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Judge speaking to finalists at Intel ISEF

Grand Award Judges

Join your colleagues on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 10-11 in Phoenix, Arizona to support the young scientists of the Intel ISEF

Apply to be a Grand Awards Judge at Intel ISEF 2016!

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. Due to the large number of Grand Award Judges that are anticipated, SSP is not able to support travel expenses or visa invitations. 

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 would appreciate your help recruiting other judges or volunteers to Intel ISEF by contacting your colleagues and friends. You may direct individuals interested in judging to this page and to review the 22 scientific disciplines in which finalists will compete. Please direct those interested in general volunteering to our Volunteers page for more information. 

Please note that as part of the application process, all volunteers and judges are required to complete a background screening through Verified Volunteers, a third-party vendor. More information is available on our FAQ page.

For more information about Judging at Intel ISEF email judging@societyforscience.org

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