Be a Judge

Thank you for taking the time to consider being a judge at the Eastern Washington Regional Science & Engineering Fair (EWRSEF). As a Judge you have the opportunity to meet many local middle and high school students who are passionate about your field of study. They are eager to share their own work with experts in fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Judges will meet with a number of students in a chosen field and will assess the quality of work the students have developed in their project.

Perhaps even more important than the judging itself, the fair is an opportunity for you to have a memorable impact on the lives of some very talented young people. For some students, you are the first professional they have met who has a science or engineering job. Part of your role at the EWRSEF is to be an ambassador for your profession. Some students’ perceptions of you could influence their career choices. Finally, this is an opportunity for the participants to learn and grow, and your wisdom and motivation are paramount to their success.

Judging FAQs


Q:  Who can be a judge?

A:  Anyone with an B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. in a science field, as well as those with an M.D., D.D.S., or D.V.M. are eligible to judge our science categories. Engineering judges must possess at least a bachelor’s degree in engineering.  High school science and engineering teachers who do not have students participating in the fair are also invited to judge.

Q:  Do I have to register again to be a judge if I have already done so in previous years?

A:  Yes.  If you have trouble registering online, send an email to

Q:  What is expected of EWRSEF judges?

A:  Judges are expected to evaluate student projects, without bias, using the EWRSEF judging guidelines.  Judges are also expected to provide positive feedback to all participants.

Q:  When is the Science Fair?

A:  Wednesday, March 16, 2022 on the WSU Spokane Campus and/or virtually.  The schedule is tentative and may be changed.

Q:  Do I have to stay the entire time?

A:  You need to arrive in time to attend the training before the start of the EWRSEF.  You are free to leave after your team finalizes award winners.  The awards ceremony will be online on Friday, March 18.

Q:  Is training available for judges?

A:  Yes. Judging criteria will be sent to you prior to the EWRSEF.  We also plan to send you the Project Display slides and a video ahead of the event.  We ask all judges to attend the training the morning of the fair.

Q:  Is parking free?

A:  Yes.

Judging Criteria

We encourage you to become familiar with the fair’s Project Categories and the Judging Guidelines & Criteria. On the day of the fair, you will be divided into teams and each team will judge 4-7 projects.  More details and additional training will be provided the day of the fair.