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Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair – Judges and Volunteers

Judges and Volunteers

Covestro PRSEF 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 Covestro PRSEF office at or visit our registration page to sign up.

Become A Science Fair Volunteer

The Science Fair is looking for volunteers to help on Competition Day. The competition takes place at Carnegie Science Center. Refreshments and a Science Fair t-shirt will be provided FREE! Limited free parking is available.

SET-UP ASSISTANTS 6:30 am – 9:30 am – 30 needed


During the Science Fair, you will serve as the students’ first point-of-contact on the project floor. You will help students find their project’s location and help with larger or multi-piece project displays. More than 1,000 students are expected, and that means over 1,000 projects will need to be set up between 7:00am and 9:30am. Wear your running shoes! Plan to be busy, busy, busy! You will no doubt have FUN in what will seem like chaotic confusion.

SET-UP ASSISTANT/INSPECTORS 6:30am – 9:30 am – 45 needed

You will start the day as a Set-up Assistant and become an Inspector once students begin to arrive. You will receive a list of requirements and an Inspector Checklist to assist in your review of student projects. After they’ve completed set-up, each student will raise their hand; your cue to do your thing. Once you use your Inspector Checklist to determine that the project is set up correctly, you will put a green sticker on the student’s project ID card and dismiss them to orientation.  Over 1,000 students are expected, and that means more than 1,000 projects will need to be inspected between the hours of 7:00am and 9:30am.

STUDENT GUIDES/FLOOR MANAGERS 6:30a – 10:30a, 9:30a – 1:30p or 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm – 10 needed


You will be strategically placed within Carnegie Science Center to assist with student flow, ensuring movement is done in a safe and timely manner. All shifts are available. Have FUN!

PHOTO ASSISTANT, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm – 8 needed


You will assist the photographers to ensure that every student is photographed.  Neat handwriting is a must. You will be recording project ID numbers and their corresponding photo ID numbers on a chart for the photographer.

LUNCH ASSISTANTS, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm (at Carnegie Science Center) – 15 needed

You will be strategically placed within Carnegie Science Center to assist with student flow during lunch, ensuring movement is done in a safe and timely manner. Have FUN!



Wear your running shoes. You will be in all areas of Carnegie Science Center distributing awards to our sponsors to present to the winning students and/or assisting the Information Hub with dismissal of students.

Thursday, March 26: AWARD CEREMONY ASSISTANTS 5:30pm – 8:30 pm – 20 needed

You will be stationed at entrances and in the event space at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland distributing programs and directing attendees to their seats at the awards ceremony.

Become a science fair judge

The Science Fair is looking for judges to award a variety of prizes on Competition Day, Wed., March 25, 2020. The competition takes place at Carnegie Science Center. Refreshments will be provided FREE! Visit our registration page to sign up! For more information about judging, see below, or download our Judges’Handbook. opens in a new window

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, Physics, Computers/Math, Earth/Environment and Physics to Physics and Astronomy, Engineering/Robotics, and Medicine/Health/Microbiology. 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 ( 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 Covestro PRSEF because of its affiliation with 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 Covestro PRSEF competition Wed., March 25, 2020 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 Covestro 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 if you represent a school which would like to offer a scholarship to PRSEF students.

Collegiate Award Judges

Collegiate award judges are college students from area schools who interview and present awards at the Junior (6th grade) and Intermediate (7th-8th grade) levels the afternoon of the fair. Volunteers must have strong communication skills and enjoy interacting with middle school students. Training will be provided on-site.

Sponsor Judges

Sponsor Judges represent a Covestro 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 2020.

ISEF Judges

As an affiliate fair of the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), Covestro PRSEF 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, examine their exhibits, 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 or call the Science Fair office at 412.237.1534.