Student Ten-Minute Paper Competition Information

Evaluation & Judging

Students who present ten-minute oral papers in the Student Competition will be evaluated in the following areas:

  • Scientific Content - 50% (10 points each)

    • Introduction and background with pertinent literature cited
    • Objectives clearly stated and concise
    • Materials and methods (study design) clear and concise
    • Results and discussion clear, concise, and accurate
    • Significance of results to field of study
  • Presentations - 50% (10 points each)

    • Organization
      • Logical order, minimum redundancy, smooth transitions between presentation sections
    • Slides
      • Legible with large fonts, color contrast, no conflicting backgrounds. Text with no grammatical errors, not excessively wordy, effective use of figures and/or tables
    • Delivery
      • Clear and audible speech, eye contact with audience, enthusiastic delivery
      • Effective use of time
    • Other
      • Overall quality of presentation, other positive attributes

Suggestions for Presenters

Visual aids can significantly enhance or severely diminish the effectiveness of your presentation. The following guidelines are general considerations:

  • Avoid red-green combinations.  Approximately 10% of men and 0.4% of women have some form of red-green color-blindness.  If in doubt, print the figure or slide on a black and white printer.  This visual is what a severe red-green deficient viewer will see.  (Remember, this person may be a judge.)
  • Enhance contrast between background, text, and figures, but do not use excessive contrasts.  Avoid dark-colored text and figures on dark-colored backgrounds and light-colored text and figures on light-colored backgrounds.  Avoid bright contrasts that are figuratively or literally painful to view.
  • Use large and legible text fonts.  Text should be read easily from at least 10 meters away (minimum 18 point font, Arial).  Use easy to read, san serif fonts like Arial.  Do not crowd slides with text.
  • Simplify graphs and tables or consider alternative visuals.  Complex graphs and tables filled with an excess of numbers are difficult to read and will detract from an explanation of results.

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