Judging Criteria for Science Projects

  1. Research Question (10 points)
    • ___ clear and focused purpose
    • ___ identifies contribution to field of study
    • ___ testable using scientific methods
  2. Design and Methodology (15 points)
    • ___ well designed plan and data collection methods
    • ___ variables and controls defined, appropriate and complete
  3. Execution: Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation (20 points)
    • ___ systematic data collection and analysis
    • ___ reproducibility of results
    • ___ appropriate application of mathematical and statistical methods
    • ___ sufficient data collected to support interpretation and conclusions
  4. Creativity (20 points)
    • ___ project demonstrates significant creativity in one or more of the above criteria
  5. Presentation (35 points)
    1. Poster (10 points)
      • ___ logical organization of material
      • ___ clarity of graphics and legends
      • ___ supporting documentation displayed
    2. Interview (25 points)
      • ___ clear, concise, thoughtful responses to questions
      • ___ understanding of basic science relevant to project
      • ___ understanding interpretation and limitations of results and conclusions
      • ___ degree of independence in conducting project
      • ___ recognition of potential impact in science, society and/or economics
      • ___ quality of ideas for further research
      • ___ for team projects, contributions to and understanding of project by all members