Judges Information

Judging will occur Thursday, March 23, 2017
beginning at 8:30am.

Students in grades 5 – 12 in public and private (including home) schools from Colbert, Cullman, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall and Morgan Counties in North Alabama are eligible to participate in the North Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fairs (NARSEF).

While the Fair is a three-day event (see attached agenda), judges are involved only on the second day – Thursday, March 23.

Judges will be assigned into teams of 3/5/7 judges per team. Each judging team will be responsible for judging a category and age group. For example, Botany 9-12 grades, Engineering 7-8 grades, etc. Some teams will be assigned to judge a “Special Award” which is donated by a company or organization (past Special Awards include Toyota, US Navy, Scientific American, to name only a few).

The size of the judging team will depend on the number of Science Projects in the category/age group to which that team is assigned.

Judging is composed of two parts: interviews and review. During the interviews, each student stands by his or her project and is available to explain the project and answer questions. The judging team interviews each student within the category/age group the team is assigned. 
Every student must be interviewed by at least one judge.

After the interviews are complete, the Fair is closed to the public from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm. During this time, judges can and are encouraged to return to the Fair and review the projects they are judging. The judging team then discusses the projects and come up with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, as well as honorable mentions (if applicable), by 4:00pm.

A list of judging criteria will be available for judges at the Fair.

The judges will be requested to arrive at the University Fitness Center (500 John Wright Drive) on March 23 by 8:30 am for briefing. Judges must be available for the entire day until they have a list of winners to submit to the Fair organizers.

Breakfast and lunch will be served.

The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 23 at the Conference Training Center Exhibit Hall at UAH at 6:00 pm.  Judges are welcome to attend the ceremony but are not required.