Sign Up to Judge
Please indicate your interest in judging at the student poster session by checking the appropriate box on your online JMM registration.
Then, fill out the judge application, and we will get back to you shortly.
Expectations for Judges
1. Register to be a judge.
We need approximately 300 judges for the 2015 poster session! Please sign up so we know how we are doing, and spread the word to other colleagues who might be interested.
2. Attend the Judges' Orientation Session on Friday, January 8, 2016, 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m in Room Tahoma 4 (located on Tahoma, Level 3 of the Conference Center). While we request that first-time judges attend and encourage all judges to do so, this session is not required. You will pick up your packet and find out which posters you are judging here. If you are unable to attend this session, you can get your packet at the poster session itself.
3. Attend the MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session on Friday, January 8, 2016, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Hall 4F, 4th Floor, Washington State Convention Center.
Judges will each evaluate between 2 and 4 posters. Note that 3:30-4:30 is for judges only, and general viewing will begin at 4:30. See the links below for evaluation criteria and other information.
Download the 2015 judging guidelines.
Feedback: Please keep in mind that the purpose of this session is to give students experience presenting their work and feedback on their efforts. The most valuable responses they get are your written notes in the top section of the evaluation form, so we thank you for taking the time to write these short comments.
Scoring: You will be asked to rate six questions on content and presentation with a score between 1 and 5. Each student will receive a total score out of 30 points.
A sample evaluation form is available here.
We ask that you remember that the subject of the project was most likely chosen by the advisor and the mathematical content may be a factor of the topic. The answers to questions are particularly important. You should feel free to ask questions of the student(s) on their topic.
An envelope with the poster abstracts and location of the poster assigned to you along with instructions and evaluation forms will be given to you at the Judge Orientation, which is Friday, January 8 from noon to 1:00 p.m. (the same day as the poster session).
Do I need to register for JMM as well?
Yes, all judges should also register for JMM via the regular registration process.
How long does the judging take?
This varies according to personal preferences of the individual judge. You probably want to spend at least 10 to 15 minutes with each poster to fully understand the project and to assess answers to mathematical questions.
When is the Judges Orientation Session?
The orientation session is Friday, January 8 from noon to 1:00 p.m. You will check in, pick up your evaluation forms, and listen to a brief description of your role.
Do I need to go to the Judges Orientation Session?
While we request that first-time judges attend and encourage all judges to do so, this session is not required. You will pick up your packet and find out which posters you are judging here. If you are unable to attend this session, you can get your packet at the poster session itself.
What criteria do I follow for judging a poster?
The judging criteria can be found at the top of this page.
How many posters will I be expected to judge?
Each judge is assigned 2-4 posters.
Will I be judging my own student's work?
No, judges are not permitted to judge their own students' work.
When can I leave? Do I have to stay till the end of the poster session?
No, you can leave once your evaluations are complete. In fact, we need all evaluations to be in early in order to tally the scores.
Am I the sole judge for a poster?
No, each poster is evaluated by two or three judges.
Am I expected to ask questions of the poster presenter?
Yes, asking questions is very critical to evaluating a poster. See the guidelines for judging criteria.
Is there any compensation for judges?
Judging is a volunteer role. We greatly appreciate your help, and the students appreciate your feedback!