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Welcome to the 2023-2024 Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair! This year’s fair will be held February 17, 2024 at Fair Park.

Judges at the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair (DRSEF) play a vital role in the success of the fair each year.  We greatly appreciate the dedicated volunteers from the science and engineering communities who judge at the fair – thank you!

2018 DRSEF Poster montage

Category Judges

Projects within DRSEF are separated into 21 categories as defined by the Regeneron 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


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 Judges

Many local companies, organizations and societies provide Special Awards for the fair.  Judges for these awards are provided by the donor group.  If you want to give a Special Award, please email us at DRSEFJudge@smu.edu

Contact Us

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.