Thank you for your interest in judging the Outstanding Student Paper Awards (OSPA)! Volunteer judges are an integral part of the judging process. Many AGU students will remember their first OSPA experience fondly thanks to the help and generosity of the judges.
Judge Registration and Scheduling
- Judges may sign up and schedule themselves online starting in November. Judges must first agree to the Honor Code and register with their institution email address.
- Whether judging an oral or a poster session, the presentation must be orally presented and explained by the student.
- Do not judge a poster or slide presentation without student commentary. If the student is not present during their assigned 2-hour period, you may not judge their poster separately. Please designate on the score sheet why you were not able to judge a presentation. If you arrived at the presentation outside of the evaluation period, please note that so the student will not be penalized.
- Students are informed that they must remain by their poster for a minimum of 2 hours. The time period will be indicated and available for judges to see on the OSPA portal.
- Presentations will be judged by three judges in an effort to ensure impartiality and balance out unusually high/low scores.
- Judging is anonymous. We hope that the students present their posters with the same energy and enthusiasm to everyone who walks by. This will only benefit the student and better their presentation skills.
This award is focused on recognizing presentation skills!
Judges will assess the students in the following areas and rate them on a scale of 0–5.
- Presentation: Visuals, effective use of allotted time or space, diction (enunciation, volume, and clarity), general style, liveliness, and stage presence.
- Content: Organization and logic, appropriate comprehension/knowledge of field, clear explanation/ability to answer questions, and significance and originality.
- Overall Impression: Compared to other student’s presentations.
- Comments: Comments from judges are also encouraged in order to distinguish papers with similar scores.
A more detailed rubric will be available soon in the OSPA navigation menu.
- Scoring will be done online: You may do this via tablet, laptop, or even smartphone.
- Paper Score Sheets: There will not be any available at the meeting. Judges may print paper score sheets ahead of the meeting if they wish to manually score the presenters and/or write comments.
- OSPA Resource Center: Computers will be available in both poster halls at the meeting for judges to enter scores.
- Entering Scores: All judges must enter their scores into the OSPA system by Friday, 22 December 2017.
- Editing Scores: Judges may edit scores until Friday, 22 December, 2017.
Inability to Judge
- At the meeting and can’t judge? Judges are responsible for finding a substitute. Ask a colleague or friend.
- Students must be assessed by three individual judges, for reasons of impartiality.
Conflict of Interest
- Judges are not allowed to evaluate students that they know or are acquainted with.
- Students from your own institution will not be returned in your search results.
Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org