In-Depth Judge Training Sessions
Come meet with staff and fellow judges during an extended, optional training session. All event judges will receive an orientation prior to judging on the day of the event, so this training session is not required to judge for History Day. However, the judge workshop will allow you to:
- Gain a deeper understanding of the judging criteria
- Meet experienced judges
- View sample student projects from past years
- Ask questions about the judging process
2018 Judge Training Session Dates
To RSVP for a judge training session, please complete our online form.
- Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 6:00-7:30 pm at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul
- Thursday, April 12, 2018, 3:30 - 5:00 pm at the the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
- Sample Projects
- Judge Instructions
- Judging Rubrics
Events, Dates, and Directions
- Central (St. Cloud State University)
- Metro Junior Central (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
- Metro Junior East (White Bear Lake High School - South Campus)
- Metro Senior (Augsburg Colloege) - Judges must display a parking permit on campus. Email Brittany for this permit.
- Metro Junior West (Sandburg Middle School, Golden Valley)
- Minneapolis Public Schools (Roosevelt High School)
- Northeast (University of Minnesota, Duluth)
- Northwest (Bemidji State University)
- South Central (Mankato State University)
- Southeast (Winona State University)
- St. Paul Public Schools (Johnson High School)
- West Central (Moorhead State University)
Expectations of Judges
- Sign up in advance on the website.
- Attend a judge orientation the day of the event.
- Work with another volunteer to review projects and interview students.
- Select the strongest projects to advance to the next level of competition.
- Provide written feedback about each project you view.
- Arrive on time to all events for which you sign up and stay until the judging process is completed.
- Let us know as soon as possible if your schedule changes and you are unable to judge.
- Remember the age of your audience. Some students are as young as 6th grade and may be nervous to discuss their work. Ask questions which prompt students to provide information, and be patient if they are shy or anxious.
- Pay careful attention so you can evaluate well. Students have worked for months on their projects and are looking forward this opportunity to share their work.
- Judges should avoid distractions such as personal phone calls, texts, etc. during the event. Judges may not bring minor children that they need to supervise to the event.
- Let the History Day staff know right away if there are problems. We are here to help!