Judges are critical to the success of the DC STEM Fair! Spend 2-3 hours reviewing and judging student projects. Judges will receive a short training the morning of the Fair. The DC STEM Fair will aim to match judges with their top three preferred judging categories.

The DC STEM Fair welcomes any STEM professional to judge the middle school projects. Additionally, junior and senior undergraduate students who are majoring in a relevant field are invited to judge the middle school projects (e.g. engineering majors are eligible to judge the Engineering category). Please note that middle and high school teachers in the District of Columbia are ineligible to judge at the DC STEM Fair due to a conflict of interest.

In accordance with Intel ISEF regulations, judges of high school projects must have one of the following qualifications:

  • Have a minimum of six years related professional experience beyond receiving their B.A., B.S., or Master’s degree, OR
  • Have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent (D.O., Ed.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., etc.), OR
  • Is a current graduate student with more than four years of doctoral-level research experience or who is within one year of doctoral dissertation defense

Tentative Judging Schedule

8:00 am   Judge check-in

8:30 am   Orientation

9:00 am   Judging begins

12:00 pm End of judging




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