Faculty, retired faculty, staff, alumni, and community members who volunteer to be judges are integral to the success of the WKU Student Research Conference. Typically two-to-three judges are assigned to team-judge a session of around six student presentations. This team of judges scores graduate and undergraduate students' presentations, posters, performances, exhibits, and videos and has the opportunity to provide written feedback. The team of judges then select winners of each conference session.
Judges are usually only assigned one session to judge. Typical commitments are around 2 hours, freeing judges to enjoy the rest of the conference.
Prior to the conference, judges should review the information provided below pertaining to judging procedures, judging duties, and criteria for evaluating student presentations.
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Upon arriving at the conference, judges register and pick up their packets outside the judges' room in DSU 3029. That room is reserved as a quiet space for judges to meet and deliberate.
In the event more judges volunteer than are required, the WKU Student Research Council will assign and appoint judges. All other volunteers would still be welcomed to attend and participate in the conference.