Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair


Please come help us make a difference ......judge at a science fair!

The Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair (GNOSEF) is growing this year with two (2) judging dates:

Tuesday, February 14th (Junior Division) and Wednesday, February 15th (Senior Division), 2017


And we are in need of judges!  It will be at the University of New Orleans (UNO) Human Performance Center at 2000 Lakeshore Drive and is open to 6th-12th grade students in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes. Please consider judging for us on either or both of these dates.  And if you are not available in the morning (8am-noon), please consider judging in the afternoon for the Grand Award winners from the top two projects in each category. The schedule is the following:

Tuesday, February 14th - Junior Division (6-8 grade)
8:00am - 8:30am – Category Judges check-in (continental breakfast served)
8:30am - 9:00am – Category Judges Orientation
9:00am - 12:00pm – Official Category Judging (junior division students will be standing by their projects)
Lunch will be provided starting at 11:30am during the deliberations.
12:00pm - 1:30pm – Grand Award Judging (students not present)
Wednesday, February 15th - Senior Division
(9-12 grade)
8:00am - 8:30am – Judges check-in (continental breakfast served)
8:30am - 9:00am – Judges Orientation
9:00am - 12:00pm – Official Category Judging (senior division students will be standing by their projects)
Lunch will be provided starting at 11:30am during the deliberations.
12:30pm - 3:30pm – Grand Award Judging (senior division students will be standing by their projects from 1:00-2:30pm)

If you are available to judge, please register below, indicating the category or categories that you are willing to judge. We will need at least 2 judges for each category and up to 5 or 6 for categories with many entries. We also need additional judges to judge the grand awards in the afternoon. We ask that judges have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree, however, undergraduate college students enrolled in a degree program may judge middle school projects in their major.

Your participation is not only important in determining the winners for the divisions, but also, because for some of the students, this will be the first opportunity they have to meet a scientist or an engineer. Many students decide to pursue a career in science or engineering simply due to the interaction they had with a scientist or engineer at an event like the science fair. This is your chance to engage with the K-12 community and make a difference in the life of a middle or high school student.



If you are not able to volunteer as a category or grand award judge on Tuesday and/or Wednesday, we could still use your help!

  • Safety judges are reqiored to assure that student projects meet the International Science and Engineering Fair display requirements, and will be needed during check in on Monday, February 13th from noon-5:30pm and Tuesday, February 14th, 4-7pm. To sign up to be a safety judge, register here.


  • Assistance is needed with the fair operation during the 4 day event (Mon, Tues, Wed, and Thurs, February 13rd-16th) to help with set up, data collection for judging results, crowd control, photography, awards preparation, monitoring project pick-up, and assisting at the information desk. In addition, we also need help at our awards ceremony on Thursday evening, February 16th, 7:00-9:30pm at the UNO Ballroom in the University Center handling programs and coordinating awards. To sign up to be a volunteer, register here. This link also contains details regarding the schedule the events

Questions? Contact Dr. Michelle Sanchez, GNOSEF Fair Director and Director for K-12 STEM Outreach at the Tulane School of Science and Engineering, at, Dr. Annette Oertling, GNOSEF Fair Director, at, or Dr. Nancy Hopkins, GNOSEF Judge Coordinator, at


Which categories are you interested in judging?   Please check all that apply.  Senior Division is 9th through 12th grade and Junior Division is 6th through 8th grade.

Senior Division - February 15, 2017
Animal Sciences
Behavioral and Social Sciences
Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology
Biomedical, Health, and Translational Medical Sciences
Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, and Biomedical Engineering
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Embedded Systems and Robotics and Intelligent Machines
Energy: Chemical
Energy: Physical
Engineering Mechanics
Environmental Engineering
Materials Science
Mathematics and Systems Software
Physics and Astronomy
Plant Sciences
Junior Division - February 14, 2017
Animal Sciences
Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology
Behavioral and Social Sciences
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Electrical and Computer Engineering (Robotics, Embedded Systems, Electrical Design)
Energy: Chemical and Physical
Engineering Mechanics (Mechanical, Civil and Transportation Engineering)
Environmental Engineering (Pollution, Recycling, Waste Management)
Mathematics and Computers and Programming
Medicine & Health and Microbiology (including Biomedical Engineering)
Physics and Astronomy
Plant Sciences


Which days are you available to judge? (check one or both)                      February 14, 2017 - Junior Division        February 15, 2017 - Senior Division

If you checked available on both days above, would you be willing to judge both days or are you only available on one day?    


Are you interested in judging the grand awards? This requires your availability in the afternoon.


Is it okay if we share your information with the schools participating in the GNOSEF? They also need judges for their local school fairs.


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