Judges will have the opportunity to check out the research plans and abstracts for the Junior and Senior divisions. This can be done because the students have posted this information online and the judges should have their division and category assignments. We do not do this for the Elementary division at this time because of how the Elementary division is judged and how the Elementary judges are allocated.
Junior and Senior division judges will be able to view the research plans and abstracts only after they have logged in. They are not accessible to others although a student will have access to their own application that includes the research plan and abstract. Check out the Judges/Research Plans and Abstracts menu item.
Projects are not soley judged on this information and each project will have their research plan and abstract on display. Early access to the information is designed to help streamline the judging process by providing judges with more time to evaluate the projects. They can make notes based on this information that may allow them to more quickly evaluate the display board or to prepare questions for the Senior division interviews.
Note, reseach plans should be available early since they must be done before the project is started. Abstracts are done after the project has been completed so they may not be available until just before the fair.