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Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair – Judges and Volunteers

Judges and Volunteers

Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair is one of the largest ISEF-affiliated science fairs in the county. An event this size requires the efforts of many individuals. We couldn’t provide this opportunity for our students without the help of our many volunteers.

There are so many ways to help out – one of them is sure to fit your skills!

Volunteer registration will open in December. If you would like to be added to our email list, please email the PRSEF office at PRSEF@CarnegieScienceCenter.org.


Become a Science Fair Judge

The Science Fair is looking for judges to award a variety of prizes on Competition Day, Wed., March 24, 2021.

Judge registration will open in December. Check back soon for the 2021 Judge Handbook and Tips for Judges.

Category Judges

A Category Judge will judge students in a particular project category and will award a 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place and 4th place winner in that category.

The Senior (9th-12th grades) and Intermediate (7th-8th grades) Division categories are Behavioral & Social Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science/Math, Earth/Environment, Engineering/Robotics, Medicine/Health/Microbiology and Physics/Astronomy. The Intermediate Division also includes Consumer Science category. The Junior Division (6th grade) categories are Behavioral & Consumer Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physical Sciences & Engineering.

Judges must have a bachelor’s degree in the field in which they are judging or related experience. In the junior or intermediate levels (Grade 6-8), a non-science degree may be acceptable. If you are in doubt of your eligibility to judge, inquire to the chair of Judge Advisory Committee (ISEF@Pitt.edu). Active K-12 educators are not eligible to judge.

If you have understanding of a field of Science or Engineering and confidence in your ability to chat with a bright young person and you meet the qualifications above, then you can judge! A large percentage of our judges return every year. They love doing it and look forward to the Fair.

Affiliate Sponsor Judges & Awards

Affiliated Sponsor awards (certificates, medallions as determined by sponsors) are awarded at Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair because of its affiliation with Regeneron ISEF. 16 different organizations including: American Meteorological Society, American Psychological Association, ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, Association for Women GeoScientists, Broadcom MASTERS Middle School Program, Intel Excellence in Computer Science, Mu Alpha Theta, NASA Earth System Science Award, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Ricoh Americas Corporation, Society for In Vitro Biology, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Metric Association, U.S. Navy/U.S. Marine Corps – Office of Naval Research, Stockholm Junior Water Prize/Water Environment Federation, Yale Science and Engineering Association require judges to award prizes on their behalf.

Affiliate judges will review student projects, interview students and decide upon the recipients of each award.
They will need to be present at the Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair competition Wed., March 24, 2021 from 9 am until 4 pm at Carnegie Science Center. Presentation of the Affiliated Awards will be from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Scholarship Judges

Senior Division PRSEF participants (9th-12th grade) are eligible to be judged and receive scholarships. Scholarship judges will evaluate projects for the schools providing those awards. Please contact PRSEF@carnegiesciencecenter.org if you represent a school which would like to offer a scholarship to PRSEF students.

Sponsor Judges

Sponsor Judges represent a PRSEF sponsor and choose exhibits that address the particular field of interest of that sponsoring organization. Please see Sponsors and Awards for a list of all sponsor awards expected to be available in 2021.

ISEF Judges

As an affiliate fair of the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) , Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair can advance up to four Senior Division students to ISEF.

The ISEF Judges are experts from local universities and organizations who read the papers submitted by the student researchers, select and interview the ISEF candidates. These judges may or may not be part of the category award selection committee.

Don’t see a judging job which works for you? Check out our volunteer opportunities above!


Contact Us

Email questions or comments to PRSEF@CarnegieScienceCenter.org or call the Science Fair office at 412.237.1534.

Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair – Judges and Volunteers

Judges and Volunteers

Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair is one of the largest ISEF-affiliated science fairs in the county. An event this size requires the efforts of many individuals. We couldn’t provide this opportunity for our students without the help of our many volunteers.

There are so many ways to help out – one of them is sure to fit your skills!

Volunteer registration will open in December. If you would like to be added to our email list, please email the PRSEF office at PRSEF@CarnegieScienceCenter.org.


Become a Science Fair Judge

The Science Fair is looking for judges to award a variety of prizes on Competition Day, Wed., March 24, 2021.

Judge registration will open in December. Check back soon for the 2021 Judge Handbook and Tips for Judges.

Category Judges

A Category Judge will judge students in a particular project category and will award a 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place and 4th place winner in that category.

The Senior (9th-12th grades) and Intermediate (7th-8th grades) Division categories are Behavioral & Social Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science/Math, Earth/Environment, Engineering/Robotics, Medicine/Health/Microbiology and Physics/Astronomy. The Intermediate Division also includes Consumer Science category. The Junior Division (6th grade) categories are Behavioral & Consumer Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physical Sciences & Engineering.

Judges must have a bachelor’s degree in the field in which they are judging or related experience. In the junior or intermediate levels (Grade 6-8), a non-science degree may be acceptable. If you are in doubt of your eligibility to judge, inquire to the chair of Judge Advisory Committee (ISEF@Pitt.edu). Active K-12 educators are not eligible to judge.

If you have understanding of a field of Science or Engineering and confidence in your ability to chat with a bright young person and you meet the qualifications above, then you can judge! A large percentage of our judges return every year. They love doing it and look forward to the Fair.

Affiliate Sponsor Judges & Awards

Affiliated Sponsor awards (certificates, medallions as determined by sponsors) are awarded at Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair because of its affiliation with Regeneron ISEF. 16 different organizations including: American Meteorological Society, American Psychological Association, ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, Association for Women GeoScientists, Broadcom MASTERS Middle School Program, Intel Excellence in Computer Science, Mu Alpha Theta, NASA Earth System Science Award, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Ricoh Americas Corporation, Society for In Vitro Biology, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Metric Association, U.S. Navy/U.S. Marine Corps – Office of Naval Research, Stockholm Junior Water Prize/Water Environment Federation, Yale Science and Engineering Association require judges to award prizes on their behalf.

Affiliate judges will review student projects, interview students and decide upon the recipients of each award.
They will need to be present at the Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair competition Wed., March 24, 2021 from 9 am until 4 pm at Carnegie Science Center. Presentation of the Affiliated Awards will be from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Scholarship Judges

Senior Division PRSEF participants (9th-12th grade) are eligible to be judged and receive scholarships. Scholarship judges will evaluate projects for the schools providing those awards. Please contact PRSEF@carnegiesciencecenter.org if you represent a school which would like to offer a scholarship to PRSEF students.

Sponsor Judges

Sponsor Judges represent a PRSEF sponsor and choose exhibits that address the particular field of interest of that sponsoring organization. Please see Sponsors and Awards for a list of all sponsor awards expected to be available in 2021.

ISEF Judges

As an affiliate fair of the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) , Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair can advance up to four Senior Division students to ISEF.

The ISEF Judges are experts from local universities and organizations who read the papers submitted by the student researchers, select and interview the ISEF candidates. These judges may or may not be part of the category award selection committee.

Don’t see a judging job which works for you? Check out our volunteer opportunities above!


Contact Us

Email questions or comments to PRSEF@CarnegieScienceCenter.org or call the Science Fair office at 412.237.1534.