Judge Information

Providing feedback for our undergraduate research presenters is easy. Here is what happens: 

  1. ICRU assigns each judge to three posters based on preferences listed on their registration form. 
  2. If they want, judges can find the presenter/title/abstract information for their assigned poster on the ICRU website.
    • ODD numbered posters present during the first hour from 4:00-5:00pm. During the first hour, ONLY the odd numbered posters will be visible.
    • At 5:00, each poster board will turned around to display ONLY even numbered posters.
    • EVEN numbered posters will be presented during the second hour from 5:00-6:00pm.
  3. Judges show up at the event during the hour that their presenters. At check-in, judges receive paper judging forms or a link to electronic judging forms.
  4. Judges spend the hour talking to their assigned presenters and any other presenters they would like to visit with. They submit or turn in forms before leaving.
  5. ICRU sends judges a thank-you note and anything that you might need to record your help. 

**If you are unable to attend the event, please let the ICRU office know as soon as possible, even if it is the day of.  It is easier to reassign posters before the event than during.

ICRU's goal for judges is to help presenters evaluate their own presentation skills, knowledge of the project, and ability to communicate to different audiences. We also hope that judges can pass on a little of their expertise to help presenters improve their skills. Helpful things to keep in mind:

  1. Judges are asked to provide helpful, constructive feedback, including what can be done to better the presentation.
  2. Many presenters have never had a chance to present. This opportunity helps prepare them for large conferences specific to their field.  
  3. Most are working on part of a mentor’s project and do not have control over things like area of focus, research set-up, methodology, etc. 
  4. Presenters are judged on appropriate visual presentation, narrative skills, and overall public speaking skills for a diverse audience.  The feedback rubric reflects this. 
  5. Some presenters have non-traditional posters given their are of study. The rubric is set to evaluate their visual presentation on its effectiveness. 
  6. There are no set questions judges need to ask presenters. The opportunity to answer questions and give an "elevator pitch" is usually enough. 
  7. Feedback rubrics will be sent to the students via email or campus mail to their faculty/staff mentor’s offices.
  8. Written comments are far more helpful to presenters than numeric values. Please consider focusing on comments rather than worrying as much about numbers.

Basic Event Information for Judges

  1. The event starts at 4:00pm and runs until 6:00pm. Judges only need to be there for their assigned posters.
  2. Feedback rubrics are available electronically or at the check in table on the 2nd floor of the UCC (Old Cap Mall). Signs will be posted.  
  3. Please bring something to write with and if you would like, something to “lean on” like a clipboard or notebook.
  4. The Seminar Room in the University Conference Center will be available as a quiet writing space for judges.
  5. Feedback rubrics can be returned to the check-in table. We also encourage judges to leave feedback for any presenters they may talk to outside of their assigned numbers.

Presenters are given the following information in regards to talking about their work. It might help judges to know what presenter's benchmarks should be:  

  1. ICRU's goal is to provide you with a venue to tell your research, creative, or performance story in a clear and succinct, yet dynamic manner, to a diverse audience.  
  2. A presenter's goal is to create a compelling narrative about their work.
    • Your visuals and story don't need to be fancy or complicated. They need to get your story across.
    • By effectively translating complex/technical research into accessible language, researchers can better inform, educate, and inspire any audience they meet.
  3. FURF and SURF audiences are not discipline specific. Give visitors a short, relatable story about your work and why it is important.
    • Aim for a brief (~1 minute) overview in language appropriate for a general audience. You can always get more specific later.
    • Emphasize the point(s) you want them to remember.  
    • You want to invite a conversation. Try to gauge interest and knowledge levels through their questions. 
    •  Be relatable: Why should I care about your work?  Does your work impact my life?  Why is it interesting and important to your field?