Grand Award Judging at the International Science & Engineering Fair

Judge at Regeneron ISEF

The Grand Award Judge application for 2023 is now closed. If you would like to be notified when the application for Regeneron ISEF 2024 opens, fill out this form.

Finalists overwhelmingly say that the most significant interactions that they have at the fair are with the judges. Likewise, judges find their discussions with these outstanding students to be a positive and uplifting experience. We encourage you to volunteer your time to support these young scientists and engineers and to be inspired!

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Each year at Regeneron ISEF, more than 1,600 students representing 60+ countries, regions, and territories compete for more nearly $9 million in awards, scholarships, internships and prizes. These high school students are the top winners of regional, state and national science fairs from around the United States and the world.

Regeneron ISEF 2023 will be held in Dallas, TX from May 13-19 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

By volunteering, you can play an important role in encouraging these students to become the future science and engineering leaders of tomorrow.

A Grand Award Judge must have one of the following qualifications:

  • Have a minimum of six years related professional experience beyond receiving their B.A., B.S., or Master’s degree, OR
  • Have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent (D.O., Ed.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., etc.), OR
  • Is a current graduate student with more than four years of doctoral-level research experience or who is within one year of doctoral dissertation defense.

Judges may include university faculty and scientists, industrial engineers and scientists, representatives of private and federal research centers and agencies, medical researchers, post-doctoral fellows, and senior graduate students. Affiliated science fair directors and elementary or secondary school teachers are NOT eligible to serve as Regeneron ISEF judges.

Background Check

As part of the application process, all volunteers and judges will have a background screening completed through Sterling Volunteers, a third-party vendor.

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Ethics Statement

All Grand Award Judges should note that you will be asked to agree to an Ethics Agreement when submitting your applications. The terms of the Ethics Statement can be found below.

I hereby acknowledge that by submitting this application:

  1. I agree to serve as a judge for the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair 2023.
  2. I agree to act in a positive and ethical manner, treating each student finalist I encounter fairly and respectfully.
  3. I will keep confidential any privileged information obtained through my volunteer service. I will not use such information, nor disclose it to third parties.
  4. I agree to disclose all conflicts of interest resulting from direct competitive, collaborative or other relationships with any of the student finalists.
  5. I acknowledge that I have read and agree to abide by Society for Science’s harassment policy protecting all Regeneron ISEF participants from harassment and sexual harassment by another Regeneron ISEF participant or other person for any reason including, but not limited to: age, national origin, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, ancestry and/or veteran status and understand The Society’s responsibility to investigate claims of violation of the policy.
  6. I agree to notify the Society at immediately if I become aware of any circumstance that would compromise either (a) my ability to attend the event or (b) fairly evaluate finalists’ projects.
  7. I am aware that I am not permitted to record or take any screenshots throughout the judging process. This is strictly prohibited for Regeneron ISEF 2023.
  8. I agree to abide all COVID-19 safety protocols while attending Regeneron ISEF 2023.

Special Award Judges

Each year more than 50 professional organizations affiliate with Regeneron ISEF as Special Award Sponsors to provide awards from their respective organizations. Special Award Organizations (SAO’s) recruit their own judges to choose the winners of their awards. Please note that a judge cannot serve as both a Special Award Judge and a Grand Award Judge.