The OSPA program relies on anonymous volunteer judges who visit a student’s poster or oral presentation and engage them in order to help provide feedback about a student’s research and communication skills.

General Information

  • Awarded to promote, recognize and reward undergraduate, Master’s and PhD students for quality research in the geophysical sciences
  • Provide students with valuable feedback about presentation style and scientific research
  • Program relies entirely on volunteer judges
  • Typically the top 3-5% of presenters in each section/focus group are awarded an OSPA


  • Student first authors confirm participation by 31 October online
  • Liaisons are assigned to each session and help secure judges
  • Members sign up to judge specific students in the online system 29 October-6 December
  • At Fall Meeting, students give oral presentations or remain by their poster during a session in order to explain their research to passersby
  • Judges are anonymous
  • Judges submit scores and feedback via the online system until 23 December
  • All students are provided feedback and winners announced on 6 January

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