Dear [First Name Last Name],


The Outstanding Student Presentation Award (OSPA) program is seeking judges to evaluate [S/FG] student presentations at Fall Meeting. OSPA provides an avenue for students to practice their presentation skills. OSPA relies entirely on volunteer judges, who provide anonymous feedback on students’ poster and oral presentations.

[S/FG] has [total presenters in S/FG] students participating in OSPA this year. With only weeks to go, [total presenters needing judges in S/FG] judges are still needed to help evaluate student presentations.

What are the responsibilities of an OSPA judge?

The time commitment to serve as an OSPA judge is minimal. You can fit judging in with the rest of your Fall Meeting schedule. The OSPA Portal allows for judges to search open presentations by Section/Focus Group, date, or session time. OSPA Judge responsibilities are as follows:

  1. Register and agree to the judge honor code and ensure you do not have a conflict of interest with any of the student presenters you sign up to evaluate.
  2. Sign up to judge at least three presentations on the OSPA Portal.
  3. Evaluate the presentations you signed up for during the presenter’s selected 2-hour time block.
  4. Submit presentation scores and comments on the OSPA Portal no later than 22 December 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

How to sign up
To register as an OSPA judge and sign up for student presentations, visit Please note, only non-student AGU members can volunteer as OSPA judges.

Why volunteer to be an OSPA judge?
Give back to students in Earth and space sciences. Students are extremely appreciative to receive feedback from respected scientists. Below are the comments from a few thankful OSPA students:

“I loved the feedback I received from OSPA judges. I also noticed that more people were willing to stop and ask questions thanks to the OSPA signage.” Hydrology OSPA participant, 2016


“The comments were very helpful and the questions asked helped me start thinking of the implication of my research.” Biogeosciences OSPA participant, 2015


“My experiences receiving feedback from presentations at AGU as a student was formative in my career development. By the affirmation of OSPA judges that mine was an Outstanding Paper in 2011, I gained great confidence in presenting to technical audiences.” Atmospheric Sciences OSPA coordinator, 2014


Best regards,
[President Full Name]
[S/FG] President