Judges are an integral part of Research Open House!

The Research Open House will take place on Friday, April 15, 2022 on the 2nd floor of the University Capitol Centre (UCC) from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

During the event, students will exhibit posters illustrating aspects of their research, which judges will score via an online scoresheet powered by RocketJudge.

Poster authors are encouraged to be present to discuss their research with judges, but because many students have prior teaching or coursework commitments during the time of the event, being present is not a requirement for judging. To ensure equity in scoring, judges should focus on the merits of the poster itself, regardless if they have discussed it with the authors or not.

Research Open House welcomes all graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, and industry representatives as judges. We expect to have nearly 100 posters this year, so we’ll need many volunteers to provide a variety of impactful feedback to our participants.

What is expected of the judges?

Upon arrival, judges must check in at the Welcome Desk to receive a link to an electronic ballot (or a paper ballot for those who do not bring a smart device). Judging assignments will be auto-assigned (3 posters per judge) based on the category preferences indicated in the registration survey, so there is no need to commit to a specific judging time. Attendees will also have the option to vote for any poster for the Audience Favorite Award via text message.

Here is a little more information about what the Judges see if using RocketJudge.

What will the judges get out of the experience?

  1. Provide valuable feedback, expertise, and professional networking opportunities for College of Engineering students
  2. Learn about the exciting research going on in the College of Engineering
  3. Industry representatives and alumni can meet students who might be excellent future employees

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 Erin Foster Hartley, ROH Coordinator, in advance at 319-467-0128 or erin-foster@uiowa.edu.
HS Udaykumar, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, Research, and Faculty
University of Iowa College of Engineering