In May 2016, more than 1,700 students representing 75 countries, regions, and territories will be in Phoenix to compete for more than $5 million in awards, scholarships, internships and prizes. These high school students are the top winners of regional, state and national science fairs from around the United States and the world.
Student finalists overwhelmingly say that the most significant interactions that they have at the fair are with the judges. Likewise, judges find their discussions with these outstanding students to be a positive and uplifting experience. The objective evaluation of projects by Grand Awards Judges is the most important aspect of the fair and determines the distribution of millions of dollars in prizes, awards, and scholarships.
By volunteering for only two days, you can play an important role in encouraging these students to become the future science and engineering leaders of tomorrow. Judging will take place at the Phoenix Convention Center starting on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 10 through the evening of Wednesday, May 11, 2016.
A Grand Award Judge 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.
Judges may include university faculty and scientists, industrial engineers and scientists, representatives of private and federal research centers and agencies, medical researchers, post-doctoral fellows, and senior graduate students. Affiliated science fair directors and elementary or secondary school teachers are generally NOT eligible to serve as Intel ISEF judges.
We ask that you consider volunteering your time as well as aiding us in reaching out to your colleagues to achieve our goal of providing 1,000 judges needed to serve as Grand Award judges in the 20 scientific disciplines in which finalists will compete.
Judge recruitment video 2013
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