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Judging Criteria for Intel ISEF

The following evaluation criteria are used for judging at the Intel ISEF.  As shown below, science and engineering have different criteria, each with five sections as well as suggested scoring for each section.  Each section includes key items to consider for evaluation both before and after the interview. 

Students are encouraged to design their posters in a clear and informative manner to allow pre-interview evaluation and to enable the interview to become an in-depth discussion. Judges should examine the student notebook and, if present, any special forms such as Form 1C (Regulated Research Institution/Industrial Setting) and Form 7 (Continuation of Projects).  Considerable emphasis is placed on two areas:  Creativity and Presentation, especially theInterview section, and are discussed in more detail below.

Creativity:   A creative project demonstrates imagination and inventiveness.  Such projects often offer different perspectives that open up new possibilities or new alternatives.  Judges should place emphasis on research outcomes in evaluating creativity. 

Presentation/Interview:  The interview provides the opportunity to interact with the finalists and evaluate their understanding of the project’s basic science, interpretation and limitations of the results and conclusions.  

  • If the project was done at a research or industrial facility, the judge should determine the degree of independence of the finalist in conducting the project, which is documented on Form 1C.
  • If the project was completed at home or in a school laboratory, the judge should determine if the finalist received any mentoring or professional guidance. 
  • If the project is a multi-year effort, the interview should focus ONLY on the current year’s work.  Judges should review the project’s abstract and Form 7 (Intel ISEF Continuation Projects) to clarify what progress was completed this year. 
  • Please note that both team and individual projects are judged together, and projects should be judged only on the basis of their quality.  However, all team members should demonstrate significant contributions to and an understanding of the project.

Judging Criteria for Science Projects

I.  Research Question (10 pts)

  ___ clear and focused purpose

  ___ identifies contribution to field of study

  ___ testable using scientific methods

II.  Design and Methodology (15 pts)

  ___ well designed plan and data collection methods

  ___ variables and controls defined, appropriate and complete  

III.  Execution:   Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation(20 pts)

  ___ systematic data collection and analysis

  ___ reproducibility of results

  ___ appropriate application of mathematical and statistical methods

  ___ sufficient data collected to support interpretation and  conclusions

IV.  Creativity (20 pts)

  ___ project demonstrates significant creativity in one or more of the above criteria

V.    Presentation  (35 pts)

   a. Poster  10 pts)

   ___ logical organization of material

   ___ clarity of graphics and legends

   ___ supporting documentation displayed

   b. Interview (25 pts)

   ___ clear, concise, thoughtful responses to questions

   ___ understanding of basic science relevant to project

   ___ understanding interpretation and limitations of results and conclusions

      _ degree of independence in conducting project

   ___ recognition of potential impact in science, society and/or economics

   ___ quality of ideas for further research

   ___ for team projects, contributions to and understanding of project by all members

Judging Criteria for Engineering Projects

I. Research Problem  (10 pts)

  ___ description of a practical need or problem to be solved

  ___ definition of criteria for proposed solution

  ___ explanation of constraints

II.  Design and Methodology (15 pts)

  ___ exploration of alternatives to answer need or problem

  ___ identification of a solution

  ___ development of a prototype/model

III.  Execution:  Construction and Testing(20 pts)

  ___ prototype demonstrates intended design

  ___ prototype has been tested in multiple conditions/trials
  ___ prototype demonstrates engineering skill and completeness

IV.  Creativity  (20 pts)

  ___ project demonstrates significant creativity in one or more of the above criteria

V.    Presentation (35 pts)

   a. Poster (10 pts)

   ___logical organization of material

   ___clarity of graphics and legends

   ___ supporting documentation displayed

   b. Interview (25 pts)

   ___ clear, concise, thoughtful responses to questions

   ___ understanding of basic science relevant to project

   ___ understanding interpretation and limitations of results and conclusions

      _ degree of independence in conducting project

   ___ recognition of potential impact in science, society and/or economics

   ___ quality of ideas for further research

   ___ for team projects, contributions to and understanding of project by all members

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