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Judges needed for virtual State MS Science and Engineering Fair hosted by DSU

CLEVELAND, Miss. Judges are needed for the 2021 State Mississippi Science and Engineering Fair, hosted by Delta State University’s Continuing Education program.

This year’s virtual event is slated for March 22-26. Participants for the state fair include students in grades 7th-12th from the seven Mississippi regions that have placed 1st-3rd at their regional fair earlier this year.

For projects from grades 7-8, judges must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent. For projects from grades 9th through 12th, judges must have a master’s degree, Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree with related professional experience is required.

Elizabeth Joel, coordinator of DSU’s Continuing Education program, said serving as a judge is a rewarding and worthwhile effort.

“We are excited to offer the State Mississippi Science and Engineering Fair as a virtual program to our upper fair students this year,” said Joel. “The virtual program allows leaders from around our entire state to judge projects and influence middle and high school students outside of their community.  We encourage anyone that meets the qualifications as a judge to register. It may open the door to judge a regional fair in your community next year.”

Colleges and universities that hold director positions for the seven Mississippi science fair regions are given the opportunity to host the state fair on a rotating basis. Holding the director position for the Region III State Mississippi Science and Engineering Fair, Delta State’s Continuing Education program has served as the host of the regional fair for the past three years.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all regional fairs, as well as the state fairwill be hosted in a virtual concept.

All judging will also be held electronically, and judges will use video project submissions for judging purposes.

To sign-up, or learn more, visit

For questions, contact Elizabeth Joel at (662) 846-4871 or via e-mail at