In order to execute one of the largest citywide science fairs, NYCSEF is entirely dependent on service-minded educators, scientists, mathematicians, and engineers who volunteer their time each spring.  These individuals evaluate science fair projects in two rounds of competition; determine which students will represent New York City at the International Science and Engineering Fair, and which students to recognize at a separate Awards Ceremony. Science fair submissions come from over 50 private and public high schools throughout the five boroughs, and those students who qualify for the fairs value the feedback they receive from professionals in the field. It is a rewarding experience, both for our judges and for the students, and we hope you will consider registering as a judge for either or both events.

If you are interested in signing up please click Volunteer to Judge to register.

Judging science fair projects is a huge responsibility and incorporates a few key areas; creative ability, scientific thought, thoroughness, presentation skills and teamwork for those student researchers working on teams. Click Here to view a more detailed breakdown of potential questions you, as a judge, can ask in each of those key areas.

Round 1: The Preliminary Round on Sunday March 8th 2020 at Citi Field

We welcome all professionals in their fields, scientists, researchers, engineers, etc. including NYC DOE teachers, although we do ask that they recuse themselves from projects done by students they know.

Round 2: The Finals Round on Thursday March 19th 2020 at the American Museum of Natural History

We welcome all professionals in their fields, but we kindly ask teachers to refrain from registering to judge for this round of the fair.