"Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
“If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.” ― Albert Einstein
SOURCE provides a venue in which students practice communicating their ideas effectively and efficiently to a general audience and to those in their chosen fields. Campus and local business and community members evaluate and provide feedback to all student presenters.
Judges will receive judging forms at the Judging Check-in on the day of SOURCE. Copies of the judging evaluation forms are presented here for students and their mentors.
Why include judging at SOURCE?
Evaluations serve several purposes. The first purpose is to provide students with feedback on their presentation skills and ability to engage an audience. The ability to disseminate both your findings and the importance of those findings within and across disciplines is an essential skill in today's marketplace and global community.
The second purpose is to provide the basis for annual awards distributed at the SOURCE Awards Ceremony, the Wednesday after SOURCE. The top 10% of presentations from each category from within each College receive awards. Clearly stated, only excellent oral presentations, poster presentations, creative expression, and creative works will receive awards. If judges deem that no presentation is excellent, then an award may not be given.
Who judges at SOURCE?
SOURCE judges are recruited from the campus and local community. These volunteers generously donate their time and energy to provide feedback to students. Due to the vast scope of student research, scholarship, and creative activities presented at SOURCE, judges have a general knowledge rather than technical expertise in the field and evaluate students on their ability to communicate effectively rather than the scientific merit or methodology of their work.
Can I volunteer to be a SOURCE judge?
Yes. Click on the link at the top of this page that will take you to our judging sign-up form.