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University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Colorado History Day

National History Day in Colorado

National History Day in Colorado depends on volunteers from our communities to serve as judges. Would you like to volunteer? Click here if you are ready to sign up now!

How judging works?

  •   Judges are trained on how to judge and given detailed instructions.
  • Judges do NOT need to be historians or be experts in the field. 
  • Judges work in teams of three with at least one veteran leading.
  • Judges interview students and talk with them about their research.
  • Judges evaluate students’ projects using a rubric, and rank the projects.
  • All projects are evaluated—and all students interviewed—in the first rounds when finalists are determined.  Finalists are evaluated in the final rounds when winners are determined. 

How can I prepare to judge?

  •   Attend a judge training on April 23 @ 6:00 pm (King Center Room 312) or April 27 @ 8:00 am (King Center Room 110) at UCD on the Auraria Campus.
  •   Complete our online judge training at
  • Judging procedures are reviewed—and questions answered--on May 4 before the contest begins.

  How long is the event? 

  • 7:30-1:00 for preliminary round judges. 
  • 7:30-4:00 for those who want to judge preliminary & final rounds.
  • Noon-4:00 for those who want to judge final rounds only.
  • The Awards Ceremony is held at 5:00 pm, and judges are encouraged to attend.

 Click on the hyperlinks for more information on the Judging Criteria, Judging Forms and Instructions and Judge Training

If you would like to be a judge, please sign up using our online volunteer judging form!