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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 2015 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.

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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.

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History Fair Judge’s Scoring Rationale

Student 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.

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Judging Worksheets

Click below to download Junior and Senior Project Evaluation Worksheets

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Judging Scorecards

Click below to download Junior and Senior Scorecards

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