Judging Criteria

Be Thorough and Know Your Material
Photo of student explaining project to judge.Judges applaud those students who can speak freely and confidently about their work. They are not interested in only memorized speeches - they want to TALK with you about your research to see if you have a good grasp of your project from start to finish. Judges often ask questions to test your insight into your projects such as “What was your role?”, “What didn’t you do?” and “What would be your next step?”

Judges look for well thought-out research. They look at how significant your project is in its field, how thorough you were, and how much of the experiment thought and design is your own work.

Photo of student explaining project to judges.Judges evaluate and focus on:

1) what you, the student, did in the current year
2) how well you followed the scientific methodologies
3) the detail and accuracy of research as documented in the data book
4) whether experimental procedures were used in the best possible way.

How Will My Project Be Judged and Scored?
Exhibits are judged in accordance with the criteria used by ISEF judges. The GNOSEF judges will view your project with specific questions in mind. They will look for the criteria listed below and will score accordingly:

  1. Scientific Thought
  2. Engineering Goals
  3. Thoroughness
  4. Skill
  5. Clarity
  6. Teamwork

Know What the Judges Know
As you prepare your project, it is highly recommended that you read the page that ISEF has prepared for judges so that you will understand what the judges are looking for in your work. The judges have read it -- you should, too!
Intel ISEF-Affiliated Fair Judging Criteria (ISEF web site)



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