Projects within DRSEF are separated into 21 categories as defined by the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. DRSEF combines some of the smaller categories for judging as needed.
Judges are grouped in teams of 2-4 and evaluate projects in their field. Category judges award 1st through 3rd place in smaller categories, and 1st through 4th in larger categories. Honorable Mentions are also awarded.
Bachelors’ degree or equivalent experience in the chosen category.
Family members, teachers or paid mentors of competing students may not judge in any category or division. Family members may sign up to judge provided they recuse themselves if their child qualifies. Email recusals to DRSEFJudge@smu.edu.
Category Judge Resources
- Judge Letter
- Judge Guide
- 2021 Virtual Judge Guide
- 2021 Judge Orientation
- Category Judging Schedule for Junior Division
- Category Judging Schedule for Senior Division
Recommend a Judge
We are always on the lookout for new judges. Recommend a friend, neighbor, coworker or colleague and if they participate and have not judged before, you will receive a DRSEF t-shirt.
Special Award JudgesMany local companies, organizations and societies provide Special Awards for the fair. Judges for these awards are provided by the donor group.
Special Award Judge Resources
Questions about judging? Need to recuse yourself or cancel? Interested in being on the mailing list for next year? Email us at DRSEFJudge@smu.edu.