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Thank you, History Fair Judges!

The Chicago Metro History Fair expresses our sincere and profound gratitude to all of our face-to-face and virtual 2020 History Fair Judges! Judging opportunities for our next History Fair season will open in early 2021!

Registration for 2020 virtual judging is now closed.

We are still in need of experienced judges for Senior Finals, so please contact us at [email protected] if you are an experienced judge who would like to participate in our “on-demand” judging format! Thank you!


History Fair Judging FAQs

Who are the students?
What qualifications do I need to judge?
Do I need to attend an orientation before I sign up to judge?
What is the judging process?
How does the overall competition work?
How does paper and website judging differ from the big events?
Where does judging take place?
What if I can no longer participate in the session(s) I signed up to judge?
May I bring a friend to judge too?
How are the winners selected?
How do I find out which projects have advanced?

We trust you are convinced of this rewarding civic contribution. Check back in early 2021 for information about volunteering as a judge next season!

Judging a History Fair project

Judges who wish to preview judging materials and previous History Fair project examples are welcomed to do so. You may also take an advance look at the general orientation: “Judging a History Fair project.”

Website judges may wish to read “How to Judge a History Fair website” before judging.

Judging Materials

Note that all evaluations are now completed online. For the “classic” CMHF evaluation form, use the Judging Worksheets. All Virtual Judges should use the virtual evaluations found on the virtual judging page when evaluating projects.

Junior Division Judging Materials (grades 68)

High School Division Judging Materials (grades 912)

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