A judge should have the following three qualifications:
We have both (1) Category Judges and (2) Special Award Judges for
determining the awards.
There are two kinds of awards. Category Awards, which are given by
the Santa Clara Valley Science & Engineering Fair Association (SCVSEFA) for
scientific merit, and include the first place medals, and second place and honorable
Special Awards are given by various professional organizations and
companies. Special awards may take many forms, including certificates,
cash, trips, equipment, and work fellowships. Criteria for the
special awards are determined by the sponsoring organizations.
Judging teams for these awards are usually from the sponsoring
organizations but may, if requested, be provided by the SCVSEFA.
Science Fair Project Categories link (details)
Physical Sciences: Chemistry, Physics, Earth/Space Sciences,
Unfortunately, due to budget restrictions we cannot offer a parking subsidy.
There are several parking lots surrounding the convention center which
offer $7/day parking. See parking info.
We strongly encourage carpooling and use of mass transit.
Yes, we do provide a lunch. Each lunch costs us over $20, so please enjoy it.
If you have special dietary needs please make sure to inform us by email ahead of time.
No. We find it is distracting to the students and other judges. Interested
family members may attend only during the open viewing time
(5:00- 6:00 pm on March 12).
Names of winning students will be posted on this website approximately 1 week following the fair. Awards will be presented to the student winners, representatives from the top schools, and the top teachers at the Awards Ceremonies
The ceremonies will be held at California's Great America in Santa Clara approximately 2-3 weeks following the fair, usually on the first Sunday in April.
Details will be available on this website and at the Fair.
SCVSEFA Category Judging Committee
Revised: Nov 2013