Judge's Registration:

Welcome Maryland History Day Judges


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Maryland Humanities thanks you for offering to serve as a judge for the 2021 Maryland History Day competition on when students from across Maryland will arrive with History Day projects focused on the theme of “Communication in History."

While most judges include humanities scholars, teachers, librarians, and museum professionals, anyone who wants to support students in this exciting learning experience may judge. You can play an important role by volunteering as a History Day judge – reviewing student projects, interviewing contestants, selecting the winners to advance to the national contest, and providing constructive feedback. By registering, you are committing to judge.

Please note: This registration site is only for the Maryland History Day state contest. If you would like to judge at your local contest as well, please contact the district coordinator.


Committments and Responsibilities

All Judges must complete the Judge Training Module between January and April. This includes a video and a couple questions to respond to, and should take between 40 minutes to an hour to complete. All judges should also review the materials in the Judge Toolkit: http://bit.ly/MHDJudgeToolkit 

First Round Judges

  • Before the Contest: Judges will receive their assigned projects two and half weeks before the contest date. They will then have about ten days to read over their projects, which generally takes 3-4 hours. Judge groups will then schedule a meeting to determine their rankings, about 1 hour. Rankings are due the Monday before the contest date, from the Judge captain. Judges may then use the final week before the contest to edit their comments into constructive feedback form, about 1 hour.
  • Day of the contest: Judges will be invited to History Day programming TBD

Final Round Judges

  • Finals Judges will get their assigned projects by the Wednesday prior to the contest date. They will then have those days to look them over and take notes, which should take 3-4 hours. On the contest date, Finals Judges will confer starting at 12 p.m. to decide on their rankings, about 2 hours. They will then have until the end of the day to edit their feedback.

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