2016 Judge Registration Information

Thank you for desiring to be a Judge at the 2016 Synopsys Alameda County Science & Engineering Fair co-sponsored by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

All potential judges (returning from previous years and new) need to complete this short application as we are switching to a new system.

ALL judges receive FREE parking, brief training session, food/drinks throughout the day at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA 94566. Information will be emailed to you regarding schedule, parking and additional next steps - no later than 2 weeks prior to Saturday March 12, 2016.

By registering all judges are agreeing to this code of ethics:

I hereby acknowledge that by submitting this application, I agree to serve as a judge for the Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair (ACSEF).
I agree to act in a positive and ethical manner in which each student encountered is treated fairly and respectfully. Privileged information or ideas that are obtained through my volunteer service will be kept confidential by me and I will not use such information or ideas nor disclose such information or ideas to third parties.
I understand that my judging comments related to student projects will remain confidential unless I agree by checking the box on the project judging form to allow ACSEF to release the comments to the student for the purpose of improving the student researcher's skills for future projects.

I agree to disclose all conflicts, potential conflicts and perceived conflicts of interest resulting from direct competitive, collaborative or other relationships with any of the students and to recuse myself from judging in such circumstances.
I agree to decline and report any offer of payment or other consideration of value. I understand that in the event I do not bring conflict of interest to the attention of the judging coordinator that all scores, comments, discussion, etc. related to student(s) will be voided. I furthermore understand I will not be invited to judge projects in the future.

I acknowledge that I have read and agree to abide by the harassment policy protecting all ACSEF participants including staff and judges from harassment and sexual harassment by another ACSEF participant or other person for any reason including, but not limited to: age, national origin, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, ancestry and/or veteran status and understand ACSEF responsibility to investigate such claims.

In conclusion, I agree to notify ACSEF Judging Coordinator immediately if I become aware of any circumstance that would potentially compromise my ability to attend the event or evaluate finalists' projects.

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    High School Judging Categories

    There are 10 High School judging categories. Below are descriptions including sub categories 1. Behavioral Science (BE) - The science or study of the thought processes and behavior of humans and other animals in their interactions with the environment studied through observational and experimental methods. Including: clinical or developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, physiological psychology, sociology. 2. Biological Science (BS) - This is an interdisciplinary field that studies the structure, function, intracellular pathways, and formation of cells. Studies involve understanding life and cellular processes specifically at the molecular level. The study of the chemical substances and vital processes occurring in living organisms, the processes by which these substances enter into, or are formed in, the organisms and react with each other and the environment. including biology, biochemistry & metabolism, structural biochemistry, cellular & molecular biology, microbiology. Subcategories:Cell Physiology, Genetics, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology 3. Plant Sciences (BOT) - Study of plant life. Including plant: ecology, agronomy, horticulture, taxonomy, physiology, development, photosynthesis, pathology, genetics, systematics, evolution, hydroponics, algae, etc. 4. Physical Science (PS) - including the study of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, clean transport, and alternative fuels, physical science, physics, earth science, planetary science, astronomy. This does NOT include Chemistry (see Chemistry (CH) #9) 5. Medicine and Health (MH)- This category focuses on studies specifically designed to address issues of human health and disease. It includes studies on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention or epidemiology of disease and other damage to the human body or mental systems. Includes studies of normal functioning and may investigate internal as well as external factors such as feedback mechanisms, stress or environmental impact on human health and disease. Subcategories: Disease Diagnosis, Disease Treatment, Drug Development and Testing, Epidemiology, Nutrition, Physiology and Pathology. 6. Environmental Science and Environmental Management (ENV) -The analysis of existing conditions of the environment including air/soil/water pollution and air/soil/water quality, and/or The study of managing mans' interaction with the environment including: bioremediation, ecosystems management, environmental engineering, land resource management, forestry, recycling, waste management. 7. Engineering (EG) - This includes Robotics. The application of scientific and mathematical principles to practical ends such as the design, manufacture, and operation of efficient and economical machines and systems. Including engineering, chemical, civil, construction, electrical & mechanical engineering, materials science and bio-engineering. A prototype(s) or detailed design of prototype(s) is required. 8.Chemistry (CH) - Studies in which chemical properties are observed. Some studies involving physical properties are appropriate, including phase changes, crystal structures and formation, intermolecular and intra-molecular forces. 9. Computer Science including Bioinformatics (CM): Studies that primarily focus on the discipline and techniques of computer science and mathematics as they relate to biological or physical systems. This includes the development and application of data-analytical and theoretical methods, mathematical modeling and computational simulation techniques to the study of biological, behavior, and social systems, Genomics 10. Energy - chemical and physical. (ECP) Alternative Fuels, computational energy science, fossil fuel energy, fuel cells and battery development, microbial fuel cells, solar power, hydro power, sustainable design, thermal power, wind.
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    New Judge Middle School Judging Categories

    There are 8 Middle School judging categories.
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