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Judge registration for the 2024 SASEF fair will open on September 5th!


Each year, SASEF needs about 100 category and special award judges. In the past, scientists, engineers, and teachers in and around Knoxville have participated. Most judges work in pairs.

If you have never been a judge but would like more information about joining our team of volunteers, please read through the information below. If you have further questions please contact Micholas Smith at

Judges Guide

Read through this Judge’s Guide to learn more about the judging expectations, project categories, awards, and a tentative schedule for judging day.

Judging Rubric

Here is the 2024 SASEF Judging Rubric for this year’s fair.

Timeline for Judges


Contacted by judge supervisor


Register online as a judge (at this time you indicate your preferences for judging – age group, discipline, etc.)

End of February

Student applications due


Judge assignments completed and judges notified

Judging Day

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

  • 12:30-1:00 pm: Judge assembly for instructions
  • 1:00-1:15 pm: Welcome and announcements
  • 1:15-3:00 pm: Judges only on the judging floor (no students present)
  • 3:00-5:00 pm: Judges interview students
  • 5:00-7:00 pm: Judges submit score sheets, judges for each category meet to choose category winner and recommend projects for higher awards
  • 7:00-9:00 pm: Lead judges meet to select final winners
Awards Ceremony

The Awards Ceremony will held on Tuesday, April 2, 2024

All judges are invited to the Awards Ceremony!