Judging criteria

Plant Science Project Award entries

The Plant Science Project Award entries are judged (by a team of Hermitage Research Facility staff) on the presentation and content provided within student’s scientific reports, posters, videos, PowerPoint presentations (and/or other submitted formats) and science journals.

Students are grouped into four year categories for judging purposes:

  • Years P-2
  • Years 3-6
  • Years 7-9
  • Years 10-12

Judges will provide a score (usually out of 50) for each entry and will be looking for evidence of the following criteria elements:

Note: weightings for marks may change slightly from year to year (without notice), depending on the competition topic and requirements.

Art in AgRiculTure Award entries

Staff from the Warwick Art Gallery (sponsors of the Art in AgRiculTure Awards) visit the Hermitage Research Facility each year to judge the artwork entries.

Individual artworks are grouped together according to the student's year level and one student (per year level P-12) is selected as the winner. Highly commended prizes may also be awarded to other students within each year level.

Group artworks (created by pairs, teams or a whole class) are usually not awarded individual prizes but are eligible for the overall 'Most Outstanding Art in AgRiculTure Awards'. These awards are awarded to a 'school' or 'class', rather than an 'individual'. The schools that have submitted the most outstanding art entries overall are declared the overall winner and runner-up.

When selecting winners, judges look for artworks that fit the brief, are unique, interesting and display a high level of creativity, skill, effort, attention to detail and also have a hint of scientific flair!