Judging Criteria

At every level of the competition, each competitor will be assessed on the three judging criteria listed below. Please note that each criterion is equally weighted and has an emphasis on audience —  this is not about “best” scientific project (if one could judge such a thing), but rather whether the information and knowledge gained through a project is transmitted effectively.

1.  Communication
• Did the presenter use language and terminology that was clear and understandable?
• Was the pace of the talk effective?
• Did the presenter use non-verbal communication (i.e. eye contact, voice modulation, body language, etc.) effectively?
• Did the slide enhance, rather than detract from, the talk – was it clear, legible, and concise?

2.  Comprehension
• Did the talk help you to understand the scholarly research and creativity?
• Did the presenter clearly outline the nature and purpose of the scholarly research and creativity?
• Did the presenter clearly indicate what is interesting about the scholarly research and creativity?
• Did the talk follow a logical sequence?

3.  Engagement
• Was the talk engaging?
• Did the talk inspire you to want to know more?
• Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their work?
• Did the presenter capture and maintain your attention?