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Judging Tips for Special Award Organization Judges

1. Finalists may have worked on a research project for more than one year. However, for the purpose of judging, ONLY research conducted since the last EMTSEF is to be evaluated. Although previous work is important, it is not to be considered as part of this year's EMTSEF project.

2. Examine the quality of the finalist's work, and how well the finalist understands his or her project and area of study. The physical display is secondary to the student's knowledge of the subject.

3. When research is conducted in an industrial or institutional setting, the finalist is required to include _Intel ISEF Form 1C_ with the project documentation. Judges should review in detail supervisor's comments on _Intel ISEF Form 1C_ when evaluating research conducted in an industrial or institutional setting.

4. Look for evidence of laboratory, field or theoretical work, not just library research or gadgeteering.

5. Compare projects only with those competing at the EMTSEF and not with projects seen in other competitions or scholastic events.

6. Judges should keep in mind that the EMTSEF is not only a competition, but an educational and motivating experience for the finalists. The high point of the fair experience for most of the finalists is their judging interviews.

7. When submitting the score for each finalist's project, you must enter only the cumulative score on the scan card for that finalist as discussed in the preceding section.

8. As a general rule, judges represent professional authority to finalists. For this reason, judges should use an encouraging tone when asking questions, offering suggestions or giving constructive criticism. Judges should not criticize, treat lightly, or display boredom toward projects they personally consider unimportant. Always give credit to the finalist for completing a challenging task and/or for their success in previous competitions.

Please be discreet when discussing winners or making critical comments in elevators, restaurants, or elsewhere, as finalists or adult escorts might overhear. Results are confidential until announced at the awards sessions. The Host Committee and the individual judges for both SPECIAL AWARDS and GRAND AWARDS are responsible for ensuring that all items associated with judging, with the exception of the official results certification, are collected and destroyed at the conclusion of judging. 

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