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IVSS: Badges

Reports submitted to the International Virtual Science Symposium are reviewed by a team of judges. After reviewing a project, IVSS judges evaluate each report by awarding the project either a one, two, three or four-star student research badge. Judges may also award optional, theme-specific badges to students if their reports meet the given criteria.

Reports that meet an established threshold — in most years, a four-star research badge and at least two optional badges — are eligible for a random drawing to receive a stipend or other award.

Below are the badges that are available for the 2024 Symposium.
 

Badge for All IVSS Projects

I am a Student Researcher badge. Image of hand holding up globe.I AM A STUDENT RESEARCHER

All students who submit a report to the IVSS receive an "I am a Student Researcher" badge. As such, students can earn up to four badges total.

Note: The "I am a Student Researcher" badge does not count towards the two badges needed for the Earth Day drawing at IVSS. In order to be entered into the drawing, you need to earn at least two of the "Optional Badges" listed below.

 


Highlight Badge for 2024 IVSS Theme

I am a problem solver badge, with image showing two students helping another one to climb.
I AM A PROBLEM SOLVER

While working on climate projects, students may learn how they can be a part of possible solutions to the problems they are investigating. This badge will be awarded to reports that demonstrate how GLOBE students are helping use Earth system science for a better world.

Other 2024 IVSS Badges

I am a collaborator badge, with image showing four students holding up the globe together.

I AM A COLLABORATOR

All team members are listed including students from the same school or schools from around the world, along with clearly defined roles, how these roles support one another, and descriptions of each student's contribution. The descriptions clearly indicate the advantages of the collaboration. If the students collaborated with students from another school, describe how working with other schools improved the research. 

I make an impact badge, with image showing three students celebrating by the globe.

I MAKE AN IMPACT

The report clearly describes how a local issue led to the research questions or makes connections between local and global impacts. The students need to clearly describe or show how the research contributed to a positive impact on their community through making recommendations or taking action based on findings. 
I work with a STEM Professional badge, with image showing an adult and student holding a globe together.

I WORK WITH A STEM PROFESSIONAL

The report clearly describes collaboration with a STEM professional that enhanced the research methods, contributed to improved precision and supported more sophisticated analyses and interpretations of results.  

I am an engineer badge, with image of two people working on gears.

I AM AN ENGINEER

The report uses student-generated sources of evidence to describe an engineering problem, looks at solutions through engineering or optimizes a design to address a real-world problem, and describes the potential impact of the engineering principles on the environment.

I am a data scientist badge, with image of students holding up data points.

I AM A DATA SCIENTIST

The report includes in-depth analysis of students' own data as well as other data sources. Students discuss limitations of these data, make inferences about past, present or future events, or use data to answer questions or solve problems in the represented system. Consider data from other schools or data available from other databases. 

I am a STEM storyteller, with image of three students holding hands.

I AM A STEM STORYTELLER

The report describes or shows how the students shared the story of their research in a creative way. This could be through a dramatic interpretation, a blog, Instagram post, artist rendering or any other way to creatively share what the students learned.