First Place- $1000
Second Place- $750
Third Place- $500
Rules for Presentations
Presentations exceeding 3 minutes in length will be disqualified.
- Presentations must commence from the stage.
- Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts the presentation through either movement or speech.
- A single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations, or “movement” of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the presentation.
- No additional electronic media (e.g., sound and video files) are permitted.
- Presentations must be spoken word (i.e., no poems, raps, or songs).
- No additional props (e.g., note cards, costumes, musical instruments, or laboratory equipment) are permitted.
- The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
Comprehension & Content
- Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?
- Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
- Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
- Were the thesis topic, key results, and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
- Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology, and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
- Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation, or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect, or was the presentation rushed?
Engagement & Communication
- Did the presentation make the audience want to know more?
- Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize their research?
- Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
- Did the presenter capture and maintain the audience’s attention?
- Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
- Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation? Was it clear, legible, and concise?