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Judging Procedure

Judges for the event are pooled primarily from the academic departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Mathematics and Computer Science and include faculty members, graduate, and undergraduate students, all of whom have expertise in the field of science.  The young scientists’ projects are judged by university professors and students on a variety of points, including originality of question, hypothesis, procedure and organization, investigation trials, analysis, evaluation and conclusion, and presentation.

Judging Criteria

Each entry will be judged separately on its own merit. The judges will use the criteria as listed and will give consideration to the degree to which standards are met. Each entry will be evaluated on a point basis. Five points are possible in each category with a maximum of 35 points available overall. 

Originality of Question

Exhibits should show originality of research/unique question. Weight will be given to ingenious use of materials, unique perspective or originality of approach.


An exhibit will be judged on how the *Scientific Method is used and how easy it is to follow. The sequence should capture and exhibit all observations, data collections, and changes to the project as well as disclose whether a control was used.
*Scientific Method: question, hypothesis, investigation/testing, analysis, and evaluation/conclusion.

Investigation Trials

Exhibit will be judged on how many times the experiment was performed and the adequacy of the sample size.


Data will be judged on how clearly it is presented and the relationship between the data and the hypothesis/question.


An exhibit should show that a logical conclusion has been drawn from the data collected, and that the data answers the hypothesis/question, and/or raises a new hypothesis/question.


Exhibit displays well organized data and clear/accurate use of text/charts/graphs. Text within the project is legible with few to no spelling errors.

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