Judges & Volunteers

Judges and Volunteers are vital to the success of the Montana Science Fair. Please donate a few hours of your time to support young scientists!  Encourage your science colleagues (including retirees), graduate students, and science majors to participate in this exciting event.  Judging by scientists of science projects is a valuable service; it is also an excellent opportunity to engage young students (grades 6-12) in discussions about science.  Varieties of volunteer positions are also available on the day of the fair.  Judging Criteria


Judging timeslots are 11:00am-2:00pm, 11:00am-4:00pm and 11:00am-6:00pm.  Lunch is provided for all judges.

Approximately 300 judges are needed to successfully provide a positive student experience at the Montana Science Fair. 

Judging Schedule - April 3, 2023

11:00am - Judge check-in and orientation (important for new judges)
11:30am - Teams gather to coordinate judging and assign projects - Lunch provided
12:00-1:00pm - preview and examine projects without students present
1:00-1:45pm - Round 1 interviews with students (each project will be judged at least 2 times)
1:45-2:00pm - Judges confer with team to assign ribbons to projects (gold, silver, bronze)
2:00-4:00pm - Second Round Judging (Grand Awards)
4:00-6:00pm - Third Round Judging (ISEF Finalists and Special Awards)


Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Montana Science Fair!

Volunteers are critical to the success of the Science Fair as we welcome over 400 students and teachers to the University of Montana campus!

Following are some of the areas we need volunteers:

Greeting at the entrance to provide directions (6)
T-shirt distribution (4)
Sign and Safety - check projects to ensure rules and safety requirements are followed (12)
Judge check-in (2)
Ribbon distribution (10)
All-purpose floater (3)