A UURAF presenter discusses her poster with a faculty judge.

Judging

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 8-10 students so that each judge has ample time to evaluate and discuss each program entry.

What to Expect at UURAF

JUDGES

Upon check-in on the 2nd Floor Concourse, you will receive a packet of information, including your judging sheet and directions. Proceed to your assigned location to begin viewing presentations. You will evaluate presentations according to the criteria listed below. A five-point scale is used to score each criterion. Points are added up to determine a total score. NOTE: there can only be one first-place winner in your section. Once you have determined a winner, bring your judging sheet back to the check-in table. Please return your sheet as soon as possible after your session has ended so we can prepare the winner's information for the UURAF Awards Ceremony.

STUDENTS

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 poster 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 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. Upon check-in on the 2nd Floor Concourse, you will receive a packet of information, including a nametag and evaluation directions. Proceed to your assigned location to begin viewing presentations. You will evaluate presentations according to the criteria listed below. Your feedback will be emailed to students after the event.

Judging Criteria

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.

Sample poster evaluation form

Sample oral evaluation form