Information for Judges

The West Virginia Science & Engineering Fair relies on the hard work of volunteer judges who spend time speaking with presenters, evaluating physical displays and written materials, and choosing winners. If you are a college graduate holding a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, or a college student pursuing a bachelor’s degree or higher, consider signing up!

Judges which meet the qualifications listed above, may judge the elementary and middle school levels of the WVSEF.  WVSEF Judges for high school projects must have one of the following qualifications:

  • Have a minimum of six years related professional experience beyond receiving their B.A., B.S., or Master’s degree, OR
  • Have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent (D.O., Ed.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., etc.), OR
  • Is a current graduate student with more than four years of doctoral-level research experience or who is within one year of doctoral dissertation defense.

Judges may include university faculty and scientists, industrial engineers and scientists, representatives of private and federal research centers and agencies, medical researchers, post-doctoral fellows, and senior graduate students. Affiliated science fair directors and elementary or secondary school teachers are generally NOT eligible to serve as ISEF judges but may be qualified and are welcome as elementary school and middle school WVSEF judges. Please note that judging is a full-day volunteer commitment.

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All judges will be notified by email if they have been selected to judge.

Judges Schedule:

The fair will be held at the Charleston Coliseum and Civic Center on March 10, 2025.  Please plan to arrive between 8:30 AM and 9:15 AM.    A judge orientation meeting will begin at 9:15 AM.  When you arrive at the Charleston Coliseum and Civic Center on fair day, please look for signs to Grand Hall South (the project exhibit room).  The judges’ room (West Hall) is located directly behind the exhibit room.

Time Event Location
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM Judges Arrive West Hall I
9:15 AM

Judge Orientation Meeting

Preview Projects and Evaluate Displays

West Hall I
10:00 AM Judging Grand Hall South
12:00 PM Judges’ Luncheon West Hall I
1:00 PM Judging (Continued)* Grand Hall South
*Judges are free to leave when all assigned projects have been judged and winners have been selected.
4:30 PM Public Viewing of Projects Grand Hall South
5:30 PM Awards Ceremony Grand Hall North