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Fair Schedule



Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Hall 3

  • Enter from Market Street, through take elevator to 3rd floor to Hemisfair Ballroom
  • Enter from West Wing, take escalator to 2nd floor, then 3rd floor to Hemisfair Ballroom

7:30 - 8:30 am: On site Registration,  Hemisfair Ballroom (3rd floor)

8:30 - 9:00 am: Judge Briefing in the Hemisfair Ballroom (3rd floor)

9:00 am - 12:00 pm: AM Judging (Second Floor)

12:00 - 1:00 pm: Lunch (Room 217 - Second Floor)

1:00 - 3:00 pm: PM Judging in the Hemisfair Ballroom (3rd floor)

3:00 - 3:30 pm: Blue Team Registration (Hemisfair Ballroom)

3:30 - 5:30 pm: Blue Team Judging (Hemisfair Ballroom)


7:00 - 10:30 pm: Awards Ceremony in the Hemisfair Ballroom (3rd floor)

Meals will be provided and Free Parking will be offered, along with a certificate of service. 


Judge Qualifications

Criteria for Senior Division Judges: Master's Degree or higher or at least 5 years experience in science
and/or engineering field.

Criteria for Junior Division Judges: Bachelor's Degree or higher or at least 3 years experience in science
and/or engineering field or 4 years work experience in a physical or life science field in lieu of a degree.
(Honor Society Undergraduates with at least 3 years experience in science and/ or engineering.)

Note: Teachers and qualified parents/ guardians/ chaperones wishing to judge will be taken on a case-
by-case basis. Please contact us if you are interested.

Judges are responsible for reviewing projects and providing encouragement and constructive criticism. As professional authorities in the science and engineering fields, judges' opinions are highly valued by the students. As a part of the judging process, judges will interact with regional finalists and interview finalists and encourage future disciplinary  pursuits in addition to evaluating their projects.

Students competing in the Texas Science and Engineering Fair have already won awards at local and regional fairs. Their work is of high quality and it is often difficult to select one project over others in the same group. In addition to the quality of the projects, there is a large quantity to be judged; we expect over 1100 students participating in 22 categories.

Judging takes place in two age groups:

  • Junior level (Middle School students)
  • Senior level (High School students)

There also are two project types:

  • Individual (completed by a single student)
  • Team (completed by a team of two or three students)



There are three types of judges for the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair: Fair Award judge, Blue Team Award judge, and Special Award judge.

Fair Award Judges

Fair Awards Judges volunteer their time to evaluate projects througout the fair. Fair award judges are assigned to a specific number of projects based on experience and qualifications in their field of expertise.  The Fair Judge will select first choice, second choice, etc. from one of 17 categories. Each judge will be assigned a category on site during registration.

Blue Team Award Judges

Blue Team Award judges will select Grand Prize and Best of Show winners from amongst the winners of the individual fair categories, who were determined by Fair Award Judges. Blue Team judging will begin once all Fair Award Judging is completed and  results have been tallied.

Special Award Judges (external to fair)

Each year over 70 professional organizations, representing a wide variety of disciplines, affiliate with the Intel ISEF as Special Award Sponsors. These governmental, industrial and educational organizations recruit their own Special Award Judges to evaluate projects that meet the specific criteria of their awards.

Special Award Judges represent a professional society, company, industry, or the military and have been specifically asked to evaluate projects that will receive scholarships and awards from external organizations. Judges review specific projects in relation to their organization's scholarship or award.

Steps for Special Awards Judge Registration only.

1. Register to be a special judge. Fill out category section (it does not mean they are a fair judge)
2. Login to control panel.
3. Create a special award(if they are a group judging 1 award, only 1 person needs to make the award.)
4. Print out handout.
5. Judge projects and fill in location ids.
6. Hand in handout.

Category Chair

Role Responsibility of a Category Chair

  • The category chair will work with fair organizers in assuring there are enough judges to judge the category.
  • In the case where there are not enough, the category chair will assist in recruiting more judges.
  • The category chair will assure that all judges registered are present to judge.
  • The category chair will work with fair organizers to assure all projects are judged at the minimum number appropriate.
  • The category judge will assure that consensus are made and all results are turned in on time.
  • The category judge will assist in any disputes during consensus.
  • The category judge will be respectful, positive, and professional in their conduct.


TXSEF Judge Booklet

TXSEF Judge Score Sheet

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