Fall Meeting: OSPA Judges

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Signup Deadline: 12-09-2018
Starts: 12-10-2018
Ends: 12-14-2018
Location: 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC 20001 volunteer opportunity location


The Outstanding Student Presentation Award (OSPA) program had nearly 3,000 students participate last year. We rely on volunteer judges like you to provide them with feedback to improve their presentation skills and recognize scientific excellence among our student presenters. Below is some information about the responsibilities of volunteering as an OSPA judge and how to sign up.


How to sign up for presentations

  • Visit the OSPA website and click on "I Am A Judge" to register
  • Once registered, log in and click on the "Find Presentations" button on the right-hand side
  • Search through available presentations. You can search by Section, session number, presentation number, or even date and time.
  • Check the box to the right of any presentation you wish to evaluate and click "Add to Schedule" at the bottom of the results. 


Responsibilities as an OSPA Judge

  • Evaluate all presentations you volunteered to judge during Fall Meeting. Evaluating a presentation requires about 15-20 minutes, including submitting scores. For only an hour of time at Fall Meeting, volunteer judges can provide feedback to 3 student presenters.
  • Submit scores, either in real time on a tablet or mobile device, or take notes while you evaluate students and enter the scores online no later than Friday, 21 December 2018, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.


Why volunteer as an OSPA Judge

The generous time commitment and constructive feedback is vital for student growth and development. AGU greatly appreciates the time and effort of the OSPA judges. Here are some comments made by past OSPA participants that saw great benefits in the program: 


"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


Volunteers Needed:

3000 (3000 open slots)

Experience Required:

<10 Years Industry Experience


Leslie Marasco
American Geophysical Union