Criteria for Senior Division Judges: Master Degree or higher or at least 5 years experience in science
and/or engineering field.
Criteria for Junior Division Judges: Bachelor Degree or higher or at least 3 years experience in science
and/or engineering field or 4 years work experience in a physical or life science field in lieu of a degree.
(Honor Society Undergraduates with at least 3 years experience in science and/ or engineering.)
Note: Teachers and qualified parents/ guardians/ chaperones wishing to judge will be taken on a case-
by-case basis. Please contact us if you are interested and fall into this category as we need to screen regarding conflict of interest.
Judges are responsible for reviewing projects and providing encouragement and constructive criticism. As professional authorities in the science and engineering fields, judges' opinions are highly valued by the students. As a part of the judging process, judges will interact with regional finalists and interview finalists and encourage future disciplinary pursuits in addition to evaluating their projects.
Students competing in the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair have already won awards at local and regional fairs. Their work is of high quality and it is often difficult to select one project over others in the same group. In addition to the quality of the projects, there is a large quantity to be judged; we expect over 1100 students participating in 17 categories.
Judging takes place in two age groups:
- Junior level (Middle School students)
- Senior level (High School students)
There also are two project types:
- Individual (completed by a single student)
- Team (completed by a team of two or three students)
There are three types of judges for the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair: Fair Award judge, Blue Team Award judge, and Special Award judge.
Fair Award Judges
Fair Awards Judges volunteer their time to evaluate projects througout the fair. Fair award judges are assigned to a specific number of projects based on experience and qualifications in their field of expertise. The Fair Judge will select first choice, second choice, etc. from one of 17 categories. Each judge will be assigned a category on site during registration.
Blue Team Award Judges
Blue Team Award judges will select Grand Prize and Best of Show winners from amongst the winners of the individual fair categories, who were determined by Fair Award Judges. Blue Team judging will begin once all Fair Award Judging is completed and results have been tallied.
Special Award Judges (external to fair)
Each year over 70 professional organizations, representing a wide variety of disciplines, affiliate with the Intel ISEF as Special Award Sponsors. These governmental, industrial and educational organizations recruit their own Special Award Judges to evaluate projects that meet the specific criteria of their awards.
Special Award Judges represent a professional society, company, industry, or the military and have been specifically asked to evaluate projects that will receive scholarships and awards from external organizations. Judges review specific projects in relation to their organization's scholarship or award.