Your Student Should Be Thorough and Know the Material
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 the student about the research to see if the student has a good grasp of the project from start to finish. Judges often ask of the students questions 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 the project is in its field, how thorough the student was, and how much of the experiment thought and design is the student's own work.
Judges evaluate and focus on: 1) what the student did in the current year; 2) how well the student followed the scientific methodologies; 3) the detail and accuracy of research as documented in the data book; and 4) whether experimental procedures were used in the best possible way.
Evaluation Criteria and Points
Exhibits are judged in accordance with the criteria used by ISEF judges. As you assist your students in preparing their projects, 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 the projects. The judges have read it -- you should, too!
Intel ISEF-Affiliated Fair Judging Criteria (ISEF web site)
THE DECISION OF THE JUDGES IS FINAL.