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For information on the 2020 Student Research Conference, visit the Updates page.


Information for Judges

Current WKU faculty and staff, retired WKU faculty and staff, WKU alumni volunteers, and community members are invited to volunteer to be judges.  Judges are integral to the success of the WKU Student Research Conference. A team of two-three judges is assigned to collectively evaluate about six graduate or undergraduate student presentations/posters per session using a standard rubric. The team of judges then selects a winner for each conference session.

Judges typically are assigned one session to evaluate, but we welcome judges who can evaluate multiple sessions.  The typical commitment is about two hours per session, freeing judges to enjoy the rest of the conference.

This year we renew our focus on interdisciplinary communication. Every student at this year’s conference will have the experience of presenting to judges from outside of their home department. We hope this experience will help students think more carefully about their research and to find connections with people beyond their discipline.

Judges provide our students with a supportive, friendly learning atmosphere for growth at the conference. Judges’ roles include serving as a listening audience and providing or facilitating a meaningful conversation about the student’s scholarly endeavor. Judges also provide constructive, evaluative scoring (and optional written feedback) that is given to students’ mentors after the conference for mentors to deliver to presenters. While we celebrate the best of session awards, our conference strives to primarily celebrate and showcase the range of research and creative activity pursued by WKU students and to prepare them for their next professional presentation.

Online Judge Volunteer Form

We seek volunteer judges from the following groups:

  • Current WKU faculty and staff
  • Retired WKU faculty and staff
  • WKU alumni volunteers
  • Community members.

Judges' Materials

Prior to the conference, judges are required to review the Judges' orientation materials and Student Evaluation Rubric.

Judges' orientation

(judges must review before the conference)

Student Evaluation Rubric
(hard copies typically provided the day of the conference; no hard copies provided for the 2020 virtual conference)


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.  Refreshments are available through the day for judges.  A lunch voucher is provided to all judges for use on the day of the conference in Fresh Food Company.

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 Last Modified 5/11/20