Dr. Lina Merchan, Chair

Over the years, the key element in the success of the Savannah State University-Savannah Regional Science and Engineering Fair (SSU-RSEF) has been the quality, dedication, and technical expertise of our judges. We have been honored to have so many generously give of their time to assure that all of the projects are fairly judged and the best category winners are selected to represent the science and engineering achievements of the youth in our region.

Our affiliation with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) requires that we group projects into 20 categories requiring judges with specific knowledge and expertise. We estimate we will need approximately 120 volunteers to serve as category judges to maintain the excellence in the program that we have enjoyed over the past few years. In addition to requesting volunteers to serve as category judges, we will need 20 category judges who are also willing to serve as head category judges.

Judging Categories
Category Judge Head Category Judge
Qualifications Knowledge from college education or work experience in an area related to one or more project categories
  • B.A., B.S., or Master's Degree relative to the category with sufficient related work experience


  • PhD, M.D., or Equivalent (D.O., Ed.D., D.D.S., D.V.M, etc.)


  • 15 or more years of related work experience.
  • Assess the merit of middle/high school level projects in a category
  • Fill out standardized rubric to determine a score for each project evaluated
  • Participate in category group discussion to determine a winner of a category
  • Perform same duties as category judges
  • Collect responses from category judges
  • Lead group discussion to determine a consensus on the winner for a specific category

If you have not already done so, please register to be a judge in the 2019 Fair and additionally indicate if you would like to be considered for a head category judge.

Further information on project categories and our judging methodology and scoring criteria can be found under the resources link.