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Judge Recruitment

NCSAS: Connecting Professionals with Students

The 2024 event is March 22nd, details below.

North Carolina Student Academy of Science goal is to bring STEM professionals and researchers together with students.  As a judge, you'll read their research paper in advance, watch them present their research, ask questions, and complete a judging rubric.  After presentations, judges get to eat dinner with the students.

Who can judge?  We welcome those with a bachelors degree that work in a STEM field and/or are familiar or have past familiarity with academic or industry research in STEM. For example, graduate students, educators teaching advanced STEM topics, professionals that use and apply STEM, or anyone who had advanced training/education in a STEM topic.  Part of the role of a judge is having dinner with students to share your pathways or current career in STEM.

These categories of research are judged at NCSAS: Behavioral Science || Biological Science || Biotechnology || Chemistry || Computer Science || Earth/Space Science || Environmental Science  || Mathematics || Physical Science/Physics || Technology/Engineering

About Us.    NC Student Academy of Science is affiliated with the NC Academy of Science, National Associations of Academies of Science and AAAS.  High School first place winners attend the American Junior Academy of Science at AAAS the following year.  NCSSM has served as the sponsoring organizer and fiscal agent for the NC Student Academy of Science for decades.

State Judging Process

At the State Event, students are divided by age category (middle and high school) and by topic.  Ideally we will place you in a classroom overlapping with your expertise, but NCSAS judging focuses on science communication (and explaining their methodology clearly)---and we may need you to judge another category.

Judges will receive the student papers about 5-7 days ahead of the event; judges will need to read each paper (typically 5-15 pages double spaced, depending on student) before the event.  On judging day, we will train judges on our scoring rubric and answer any questions.

Students are judged into 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place categories.  High school first place winners do not receive a cash prize, but instead are invited to attend, with support of NCSSM, the NC Science, Math, and Technology Center, and Burroughs Wellcome Fund, to attend the National American Junior Academy of Science meeting held jointly with the AAAS professional conference. 

If you have judged for a Science and Engineering Fair, this differs in students do not create a poster, and instead write a paper and present in a classroom or conference room.  Students have more opportunity to interact with judges informally. 


Note: NCSAS is separate from the North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair judging---their state competition is held the following day.

Regional Judging

Regional judging is similar but may not include informal time to meet presenters.  If you want to judge regionally, look at our regional events and contact the region director.

State Judging Timeline

January-March 12 2024.  Judge recruitment.  Judges confirm via Wild Apricot registration system.

March 14, 15, 17, 2024.  Judge Training sessions (optional)  4:15 p.m. Thursday, 8:30 a.m. Friday, and 3 p.m. Sunday.

March 16, 2024.  Judge update and tentative placement.  Judges receive papers by this date.

March 22 2024.  Event at NCSSM in Durham, NC.  Judges arrive before 3:30 p.m. with judging until 8 p.m.  Judge training is 3:30 p.m.  Those that completed optional judge training or judged last year can arrive before  4 p.m.  We welcome judges to stay for the ceremony 8-9 PM to congratulate the winners.

Parking Capacity.  Due to multiple events and our boarding school students checking out, you will likely need to park west or south of campus in on-street parking.  Judges will check into the ETC Building lobby (campus map).  

Volunteer to Judge / Judge Support

Past judges can re-register.  New judges click the button below THEN click registration and select the judge role.

  • *new for 2024* NCSAS can provide a letter to recognize your service.

  • *new for 2024* For our graduate students, we will ask if you need transportation support.  We have helped to arrange carpooling or reimburse rideshares. 

Parking is free at the NCSSM campus and surrounding neighborhoods.

NCSSM Campus Location

The state NC Student Academy of Science event is held at the NC School of Science and Math Durham campus near Duke University.  The 2024 event is scheduled to be held in-person in Durham.   

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