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The 2020 CSEF judging interviews will be held Thursday, April 2, 2020, so mark your calendars now! Grand Awards Judging is an all-day event and judges need to be in attendance at the CSEF from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Thank you for your interest in being a Grand Awards Judge! Registration for Grand Awards Judges is now OPEN for the 2020 Colorado Science & Engineering Fair.

We need scientists, physicians, psychologists, engineers, veterinarians, nurses, and other professionals from the fields of science, mathematics, computer science, medicine, physics, etc. to help us select the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention winners from the 2 division and 12 categories. To register as a Grand Awards Judge, your background needs to reflect the experience, education and expertise for the three categories you select on the registration form.

Undergraduate students are eligible to judge in the Junior Division (grades 6-8) categories only. Graduate students and professionals with at least a bachelor's degree are eligible to judge in the Senior Division (grades 9-12) categories, but may choose "Junior", "Senior" or "Either" division on their registration form. The awards given are based upon the CSEF Grand Awards Policy.

If you are having any difficulties with the registration process or accessing any of the Essential Documents or would like to get more information before registering, please contact Nancy Vaughan, Grand Award Judging Coordinator at GrandAwardsCSEF@gmail.com.

The following documents will be updated by March 2020 for the Thursday, April 2, 2020 CSEF. Links for the finalist's abstract review by Judges and Team Captains will be available before Friday, March 6, 2020, but all abstracts may not posted until the deadline.


2020 Grand Awards Judge's Welcome Letter

2020 Grand Awards Judging Schedule & General Information

2020 CSEF 3-Day Schedule

2020 Parking Instructions

2020 Grand Awards Judging Guide

2020 Grand Awards Guidelines/Criteria

2020 Final Junior & Senior Division Judging Teams


Finalist Abstract Database

2020 Senior Division Finalists' Abstracts (pdf)

2020 Junior Division Finalists' Abstracts (pdf)


Grand Awards Policy (from BOD Policy Handbook)

Intel ISEF/CSEF Forms (explanation of forms required for competition)

Conflict of Interest Policy (from BOD Policy Handbook)

Finalist Abstract Review Instructions

CSEF Category Descriptions

To ensure a fair judging environment and avoid any possible conflicts of interest, perceived or actual, the CSEF requests that anyone involved in any capacity with a Regional Science Fair that is affiliated with CSEF (i.e.: as a sponsor, teacher or relative of student(s) competing at the CSEF or as a judge at a school, district or regional science fair) disclose this information on the Grand Awards Judging Registration Form. All potential judges for the CSEF will be required to attest to the Conflict of Interest Policy when they submit their registration form (either on paper or online). The Grand Awards Judging Coordinator will determine your eligibility to judge at the CSEF based upon this information and this decision will be FINAL. Regional Fair Directors, Co-Directors and Assistant Directors are NOT eligible to be Grand Awards Judges. Individuals ineligible to participate as a judge will be notified by March 14th.

This is the approximate timeline for Grand Awards Judging registration, notification, captain assignments and abstract review.

  • December 1, 2019 - Grand Awards Judging Registration for 2020 Opens

  • February 16, 2020 - Initial Team Captain/Assistant Team Captain Assignments Confirmed via email

  • March 1, 2020 - Final Team Captain/Assistant Captain Assignments Confirmed via email or phone

All Team Captains must start the initial abstract review process at this time. (CSEF Finalists' Abstract Database)

  • March 1, 2020 - Grand Awards Judging Registration for 2020 Closes

  • March 6, 2020 - Finalist Abstract Submission Deadline

  • March 11, 2020 - Deadline to Recommend Project Moves by Team Captains

  • March 14, 2020 - Ineligible Grand Award Judges Notified

  • April 2, 2020 - 65th Annual CSEF Judging Interviews

Grand Awards Judges should expect to follow this schedule on the day of judging:

  • 8:45 - 9:15 a.m. - Team Captains/Assistant Captains Check-In (LSC Theater)

  • 9:15 - 9:45 a.m. - Team Captains'/Assistant Captains' Briefing (LSC Theater)

  • 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Grand Awards Judges' Check-In (LSC Theater)

  • 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. - REQUIRED Grand Awards Judges' Briefing (LSC Theater)

  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 noon - Grand Awards Judges' Luncheon (LSC Theater Lobby - buffet style)

  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Exhibit Review for Grand Awards Judges (Grand Ballroom)

  • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Exhibit Review for Grand & Special Awards Judges (Grand Ballroom)

  • 1:30 - 5:00 p.m. - Judging Interviews (Grand Ballroom)

  • 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Grand Award Judges' Team Meetings (LSC Theater)

  • 5:15 - 5:30 p.m. - Category Award Results Reported (LSC Theater)

  • 5:45 p.m. - Best of CSEF Judges' Meeting (Grand Ballroom)

  • 5:45 - 8:30 p.m. - Best of CSEF Project Presentations & Voting (Grand Ballroom)

  • 8:30 p.m. - Best of CSEF Results Reported (Grand Ballroom)

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