The OSPA program allows student presenters at Fall Meeting to hone their presentation skills and receive valuable feedback from esteemed scientists. OSPA 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

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


  • Undergraduate, Master’s, and Doctorate student first authors select interest in participating during the abstract submission process
  • Students confirm participation by 27 October
  • Liaisons are assigned to each session and help secure judges
  • Non-student members sign up to judge a minimum of three student presentations in the online system 31 October-5 December
  • At Fall Meeting, students give oral presentations or remain by their poster during their selected time slot in order to explain their research to passersby
  • Anonymous judges engage with students to assess their presentation skills
  • Judges submit scores and feedback via the OSPA judge portal by 23 December
  • All students are provided feedback and winners announced on 20 January

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