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Judges evaluate the Science Fair projects according to a set of guidelines developed by the Science Fair Program. They receive training and collaborate with fellow judges. They get the opportunity to speak one-on-one with the students to hear about their projects. When registering they can select their preference for the type and grade level of the projects they judge.

The judging commitment is to be present on both Tuesday and Wednesday of the Fair. See the schedule below.


Judges are local graduate students, post-docs, faculty, researchers, and industry professionals. Come network with other STEM students and professionals, and see young scientists at work!

This year the Science Fair is *virtual*! Judging will be facilitated through the online Fair platform zFairs via videoconferences with students and fellow judges.


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

flexible scheduling of activities; plan for ~2 hours of work this day

  • 8:45-9:30am Judging orientation for all judges begins the day (orientation will be recorded and disseminated if you cannot attend), and then judges view project materials via the zFairs platform (at their leisure). Plan to block off ~1 hour for project review sometime this day.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

8:30am-1:15pm, with scheduled breaks

  • 8:30am  Judges sign on to troubleshoot any tech issues on zFairs platform

  • 8:45-9:45am  Meet judging team and have preliminary discussions about judging and projects

  • 10:00am-11:15am  Interview students via videoconferencing on zFairs platform

  • 11:45am-1:15pm  Meet again with judging team and make final decisions about winners!

new haven science fair
new haven science fair

In previous years, our Judges have come from:

  • Yale University

  • Yale University School of Medicine

  • Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

  • University of New Haven

  • University of Connecticut

  • Southern Connecticut State University

  • Quinnipiac University

  • Middlesex Community College

  • Melinta Therapeutics

  • Washington Montessori School

  • L2 Diagnostics

  • Industrial Surface Technologies

  • Harvard School of Public Health

  • Cytec Solvay Group

  • CUNY

  • Chemtura Corporation

  • Ashion Analytics

  • Alinabal, Inc.

  • Alexion Pharmaceuticals

  • Advanced Educational Resources

  • Covidien

  • ChemWerth, Inc.

  • Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

  • Little Scientists

  • Medtronic

  • Proton OnSite

  • Pfizer

  • The Journal of Experimental Secondary Science

...and more!

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