Judging for Mathematics Projects
The following criteria apply to research projects in non-applied mathematics (such as the proof of a theorem). If the project involves math, but the math is used to analyze data, use the Science judging form instead.
Poster Judging Criteria
The purpose of a poster exhibit is to convey to a wide audience a research project's significance to scholars in the field and its potential significance to the general public. Exhibits will be judged on their quality in four areas:
1) Content - The exhibit must include:
- Student name (or names, if more than one student is presenting the exhibit)
- Collaborators, adviser(s), and department(s)
- A short title of the exhibit
- Funding sources (if applicable)
2) Display - The core of each exhibit is a poster with text and graphics intended for a general audience. PowerPoint-style presentations are not allowed as a substitute; however, a laptop or tablet may be used as a supplement to the poster or exhibit.
- Poster should attract attention and convey important information about the project.
- Language should be simple and descriptions brief. Excessive jargon should be avoided; necessary technical terms should be defined.
- Spelling and grammar must be correct.
- Photographs, drawings, charts, tables, or graphs should be simple, well organized, and carefully chosen when used to explain complicated technical concepts to a wide audience.
- Demonstration of clear and solid mathematical thinking
- Methods presented clearly
- Indications of original, critical thought
3) Oral Presentation - Each student should prepare to describe and discuss his or her exhibit, tailored specifically to make the work understandable to a non-expert audience.
- Description should be clear and concise, and should include the major points presented on the poster.
- Presentation must not exceed 5 minutes; judges will be instructed to observe this time limit. Note: A videotape or demonstration cannot be submitted for the discussion.
- In cases where the student worked with collaborators, including his or her adviser, the presentation should clearly describe the student's role in the overall project.
To view an example of the Mathematic Judging Score Sheet, click here.