Regional History Fair seeks volunteer judges

Map of IllinoisVolunteers are needed to judge student papers or projects for the 52nd annual Northern Illinois Regional History Fair, scheduled Saturday, March 1, 2014, on campus.

Each year, students in middle school and high school write research papers, design websites, create exhibits and documentaries and performing original skits that deal with topics of Illinois history.

In January, paper judges will be sent as many as eight short papers – 1,500 to 2,500 words in length – to evaluate and return to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming office within two weeks.

Meanwhile, website judges will receive links to between four and six student-created websites to evaluate with the score cards within two weeks.

Judges who plan to evaluate exhibits, documentaries and performances will meet early on the morning of the fair, divided into groups and briefed on the guidelines for judging projects. The judging of projects usually takes several hours. Last year, the fair hosted more than 500 entries.

Each judge will be recognized in an announcement that will be made available to hundreds of students, parents, teachers and visitors. Teachers can also earn four CPDUs by volunteering as judges. To volunteer, complete an online registration form and return it by Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.

For more information, call (815) 753-5200 or email historyfair@niu.edu.

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