Student 10-minute Paper Competition Information

Note: In 2021, the rubric is different for in-person and on-demand (virtual) presentations. Please be sure to reference the rubric that fits your presentation type. 

Eligibility

Students are eligible for the competition for 12 months after the month of graduation, with current ESA student or student transition membership.

While all presenters may submit one oral and one poster to the Annual Meeting program, students may only submit one presentation to the student competition. 

Evaluation & Judging - In-Person Presentations

Students who present their 10-minute paper (10-min) in-person at the Annual Meeting will be evaluated in the following areas:

  • Scientific Content (55%)

    • Introduction and background (10 points)
    • Objectives or hypotheses clearly stated & concise (10 points)
    • Title appropriate for presentation content (5 points)
      • Judges will score the title given at the start of the presentation, not what is listed in the online program.
    • Materials & methods (study design) clear, concise, and appropriate to the problem (10 points) 
    • Interpretation of results & analysis clear, concise, and accurate (10 points)
    • Significance of results to field of study clearly discussed (10 points)
  • Presentation (45%)

    • Logical order, minimum redundancy (5 points)
    • Smooth transitions between presentation slides & sections (5 points)
    • Slides use universal design principles with appropriate fonts, font sizes, high contrast images (for example, avoding color schemes that are hard to distinguish for colorblind participants like red/green) (5 points)
    • Slides have no grammatical errors and are not excessively wordy (5 points)
    • Effective use & description of visuals (i.e. photos, diagrams, figures, and tables); do they support the presentation narrative? (15 points)
    • Appropriate volume (uses microphone if available) & speed of speech; clear communication (5 points)
    • Effective use of time; 10-12 minutes in duration with appropriate balance of Introduction, Materials/Methods, Results and Discussion (5 points)

Each paper is judged independently by three judges. In the event of a tie, the Student Competition Co-Chairs will confer to determine the winner.

A Sample 10-min Paper Evaluation Form is available for reference.

Evaluation & Judging - On-Demand (Virtual) Presentations

Students who present their 10-minute paper on-demand (virtually) at the Annual Meeting will be evaluated in the following areas:

  • Scientific Content (55%)

    • Introduction and background (10 points)
    • Objectives or hypotheses clearly stated & concise (10 points)
    • Title appropriate for presentation content (5 points)
      • Judges will score the title given at the start of the presentation, not what is listed in the online program.
    • Materials & methods (study design) clear, concise, and appropriate to the problem (10 points) 
    • Interpretation of results & analysis clear, concise, and accurate (10 points)
    • Significance of results to field of study clearly discussed (10 points)
  • Presentation (45%)

    • Logical order, minimum redundancy (5 points)
    • Presenter self-introduction & title slide; provide audience with an intro to speaker & topic (5 points)
    • Slides use universal design principles with appropriate fonts, font sizes, high contrast images (for example, avoding color schemes that are hard to distinguish for colorblind participants like red/green); closed captions have been edited for accuracy (5 points)
    • Slides have no grammatical errors and are not excessively wordy (5 points)
    • Effective use & description of visuals (i.e. photos, diagrams, figures, and tables); do they support the presentation narrative? (15 points)
    • Appropriate volume & speed of speech; clear communication; please note, score should not be dependent on audio equipment (5 points)
    • Effective use of time; 10-12 minutes in duration with appropriate balance of Introduction, Materials/Methods, Results and Discussion (5 points)

Each paper is judged independently by three judges. In the event of a tie, the Student Competition Co-Chairs will confer to determine the winner.

A Sample 10-min Paper Evaluation Form is available for reference.

Sessions

Students compete only against the students in their session and not against other students in the same topic area but who were assigned to other sessions. The size of each session is dependent upon the initial number of papers submitted to a specific topic area. Each presentation is allotted a total of 12 minutes; 10 for the presentation and 2 for questions. 

Presenter Tips

View the presenter tips for engaging all audiences.

Note: Abstracts may be edited online mid-August through October 13, 2021. To access your abstract, use your personalized link for the Annual Meeting Portal (link will be emailed to presenters in mid-August).

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