Sponsor Judge User Manual

Thank you for your interest in volunteering as a Sponsor Judge at the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair (PRSEF).  The Carnegie Science Center and all of the PRSEF students appreciate your support as a judge and your organization’s support as a sponsor. We couldn’t make this event happen without you! 

Sponsor Judge Role

Sponsor Judges represent companies and organizations of the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair (PRSEF) which is a regional science fair affiliated with Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Each sponsoring organization is entitled to choose students whose work demonstrates excellence in the sponsoring organization’s area of interest or specialization and to honor those students with their sponsor awards. The number of sponsor awards each organization is entitled to give depends upon their level of sponsorship.

Sponsor Judges work with other representatives of their organization using a combination of reviewing student abstracts, reviewing fair day project sbumissions interviewing students, to evaluate all students whose projects fit the criteria set by their sponsoring organization to choose the winner of the award(s).  Sponsor Judges may evaluate projects in any division or category based on the criteria set by each sponsoring organization and grant awards accordingly.

Registering to be a Sponsor Judge

If you already have an account at https://www.STEMipshere.org/PRSEF, log in and look for the Judge/Volunteer Registration widget on the right side of your screen. Select “Sponsor Judge” and then click on the red “Register” button. Continue to the next step in the user manual – Complete your registration.

If you do not have an account at https://www.STEMisphere.org/PRSEF yet, you will need to create an account.   You can click on “Register to Be a Judge or Volunteer here” at https://www.STEMisphere.org/PRSEF or you can go directly to https://www.STEMisphere.org/PRSEF/judge-volunteer-registration to create your account.

Enter your name and the email address you would like us to use to contact you with fair information. The email address you enter here will also be the username you will use to access the system in the future. Next choose your password.

From the “Registration Type” drop down menu, choose “Sponsor Judge” and then click the “I’m not a robot” box.  Click on the red “Register” box to continue.

Complete your registration

On the registration page, you should first choose your organization from the Sponsor Organization list. If you do not see your organization listed, please contact PRSEF@CarnegieScienceCenter.org. You will see additional information fields like your address, phone number, and job title. 

Confirm your contact information and lunch selection then click on the red “Submit Registration” button.

You will receive a confirmation email from CSC STEMisphere at CSC STEMisphereInfo at STEMisphereInfo@CarnegieScienceCenter.Org. Check the email address you entered during registration. Please check your junk mail folder if you do not see this email.  All other fair information will come from the email address PRSEF@CarnegieScienceCenter.org

Changing your information

If you need to change your email address or phone number,go to https://www.STEMisphere.org/PRSEF and log in. Make your corrections in the Update Information section and click on the red “Update” button.

Unregistering to judge

While we appreciate your volunteering to judge at the fair, we understand the sometimes plans change and you will not be able to participate as you originally intended. If you need to cancel your registration, go to https://www.STEMisphere.org/PRSEF and log in.  Scroll down to UnRegister, enter the reason you need to unregister and then click on the red “Unregister” button.   

Filling multiple roles If you are filling more than one role (Parent and Sponsor Judge for example), you will need to switch between profiles to access all of the applicable forms and functionality. To move between profiles, look to the horizontal menu bar just below the black and white speckled area. Click on “Registrations / Forms” and then on “Judge Registration” to access your Sponsor Judge profile or on “Manage Role Name Forms” to switch to a different role.