For Judges

WESEF 2023 will be held on Saturday, March 18th, 2023 at Somers High School

Please consider helping to support local high school students from our region by volunteering as a judge for the 2023 Regeneron Westchester Science and Engineering Fair. 

The date for judging will be Saturday, March 18th, 2023.

We are hoping that medical and mental health professionals, biochemists, pharmacists, engineers, environmentalists , veterinarians and computer scientists will volunteer to watch students present their research via poster at our annual science fair. The top winners will represent our region at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair.

Please consider judging and/or passing this on to a friend or colleague.

Link to register: www.wesef.zfairs.org

NOTE: You must set up a new account even if you set one up last year. There are 3 tabs that you must fill out before registration is complete. PROFILE, JUDGE AND ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS. You will no longer have to upload proof of vaccination on the “profile” tab.

Need more help with registering? Here are two links to additional instructions: 
Summary Judge Registration Instructions
Detailed Judge Registration Directions

Judge Qualifications…

  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program (M.S., M.A., M.Ed, D.O., Ed.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., Ph.D, M.D, etc.)  OR
  • Bachelor’s degree + 2 years of job-related experience     OR
  • Current professional holding an advanced degree and working in any of the scientific fields represented at WESEF. This includes school psychologists, social workers, registered nurses, EPA, DEA professionals, etc.

  • NOT eligible to judge:
    • Current K-12 teachers


Basic Information:

  • Each judge will receive a ‘thank you’ gift from WESEF
  • The judging rubric is available in the “For Judges” section of the wesef.org website

The Judging Process

  • Projects will likely have 3-5 official judge interviews. The students should be prepared to give a seven minute uninterrupted summary of their research. Judges are then permitted 5 minutes for Q&A. 
  • There will be official judging periods, indicated by a tone which will signal the start and finish of each judging session.  Judges will then have a 5 minute window to score rubrics and move to the next presentation.  
  • In some cases, Special Awards Judges will also meet with and interview students.
  • Under no circumstances should a Judge review a student project for which there may be a conflict of interest.  Judges are asked to recuse themselves from any projects where they do not feel they can fairly assess a student project.