The OSPA 2018 site will open in mid October.

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.

OSPA General Information

  • Promote and recognize undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. 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

OSPA Process

  • Undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate student first authors select interest in participating during the abstract submission process
  • Liaisons are assigned to each session and help secure judges during the session submission process
  • Students confirm participation by 30 October, 11:59 p.m. ET. No late student confirmations will be accepted
  • Nonstudent members sign up to judge a minimum of three student presentations in the online system starting in November
  • 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 22 December
  • All students are provided feedback, and winners are announced on 24 January