Student 3-minute Presentation Competition Information
Students are eligible for the competition for 12 months after the month of graduation, with current ESA student or student transition membership.
Students cannot enter both the Student 10-minute Paper Competition and the Student Poster Competition. Nor can students enter both the Student 3-minute Presentation Competition and the Student 10-minute Paper Competition. However, a student may enter both the Student 3-minute Presentation Competition and the Student Poster Competition.
Students who submit to compete in the Infographics competition may also submit to compete in any other student competition category.
Students who present in the Student 3-minute Presentation Competition will be evaluated in the following areas:
Comprehension & Content (50%)
- Background and significance of the topic: Relevant to current or emerging issues (5 points)
- Significance of the results: Improved knowledge of the topic (5 points)
Engagement & Communication (50%)
- Stage presence & engaging the audience: Eye contact, voice inflections, stance, professional demeanor, engaged & held audience attention, enthusiastic delivery (5 points)
- Effective use of time and visuals; logical delivery (5 points)
Each presentation is judged independently have four judges who were selected by the ESA Section Presidents. In the event of a tie, the Student Competition Co-Chairs will confer with the judges to determine the winner.
A Sample 3-minute Presentation Evaluation Form is available for reference.
Students compete only against the students in their session and not against students in other sessions. The size of each session is dependent upon the initial number of presentations submitted to the competition.
Each presentation is allotted a total time of 3 minutes; questions are not allowed. The three-minutes of the presentation begins as soon as the presenter reaches the podium. To ensure that the fast-paced nature of the 3-minute sessions are maintained, presenters are requested to sit in the first few rows of the meeting room. Presenters should also be familiar with the order of presentations in the session (found in the online program and mobile app).
Moderators of 3-minute Presentation sessions have been instructed to keep presentations running back-to-back, not pausing for gaps in the program. Therefore, presentation times are not listed in the program. Please arrive prior to the start of the session to ensure you are present when it is your turn to present. Moderators are instructed to enforce the time limit and the moderator will stop a presenter who exceeds the time limit of 3 total minutes. Please time your presentation accordingly to avoid this embarrassing situation.
Please note: There is no restriction to the number of slides a presenter may use for their 3-minute Presentation.
For information on presentation uploads, please visit the Annual Meeting Presenter Information page.
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.