Please conform to the following rules to assure a good judging experience for all judges:
- Judges should not break in with questions or comments while another judge is interviewing a student. Wait until the interview is completed.
- Interview projects for no more than 10 minutes. Set a timer on your phone. Be aware of other judges waiting to speak to a student.
- If another judge’s interview lasts more than 10 minutes, ask the judge if he or she is about to finish.
- Do not correct or criticize another judge in front of the students.
Conflict of Interest
A judge may not judge projects for which they have a conflict of interest. A conflict of interest arises in the science fair when a judge has competing interests or loyalties that can interfere with their objectivity.
Judges must identify any student participating in the fair who:
- is related to themselves or is a close family friend,
- is or was a student of theirs or was a student at their school,
- was mentored or otherwise advised by them on their current project, or
- is the child of a close business associate.
If a judge is assigned to a group of projects that includes a conflict of interest described above, he or she must notify the Fair Manager immediately for re-assignment or other adjustment.
Judges should refrain from talking to their children, children’s friends or teacher-chaperones during the judging period to avoid the appearance of conflicts of interest.