Call for Judges for the annual Graduate Exhibition

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Graduate Exhibition Subcommittee of Graduate Council is seeking judges for the 27th annual Graduate Exhibition. Each year, more than 200 students participate in the exhibition and more than 150 judges are needed. Judges may include faculty, staff, postdocs, graduate students, alumni and members of the local community. Volunteers who are willing to participate as judges should complete the registration form at online.

The Graduate Exhibition begins at 7 p.m. Friday, March 23 in Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I, on the University Park campus, with musical and theatrical performances by graduate students who are pursuing advanced degrees in the performing arts. From noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, in the HUB-Robeson Center, graduate students enrolled in diverse fields of study will present their research and talk about its significance to the public. Also, at the same time on Sunday in the HUB Gallery, graduate students for whom creating studio work is a required part of their degree program will present their work in the visual arts exhibition. Judging of the research and visual arts presentations will occur between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

No previous judging experience is required; however, prior to the events, judges are expected to attend a briefing session. The briefing session for judges of the performances will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, March 23, in the Music Building and the briefing session for judges of the research and visual arts presentations will be held at 10 a.m., Sunday, March 25, in the HUB-Robeson Center.

"As to the Grad Exhibition, I'm a regular," said George Young, professor of meteorology. "The chance to present is important to the students. Likewise, I value the chance for me to wander the hall after judging and chat with the three or four students wildly outside my field who have some major new idea that I can exploit in my own work. Thus, I'm always plugging for the administration to remind the students to stay by their posters till 3 p.m., even if they've seen all their judges. The chance to pick the cream from 200-plus bright minds is the big payback for me. I've even ended up doing collaborative research with a psychology student based on what I learned at her poster."

More information for judges and the judging criteria can be found at online. For additional information about the Graduate Exhibition, visit or call 814-865-2516.

Last Updated February 06, 2012