Each UURAF category is assigned a faculty judge who is familiar with the respective field. Categories with multiple sections (i.e., biochemistry may have 4 sections of posters) will each be assigned a separate judge. We try to have one faculty judge per 6-8 students so that each judge has ample time to evaluate each project. Graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research associates, and staff members will also be visiting presentations and offering feedback to presenters. 

When providing feedback, please remember our commitment to advancing a culture of respect at MSU, and that you uphold our values for advancing student learning and success.

What to Expect at UURAF

There is a great deal of activity happening throughout the event. An information desk is located on the Concourse and is a good resource for answering questions during the in-person event.  If you have technical issues related to the virtual event site, please use the chat box. Contact the Undergraduate Research Office with questions prior to the forum.


Judges will be sent instructions by email. All judging materials will be located online. Each judge must complete their evaluations and ranking by 5:00 PM on April 14, 2023, so the Undergraduate Research staff can prepare for the award ceremony. There can only be one first-place winner within each section. If you are interested in judging, please follow the directions listed below.

Sign Up to Judge -- more information will be available in March

Judging Criteria

Presentations will be judged using the criteria listed below.  A five-point scale is used to judge each criterion: 1 = poor/not addressed; 2 = fair; 3 = good; 4 =great; and 5 = exceptional.  

  • 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 judging form

Sample oral judging form

Judging Directions

What Students can Expect from Judges

Judges will view your presentation and may ask questions about your research and scholarship. For in-person presentations, judges may ask questions at your poster or at the end of your oral or performance presentation. Some may offer feedback at the end of a session. For virtual presentations, questions may come through a chat function or a discussion session on the event website (Symposium by ForagerOne). We encourage you to respond to questions from judges and visitors promptly.


Volunteers play a vital role in helping us facilitate a successful UURAF experience for our presenters and our visitors. If you are a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, faculty, or staff member, we invite you to volunteer with the UURAF Planning Team.

We are using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize volunteers for the event.

  1. Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com:  Sign up is closed.
  2. Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like. 
  3. Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com. 

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact us and we can sign you up manually. 

Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities