For Judges

WESEF 2022 is going to be held as a virtual event. We will need your help as a judge for our region’s best and brightest budding scientists! 

Please consider helping local high school students from our region by volunteering as a judge for the 2022 Regeneron Westchester Science and Engineering Fair. 

The date for judging will be Saturday, March 19th – Sunday March 20th and split into AM (9am -1pm) and PM (2pm – 6pm) sessions based upon categories.

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…

  • Have a minimum of 2 years related professional experience beyond receiving their B.A., B.S., or Master’s degree. This would include school psychologists, social workers, registered nurses, EPA and DEA professionals.
  • Have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent (D.O., Ed.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., etc.)
  • Are current graduate students with more than 2 years of doctoral-level research experience or within one year of doctoral dissertation defense.


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

  • WESEF 2022 will be held virtually on our zFairs platform.
  • 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.