The Senior division is divided into a number of categories. Senior division judges will be part of a judge group that will judge one or more categories.
Unlike the Elementary and Junior divisions, Senior division judges will get to interview the students. Also, MSEF Senior division awards are based on merit. This means that some categories with projects may have no MSEF awards given to students in the category if none meet the judges requirements for Honorable Mention (the lowest award). Likewise, awards are given with respect to categories, not the judge group. Finally, Senior division judges will need to determine the Grand Prize winner and runner ups, based on the 1st place award winners of each category.
We try to restrict the number of 1st place awards per category to one. We have given more than one under special circumstances.
Senior division judges will be given access to the students' research plans and abstracts prior to the fair. These will be on display with the projects but we highly recommend that judges check this out before the Sunday judging sessions.
Senior division judges will also be asked for feedback for a number of special awards. These are category dependent and are also awarded on merit. They are not given if there are no projects that meet the necessary criteria.
Senior division judges will be provided with a judge board that includes rating and result sheets as well as information on any special awards. Each judge group will have a head judge who will hand in the final results. These will be determined by the group.
It is critical that the student interview process be as positive as possible. The range of expertise among the participants may vary greatly from those well versed in their field and able to deal with interviews with adults. Others will be new to the process as well as new to the field of research they have chosen.
All recommendations, criticism and comments need to be given in the most positive manner possible. A good way to provide feedback is to recommend future avenues and methods of research. Detrimental comments should never be given to the student. Any major negative feedback should be routed to the fair director who can contact the student's teacher or mentor.
Students should not be given any indication of award consideration. They will be expected to attend the award ceremony where all awards will be announced.
Judges should determine the student's level of expertise and involvement with their project and research. We do not allow team projects but students may participate in larger or assigned projects where they are doing their own work and presenting their own results. Students should be rated based on their work including the quality and complexity of the project.
In theory, Senior division students should be doing new research. In practice, many will be repeating well known experiments or projects. These will usually not warrant a first place award but a well executed project may be worth an Honorable Mention or more.
Projects should not be discounted just because they generate negative results. This is a reasonable result. Judges will have to consider the initial hypothesis as well as how the experiment was constructed and executed.
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