Judging Information

The success of the Purdue Undergraduate Research Conference (PURC) is due in large part to the many judges that provide feedback to the student presenters throughout the Conference. In addition to student feedback, the scores are used to disperse the several presentation awards.

PDFs of Judging Forms

General Poster Judging | Interdisciplinary Poster Judging | Archival Poster Judging

Judge Registration Link

Judges should register through the Qualtrics Form as soon as possible to indicate their interest and availability during the Purdue Undergraduate Research Conference's poster symposium. You can view a list of expectations and the time commitment on this PDF. The times on the Qualtrics form helps the academic units know the amount of time you want to volunteer to judge the posters, not the specific times you will judge.

COVID-19 Modifications for Virtual Conference

With the 2020 Undergraduate Research Conference going virtual due to COVID-19 restrictions, judges will be able to evaluate posters online during the April 14-21, 2020 viewing period. Judges will still complete a Qualtrics form for each presentation. Students have 5 minutes for posters and 10 minutes for oral presentations. You are not expected to go anywhere to watch these presentations.

To access the presentations, you must have a Purdue career account. Due to the sensitive nature of the research data presentations may contain, only Purdue community members with login credentials may view them and judge them.

Before then, individuals who register to be considered a judge are encouraged to practice with the "play" Qualtrics Form to become familiar with the process. The interaction segment will be removed due to the virtual nature.

Special note: The College of Health & Human Sciences is not participating in the formally judged version of this year's conference due to the additional work and stress of faculty and graduate students moving their courses to an online format among many other tasks at this time.

Judging Rubric

The 2020 PURC Judging Rubric is essential to ensuring posters are evaluated fairly and to know what is expected from a poster. Rubrics will be available that day, but it is best to review the document before the event to become familiar with how the various components of a poster presentation are evaluated.

Notification of Judging

Judges will receive a notification at least when they will judge posters during the poster symposia before the event by the individual college representative. It is anticipated that everyone who registers to judge during the poster symposia will receive a response, but if you do not hear a specific time, your availability may not have matched what was needed. You are encouraged to attend the event and connect with the judges' registration desk later in the morning and/or afternoon session to offer help to cover for judges who may not have shown up.


Contact UGResearch@purdue.edu.


Day-of Process (Not happening due to COVID-19 restrictions)

  1. Judges selected to participate should arrive at least 10 minutes before their scheduled time.
  2. The judges' registration tables will be in the south hallway of the South Ballroom in the Purdue Memorial Union.
  3. You will check-in and receive a nametag.
  4. You may begin judging. Student presenters have been informed they must be at their poster during the entire session. However, if they are absent, they may leave a note of when they will return or you can return to the poster at a later time during the session. If you must leave before a presenter returns, please inform the judges' registration table of the poster number to arrange alternate judges, if available.
  5. When done judging, you will check-out with the judges' registration table. During this time, you may indicate if you have additional time to volunteer to judge additional posters whose judges have not shown up and to return a tablet if you borrowed one.

Day-of Judging Forms (Not required due to COVID-19 restrictions)

Those selected to judge during the poster symposium will receive a link to the actual Qualtrics form to evaluate posters the day before the symposium. A small number of paper evaluations will be available for those who are not comfortable with using their smartphone or tablet for evaluating posters.

Before then, individuals who register to be considered a judge are encouraged to practice with the "play" Qualtrics Form to become familiar with the process. You may use your phone or tablet for assessing posters.


For questions before the event, please contact UGResearch@purdue.edu.

For questions the day of the event, please stop by the judges' registration table on the south entrance of the South Ballroom in the Purdue Memorial Union.