Volunteer Judges

Help Students Make History: Become a History Fair Judge

The Chicago Metro History Education Center (CMHEC) invites you to serve as a judge at a 2016 History Fair event. As a judge, you will evaluate historical research projects—documentaries, performances, exhibits, websites, or research papers on topics related to Chicago history—produced by local students in grades 6-8 or 9-12. Register online or download a print registration form.

No previous experience or specialized degree in history or education are necessary. All you need is an appreciation for student effort, an interest in history, and a commitment to quality education. On the day of the History Fair event, you will receive a full orientation and each new History Fair judge will be paired with an experienced judge.

Judging Orientation

The Judging Orientation page helps new judges evaluate scores and leave good comments on projects by providing a quick overview of the methodology.

History Fair Judge’s Scoring Rationale

scoring rationaleStudent projects are evaluated by a team of two "judges." The judges are volunteers who come from all walks of life—the common denominators are their commitment to quality education and respect for students. While there is a subjective nature to the judging process, CMHEC seeks to create a fair and objective environment by giving an orientation to judges on the day of the competition; asking judges to consult each other after the projects have been reviewed; and averaging their scores. Scores are not allowed to be more than 10 points apart. Judges are given the criteria, below, on which they base their scores.

Judging Worksheets

Click below to download Junior and Senior Project Evaluation Worksheets

Judging Scorecards

Click below to download Junior and Senior Scorecards

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