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