On competition day, SBC participants present their projects to our judging panel. Each project is judged several times over the course of the day, with judges selected at random in advance. At the end of the competition period, the judges deliberate, compare evaluation sheets and discuss each project to determine the competition winners.


SBC participants are not only evaluated on the quality of their research, their lab journal and their poster display, but are also questioned on their scientific knowledge as well as potential commercial applications of their research, according to the following criteria:
Interested in becoming a judge?

Because of the high level of science at SBC competitions, our judging panels are made up of profession researchers, university faculty, graduate-level students and industry representatives. If you have a strong scientific background in research, biotechnology or health sciences, and can spare a full day at one of our competitions, please contact us to join the team.

Originality and Scientific Merit – 30%

Evaluation of the project’s overall relevance to the life sciences, as well as the degree of originality and creativity demonstrated by the participant. Critical to this will be an assessment of the extent to which the ideas have been generated by the students themselves. Judges must also consider the level of science represented by the project, and if it meets or exceeds the students’ current grade level.

  • Relevance to Biotechnology (Life Sciences) – 10%
  • Originality and innovation – 15%
  • Level of science – 5%
Project Execution – 30%

Evaluation of the project’s experimental design, protocols, data collection and analysis. The students’ command of techniques and skills must be assessed along with the validity of their conclusions.

  • Experimental design and protocols – 10%
  • Results: Data collection and analysis – 10%
  • Command of techniques and skills – 5%
  • Validity of conclusions – 5%
Communication (Poster and Oral Presentation) – 40%

Project Display: Evaluation of the display as a summary of the project and its conclusions. Judges will look at the display in terms of its layout and clarity in illustrating the scientific techniques involved in the research. Need help preparing your poster? We have a page for that.

  • Project Summary – 5%
  • Clarity and layout – 5%

Oral Presentation and Lab Journal: assessment of the students’ oral presentation in terms of the level of scientific knowledge demonstrated and their ability to explain and defend their conclusions. Evaluation of the lab journal for completeness and chronological record of the research progress. Not sure what a lab journal looks like? Here’s a checklist on what to include.

  • Demonstration of scientific knowledge – 10%
  • Ability to explain and defend conclusions – 10%
  • Lab journal – 10%