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Dear Judges,

For 2022 we are hoping to have in-person judging once again.  We will be deciding by fall, 2021 how judging will proceed in 2022.   

You can support the Fair and the students by volunteering as a judge. We will make this 2022 Science Fair as successful as all the previous fairs.  We appreciated all of your feedback on the survey, and will be considering your suggestions for 2022.

Vickie Driver

Judging Coordinator


For your information:


The Fair has three sets of judges.


1- The morning Category judges decide the Fair's own placements (first through fourth) in categories like math, animal science, chemistry and so forth.

2- Grand Awards are decided in the afternoon.

3- Professional Societies choose among the participants based on specific criteria in the afternoon. 


Judging Timeline for 2022


Categorical (Morning) Judging will take place on TBD, 2022 from 8:00 - 11:45 a.m. . You will get a link and more info later.


If you are an experienced categorical judge and are ready to volunteer, please complete the Judging Registration . Information about virtual judging will be sent to you a few weeks prior to the Fair.


If you have not judged before, or would like more information on Judging, please look at About Categorical (Morning) Judging. 


Grand Awards Judging will take place during the afternoon of TBD, 2022.


Professional Society Judging will take place during the afternoon of TBD, 2022.  



Judging Descriptions


About Categorical (Morning) Judging


The Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair is an exciting and important San Diego community event that relies entirely on the generosity of our community's volunteers. The Fair will usually have about 600 science projects on display along with the 700 plus 6-12th graders who produced them. 


Being a judge is actually a lot more fun than it sounds.  It mostly requires listening to enthusiastic young kids tell you what they did.


For anyone new to judging, there is a great deal of advice regarding "how to judge" and "what kinds of questions to ask" (see links below).  Also, judging is done in teams, so there are typically experienced judges to assist someone new, should that need arise.


Most of the projects are done by 6th - 8th graders, so you don’t need to be a PhD (although we do appreciate having PhD’s on our judging teams).  You do need a background in science, math, computers or engineering and a good knowledge of the scientific method.

Grand Award (formerly Sweepstakes) Judging

These are the very best projects in the Fair.  Projects recommended for Grand Award consideration are reviewed by teams of our most experienced judges during the afternoon judging session.  (7 or more years of experience are required. Grand Award judges must be willing to judge until at least 3PM.) Four Grand Award and four Runners-up are selected in both Junior (6th -8th grade) and Senior (9th -12th grade) Division.


Professional Society Judging  

Some 100 Professional Societies and other organizations present awards at the GSDSEF. Each provides its own judges and sets its own criteria for awards.

In order to participate, one person for the Professional Society must agree to act as a point of contact for the GSDSEF. This person is responsible for recruiting judges for that Professional Society, and reporting their selected winners to the GSDSEF. Awards may be then left with the GSDSEF for distribution directly to students, or the Professional Society may arrange another method to present their awards.

For more information, or to sign up your Professional Society, please contact







Judge’s Worksheet-link coming in 2021