Judges needed as Undergraduate Exhibition entries reach new high

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A record 170 posters are entered in the 2013 Undergraduate Exhibition, more than a 35 percent increase over last year. Judges play an important role in the event, providing entrants the opportunity to present and discuss their research. More than 150 judges are needed this year to assure coverage for all participants. The exhibition, open to undergraduate students at all Penn State campuses, will take place April 10, in the HUB-Robeson Center at University Park.

The Office of Undergraduate Education is seeking faculty and graduate student volunteers to serve as judges in six poster entry categories: Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Health and Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Course-based Projects in all disciplines. The need for judges is especially great in the life sciences area where half of the posters are entered. Individuals willing to serve as a judge should complete the Judge Volunteer Form and submit the form electronically.

Volunteers choose the time and category(ies) for judging. Each judging session spans a 90-minute period (9:30-11 a.m.; 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 12:30-2 p.m.) in which each judge is given approximately three posters to review. Most judges find that a total of about 45 minutes is required to complete the judging. The students will be available through the 90-minute session so judging can take place at any time during that period. A judge need not stay the entire 90 minutes. 

Judges will be contacted by the Office of Undergraduate Education in late March with judging times and procedures, poster assignments and abstracts. Information about the Undergraduate Exhibition can be found at www.undergradresearch.psu.edu.

Questions may be directed to Mary Beth Crowe, assistant vice president and assistant dean for Undergraduate Education, 814-863-1864 or mbc5@psu.edu.

Last Updated April 30, 2013