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Information for Poster Judges

Judges are to visit each presenter individually, and students are not to present to more than one judge at a time. Note that the student discussion should range from three to five minutes, and they must be physically present. A video or recorded demo cannot be a substitute for the real person.

  • Each judge will be randomly assigned to approximately five exhibitors. Judging will begin at 1:00 p.m. in Alumni and Heritage Halls, and all score sheets must be turned in by 4:00 p.m. Please note that the Exhibition will be open to the public from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Judges should wear the “Judge” badge provided at check-in.
  • Judges are assigned randomly with no attempt to match backgrounds between judges and exhibitors. Students from any particular college might be presenting in either the social and behavioral sciences or the arts and humanities, depending on the topic of their presentation.
  • If you know a student or perceive a conflict of interest with any of the students you are asked to judge, please return the entire packet and ask for a replacement.
  • The presenters have been divided into six major entry categories:  Visual Arts, Arts & Humanities, Engineering Health & Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Mathematics, Social & Behavioral Sciences.
  • If a student is not at their station, please come back later. However, if you have made three attempts to visit with a particular presenter and the individual was not present any of the times, please note this on the scorecard. Do not evaluate a poster or art work if the student is not available.
  • Student exhibitors have been instructed to make their work understandable to a broad spectrum of the community. Students should be able to explain the purpose, methods, findings and importance of their work in lay terms. Judges are asked to make this objective a focus of their evaluation.
  • Exhibitors have prepared a short (no more than 5 minute) oral overview of their projects. Judges should allow them to complete their presentations before delving into specific questions about the research.
  • Judges will be briefed on proper questioning techniques and given a set of examples as a guide.
  • Immediately after visiting each exhibit, judges should jot down notes about the strengths and weaknesses of the presentation, paying careful attention to the judging criteria. After completing judging, judges will decide on the final scores.
  • Judges should give equal time to each of the exhibits that they have been assigned. After completing judging of all assigned exhibits, judges should feel free to revisit any exhibits.

Criteria for Judging the Poster Exhibits

Feedback to Students

Students will not receive any feedback unless provided by the judges. Please take a few minutes to write constructive suggestions and assessments to the students you judge. Please do not compare notes with other judges until after you have turned in your score sheets. We will collect the feedback sheets and distribute them to the exhibitors at a later date.

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