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April 11 - 13, 2019 at Colorado State University - Fort Collins
2019 CSEF Tentative Schedule

The 2019 CSEF judging interviews will be held Thursday, April 11th, so mark your calendars now! Grand Award 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 Award Judge! Registration is currently CLOSED for the 2019 CSEF, but will open December 1, 2018, so check back soon.

We are in need of all types of folks (scientists, engineers, educators, physicians, veterinarians, nurses, psychologists, graduate students, other professionals, retirees, etc.) from the fields of science, mathematics, computer science, medicine, physics, etc. to help select the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Place and Honorable Mention winners from the 2 division and 12 categories. To register as a Grand Award 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 2019 for the Thursday, April 11, 2019 CSEF. Links for the finalist's abstract review by Judges and Team Captains will be available before Friday, March 15, 2018, but all abstracts may not posted until the deadline.


2019 Grand Award Judge's Welcome Letter

2019 Grand Award Judging Schedule & General Information

2019 CSEF 3-Day Schedule

2019 Parking Instructions

2019 Grand Award Judging Guide

2019 Grand Award Guidelines/Criteria

2019 Preliminary Junior Senior Division Judging Teams


2019 Finalist Abstract Database

2019 Senior Division Finalists' Abstracts (pdf)

2019 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 CSER 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 Award 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 Award Judges. Individuals ineligible to participate as a judge will be notified by March 21st.

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

  • December 1, 2018 - Grand Award Judging Registration for 2019 Opens

  • March 1, 2019 - Grand Award Judging Registration for 2019 Closes

  • March 4, 2019 - Initial Team Captain/Assistant Team Captain Assignments Confirmed via email

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

  • March 9, 2019 - Final Team Captain/Assistant Captain Assignments Confirmed via email or phone.

  • March 15, 2019 - Finalist Abstract Submission Deadline

  • March 20, 2019 - Deadline to Recommend Project Moves by Team Captains

  • March 21, 2019 - Ineligible Grand Award Judges Notified

  • April 11, 2019 - 64th Annual CSEF Judging Interviews

Grand Award 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 Award Judges' Check-In (LSC Theater)

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

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

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

  • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Exhibit Review for Grand & Special Award 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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