. Deadline for registration: March 10.

The following brief descriptions may help you decide which of the judging activities you prefer:

Category Awards

Urban School Challenge – Judging Interviews – Monday Fair Week, 11:30am to 6:30pm (3 hour assignments)

  • Preliminary Judging Interviews during Project Setup, Tuesday, Fair Week: 11:30am to 6:30pm (3 hour assignments)
  • Finalist Judging – Thursday, Fair Week: 8:30am to 1:15pm
  • This category is being piloted for urban Alliance District public Schools. (See list of school towns) Life and Physical Sciences judges for finalist judging only. Help us launch this opportunity for city school students!

Preliminary Judging – Tuesday, Fair Week: 8:45am to 2:00pm

  • Students are not present
  • View all of the projects in your assigned category
  • Work jointly with other judges as a team
  • Rank projects into 1st (highest), 2nd and 3rd honors. The judging criteria will be provided
    1st honors projects are the finalists interviewed on Thursday.

Finalist Judging -Wednesday, Fair Week: 8:30am to 1:15pm for student interviews (Judges caucus may run until 2:00pm for Senior Life & Senior Physical Sciences)

  • Students are present at their projects to describe their work
  • View the finalists’ projects in your assigned category
  • Work independently of the other judges to foster a one-on-one exchange with the student
  • Projects are scored numerically. The judging criteria will be provided

Special Awards

Special Awards are broadly categorized as:

  • National
  • Connecticut Organizations
  • Alumni/Friends/Memorial

Judging without Student Present – Tuesday, Fair Week: 8:45am to 2:00pm

  • Students are not present
  • View all of the projects in your assigned category
  • Work jointly with other judges as a team
  • Rank projects into 1st (highest), 2nd and 3rd honors. The judging criteria will be provided
    1st honors projects are the finalists interviewed on Thursday.

Judging with Finalists Present -Wednesday, Fair Week: 8:30am to 1:15pm for student interviews

  • Students are present at their projects to describe their work
  • View the finalists’ projects in your assigned category
  • Work independently of the other judges to foster a one-on-one exchange with the student
  • Projects are scored numerically. The judging criteria will be provided

On Tuesday and Wednesday, a continental breakfast will be available and a judges buffet lunch will be provided. On Monday, a buffet lunch and dinner will be available. Refreshments will be available of all judging days.

To Register

To register as a Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair Judge, please fill out a judges registration form. Once approved, you will receive a login to the judge’s page where you will be able to view the judging documentation.

For judging related questions, please contact  Dr. Treese Hugener-Campbell, Chief of Judging.

Contact Award/Category Chairs

You may have been contacted by a special categories chairman. If not, and you wish to judge one of these categories, please fill out the registration form first. UTC Awards judging is limited to UTC employees or retirees.