More information regarding the 2020 Fair Plan here.


Registration will begin on December 18th.

Judges have the most powerful role in the science fair – interviewing the young people gathered to share all they have done and learned, and encouraging them to continue making good choices for their “now” and their future.

Our judges ask three questions followed by additional specific questions:
What did you do?  What did you learn?  What will you do next?

The TNRSEF trains all judges on the day of their selected competition, providing refreshments and lunch. Team Leaders will be notified in advance. Other judges will meet their team leaders at the training and receive their assignments there.

EVERY JUDGE must agree to recuse him/herself from interviewing and participating in the deliberation about any student whom s/he knows. There are NO exceptions to this requirement.

SUNY Potsdam Campus Map
TNRSEF Sample Student Schedule

Judge Qualifications:

Senior Level (Grades 9-12)

Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in STEM field

10+ in STEM career

Junior Level (Grades 5-8)

High School Diploma



Judging 101
RED Judging Rubric
Topic Judging Rubric
Special Awards Judging Guidelines (Sample)
*Email the Fair Director with questions

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