Each UURAF category is assigned a faculty judge who is familiar with the respective field. Categories with multiple sections (i.e., Engineering may have three separate sections of posters) will each be assigned a separate judge. We try to have one faculty judge per 10-12 students so that each judge has ample time to evaluate and discuss each program entry.
What to expect on the day of the event?
Judges will be given nametags so you can identify them. If you're presenting a poster, the faculty judge will walk around the room and evaluate your research poster. Each poster has been assigned a program number, and the judge will look for that number on the easel. For oral presentations, the faculty judge will sit in the audience and will evaluate your program. Judges may ask you questions about your research and scholarship. Some may offer feedback at the end of a session.
Graduate Student Evaluators
Graduate student volunteers will also be visiting both oral and poster presentations and offering feedback to presenters. Graduate evaluators' feedback is intended to supplement that of faculty judges but is not included when determining category winners.
Faculty judges take the following criteria into consideration when evaluating UURAF programs:
- Delivery: The presentation was organized and delivered in a clear, engaging, and professional manner.
- Comprehensibility: The presentation could be understood by an educated but non-expert audience.
- Significance: The presenter explained the significance of the work, and how the work contributes to broader research on the subject area.
- Elements: The presenter adequately addressed the project's essential elements (e.g., introduction, literature review, conceptual framework, methods, and analysis).
- Current status: The presenter effectively illustrated the current status of the project (e.g., results obtained, discussion of findings).
- Visual aids: The visual aids were appropriate, effectively used, and appealing.