Our university has a an annual event showcasing graduate student research projects and has a competition for best presentation. However, faculty involvement (as judges for the event) was very sparse and we had a difficult time getting enough faculty to volunteer as judges. I know that faculty time is very precious and this event did demand a lot of time and provided little incentive other than free food. How else can I encourage more faculty involvement in this event?
We have the same kind of event, and we get reasonable faculty involvement. A few things that help: