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.

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. Contact the Undergraduate Research Office with questions during and prior to the forum.


Judges will be emailed their judging packet. Each packet contains a list of students to evaluate and directions. All presentations are pre-recorded and can be accessed at any time during UURAF.  Each judge must complete their evaluations and ranking by 11:59 PM on April 19th, so the staff can prepare the information for the award ceremony. There can only be one first-place winner within each section. If you are a faculty member interested in judging please contact our office at ugrsrch@msu.edu.

What Students can Expect from Judges

Judges will view your virtual presentation and may ask you questions about your research and scholarship through a chat function of the virtual forum. We encourage you to respond to questions from judges and visitors on a daily basis.

Judging Criteria

Oral and poster 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 evaluation form

Sample oral evaluation form


Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research associates, staff members, and other volunteers will also be visiting presentations and offering feedback to presenters. Evaluators' feedback is intended to supplement that of faculty judges, but is not included when determining category winners. Evaluators will also be emailed an information packet. Each packet contains a list of students to evaluate and directions. All presentations are pre-recorded and can be accessed at any time during UURAF.  Evaluations must be completed by 11:59 PM on April 19th. We have created a survey for your to provide feedback to each student. You will need to enter the students presentation number into the on-line survey and will answer a series of questions about each presentation. If you have questions, please contact the Undergraduate Research Office by email at ugrsrch@msu.edu or by phone at 517-884-4384.


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.