PPRSEF Judging Information


The judging manual for 2020 is online! Click for the PDF.

The judging forms for 2020 are in the judging manual (above) and are virtually unchanged from 2019.

The competitor abstract booklet for 2020 is online. Click for the PDF.

The day-of-Fair booklet for 2020 is online. Click for the PDF.

If the Fair is postponed, you will see a notice here and you will get email by 7:00am. A makeup date (in case of snow) will be posted as soon it's firmed up.

The Regional Science & Engineering Fair is not the same fair as various local and elementary Science Fairs - check for conflicts with other judging obligations by comparing the events' dates.

PPRSEF 2020 Location: UCCS Centennial Hall (formerly the Science Building) & University Center (map).

PPRSEF 2020 Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 .

NEW SCHEDULE THIS YEAR: Registration/donuts starts at 8:10, an hour later than previous years. Judges should be in the auditorium by 8:30. Non-finalist judges should plan to stay until about 3:00 pm. Finalist judges should plan to stay until 4:00 pm.

Category Judges

Veteran category judges (who determine first, second, third, etc. in the various categories) need their personalizeed web-URL for registration. Email Rob at rob.kolstad@gmail.com if you don't have yours.

We hope you will consider judging for the PPRSEF. It's great fun; you'll appreciate youth (especially your own); you'll make a difference in several youngster's careers.

NEW JUDGES: REGISTER HERE if you've never registered as a category judge before and are ready to register now.

Questions/comments to Rob Kolstad, rob.kolstad@gmail.com.

Special Awards Judges

The Special Awards Judges who, at our fair, are different sets of judges from the "Category Judges" should contact Tami Kruse at tami.kruse@gmail.com.


The 2019-2020 Fair will again be hosted at UCCS (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs) at the Student Center (map). All judges will fit nicely into the auditorium with its excellent acoustics and privacy for training and introductions. Projects are in Berger Hall (the former gymnasium) of the Student Center, just as in previous years. Park in Lot 4 (or any other non-restricted lot); follow the signs. Free parking.


Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. Saturday at UCCS. Please don't come early! We'll still be setting up! Follow the signs; it's almost impossible to get lost. Coffee and doughnuts will be served at 8:15. An in-depth orientation begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. Judging finishes around 3:00 or so. We will serve lunch for all judges.
8:15 a.m.-8:30 a.m.Judges' Registration (in JUDGES' HQ)
8:30 a.m.-9:50 a.m.Judges' Orientation (in JUDGES' HQ)
8:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m.Entrants set up projects
8:50 a.m.-8:55 a.m.Meet outside contestants' competition room to get schedule
10:00 a.m.-...First round of judging
[lunchtime]Free lunch for all judges
... -2:45 p.m.Final rounds of judging
2:50 p.m.-Judging deliberations for many judges
2:50 p.m.Non-finalist Judges dismissed
2:50 p.m.-4:00 p.m.Public exhibition of projects
~4:00 p.mFinalist judges dismissed (after deliberations)
4:00 p.m.Students dismissed
Awards presentation is Tuesday evening at Colorado College.

Category Judges: Senior and Junior Judging

Judges will interview all exhibitors. This year's judges will work as individuals. Throughout the day, each judge will see about ten projects -- it's a nonstop process except for lunch. Each project will be seen by numerous judges -- the project score will be averaged with others. Some projects are `group' projects and include two or three students instead of just one.

The new scheme of limiting the student's introductory presentation has eased pretty much all of the time pressures from the nominally 25 minute/project judging process.

About half of the judges will be asked to stay a bit longer to refine the judges' scores into places in each of the various divisions. Then a few of those judges will refine those places into overall Fair winners.

Conflict of Interest Avoidance

The new millenium brings with it increased sensitivity to conflicts of interest. To avoid even the appearance of any kind of conflict, judges will be asked to report any personal conflict of interest and ask for reassignment (e.g., judging their own child's or neighbor's project). Teachers are asked to judge `down' one division (i.e., high school teachers judge junior high school projects) or work in the back office.

Dress Code

Please wear clothes that are at least as formal as "business casual". Please avoid blue jeans and shirts that don't have at least a couple buttons. Dress military uniforms are always in style though not required.


If you have not judged before, please register.

If you have judged for Rob Kolstad in the past, you have a record in our database. An E-mail with your ID number and the URL to use to access your record has already been sent to you. Call Rob Kolstad at 719-481-6542 or email him at <rob.kolstad@gmail.com> if you need assistance getting to your web registration form.

On the information form, we need to know which areas you enjoy judging most. We need your phone number to contact you as you change e-mail address or have other issues to discuss. Mobile phone numbers are welcome. This info is never shared outside the Fair except for the quite rare request for judges from nearby Fairs (and then only name/email).

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