This event is not possible without the efforts of our volunteer judges – faculty members, research mentors, UMBC alumni, and industry or government colleagues who are avid supporters of undergraduate research and have advanced degrees and backgrounds in the sciences.

Thank you in advance for your contribution to this event and for remembering that this symposium is a professional learning event for new researchers who will benefit from your experience, encouragement, and positive guidance.

  • Attend Judges’ Meeting before each Poster Session for which they are assigned to judge.
  • Complete evaluation for each poster in the group for which they are assigned.
  • Collaborate with other judge(s) assigned to the same group to select first and second place presenters.
  • Submit selections for winners to awards coordinator.

Note: When assigning judges to each group, efforts are made to avoid any conflict of interest between the presenters and the judges. We ask that any judge who finds they have been assigned to a group where there is a conflict of interest notify the event coordinator promptly and recuse themselves from judging. The event coordinator will find an alternative judge for the group.

Judge Registration

Those interested in volunteering to be a judge for the upcoming Undergraduate Research Symposium are encouraged to register as early a possible.
Requirements: All judges must have advanced degrees in science.

To sign up to be a judge, simply indicate this on the registration form, and provide the requested information about sub-disciplines for which you would be willing to review posters and your availability.

All individuals interested in judging are asked to complete the advanced registration form by Midnight EDT on Sunday, September 29, 2019.

Judging assignments will be sent out via e-mail the week before the event.

If you have questions, please e-mail symposium@umbc.edu.