Screener description: Approximately 600 students from the Richmond Region will submit research papers to the MRSF; each paper needs to be read and scored by at least two screeners with the appropriate area of expertise to determine which students will participate in the MRSF. Screenings are done virtually in the comfort of your home or workplace via our zFairs Program between January 18 and February 27.


Judge description: Approximately 275 papers will be accepted into the Metro Richmond STEM Fair. At least 200 judges are needed on the day of the fair to determine special award winners, the winners of each category, and the students who will advance to further competition.

Judges arrive between 7:15 and 7:30 a.m. for breakfast and orientation.

The judges work in subject area teams to interview students from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, complete the scoring of the projects and then select the top projects for the category.

You are free to leave as soon as your results are turned in, but we hope you will stay to enjoy lunch, participate in the STEM sessions, and attend the awards ceremony.


If you would like to participate in the MRSF as a screener and/or judge, please access our Z-fairs site at mrsf.zfairs.com and select the Judges Main tab.


If you have colleagues who may be interested in screening or judging, please send me their contact information or share this correspondence with them.


If you work for a corporation or belong to an organization that might be interested in sponsoring the Fair please let me know. An information brochure for potential sponsors is attached.


Thank you in advance for your support of the Metro Richmond STEM Fair. I look forward to working with you this year!

Vonita L. Giddings

MRSF Director