Thank you for your interest in judging for the OSM Student Paper Evaluation! Volunteer judges are an integral part of the judging process.

Student pointing to posterJudge Registration and Scheduling

  • Judges may sign up and schedule themselves online starting in January.

Evaluation Process

  • Whether judging an oral or a poster session, the presentation must be orally presented and explained by the student.
  • Do not judge a poster or slide presentation without student commentary. If the student is not present during their assigned 2-hour period, you may not judge their poster separately. Please designate on the evaluation sheet why you were not able to judge a presentation. If you arrived at the presentation outside of the evaluation period, please note that so the student will not be penalized.
  • Students are informed that they must remain by their poster for a minimum of 2 hours. The time period will be indicated and available for judges to see.
  • Presentations will be judged by three judges in an effort to ensure impartiality.
  • Judging is anonymous. We hope that the students present their posters with the same energy and enthusiasm to everyone who walks by. This will only benefit the student and better their presentation skills.

Evaluation Criteria

Judges provide feedback in the following areas. A more detailed rubric will be available prior to the Ocean Sciences Meeting.

  • Primary strength
  • Primary weakness
  • Presentation
  • Content

Evaluation Sheets

  • Evaluations will be done online: You may do this via tablet, laptop, or smartphone.
  • Paper Evaluation Sheets: There will not be any available at the meeting. Judges may print paper evaluation sheets ahead of the meeting if they wish to manually evaluate the presenters and/or write comments.
  • Student Paper Evaluation Resource Center: Computers will be available in the poster hall for judges to enter feedback.
  • Entering Evaluations: All judges must enter their evaluations online by Wednesday, 21 February 2018.

Student posing at posterInability to Evaluate

  • At the meeting and can’t judge? Judges are responsible for finding a substitute. Ask a colleague or friend.
  • Students must be assessed by three individual judges, for reasons of impartiality.

Conflict of Interest

  • Judges are not allowed to evaluate students that they know or are acquainted with.

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