Information for Judges

Judges are an integral part of Research Open House. We can't do it without you!

On the day of Research Open House, students prepare a brief oral presentation about their research poster that will be shared with three judges who will score the poster content and oral presentations. 

Research Open House welcomes all undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, industry representatives, and advisory board members as judges. We expect to have over 120 posters this year. If each poster has three can see we need a lot of volunteers to judge posters!

Update: Research Open House, scheduled for April 2, 2020, is canceled and will be rescheduled to Fall 2020.


The expectations for judges are as follows:

  1. Commit a minimum of one hour of time when you will visit three posters (register and indicate your available times by filling out the registration form (link above)
  2. You will receive an email confirmation no later than 1 1/2 weeks prior to the event with the confirmed time of your judging slot(s)
  3. Let the organizers know in advance if you are unable to attend Research Open House if you have already registered
  4. On the day of the event, check in at the Registration/Information desk in the 2nd floor lobby of the Seamans Center, where you will receive a Judging Packet with instructions and score sheets. For out of town judges, parking is available just across the street in the Old Capitol Mall parking garage
  5. Introduce yourself to the student presenters and listen to the poster presentations and engage in conversation with the students
  6. Fill out the score sheets and return them to the information desk

What will judges get out of the experience?

  1. Provide valuable feedback, expertise, and professional networking opportunities for the students
  2. Industry representatives meet students who might be excellent future employees
  3. Learn about the exciting research going on in the College of Engineering
  4. Alumni can visit the College of Engineering and see the beautiful new addition to the Seamans Center building
  5. Enjoy the fun atmosphere and appreciate the hard work of our College of Engineering students
  6. A chance to win raffle prizes!
  7. There will be snacks!

On behalf of the College of Engineering, I thank you for your commitment to the education of our students. If you have any questions, please contact Kristina Venzke, ROH Coordinator, at or 319-335-5614.

     - HS Udaykumar, Interim Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, Research, and Faculty

       University of Iowa College of Engineering