Outstanding Student Presentation Awards (OSPA)

Competition overview

The OSPA program provides student presenters (poster, oral and eLightning) at AGU meetings the opportunity to receive valuable feedback about their research and presentation skills that will help them advance their careers. Presentations are reviewed and scored entirely by volunteer judges.

OSPAs are awarded to promote, recognize, and reward undergraduate, Master’s, and PhD students for quality research in Earth and space science and the ability to effectively communicate it. AGU Sections recruit judges to assess and score the presentations of students who have opted to participate in the program. Watch the OSPA judge tutorial video for more information.

How to access your OSPA scores and feedback:

  • Click “Login" on the OSPA homepage to enter the OSPA Student Portal.
  • Use the email address and password associated with your AGU membership to log in.
  • Once logged in, click on Submissions to view your presentation.
  • In the Submissions section, click on the Evaluations tab to see each judge score.
  • Click “View” next to each score to review the complete feedback form.

Are you participating in OSPA?

Log in here to access the OSPA Student Portal and view your scores/feedback.


How it works

If a meeting is hosting Outstanding Student Presentation Awards, students presenting their research at that meeting are eligible to participate. Specific deadlines will vary by meeting. The general timeline and steps are:

  • 1
    Students are no longer required to indicate interest during the abstract submission process in order to participate as a student presenter.
  • 2
    Students confirm participation by about six weeks prior to the meeting (an email with a link will be provided to student presenters).
  • 3
    Liaisons are assigned to each session by the session convener to help secure judges.
  • 4
    AGU members sign up to judge student presentations in the online system around two to four weeks before the meeting.
  • 5
    At the meeting, students give presentations and anonymous judges assess their presentation skills.
  • 6
    Judges submit scores and feedback via the OSPA judge portal roughly one week after the meeting.
  • 7
    All participating students are provided feedback  and winners announced about four weeks after the meeting.
  • 8
    Recognition certificates and, in some cases, prizes are awarded.

Information on OSPA participation

OSPA participation

OSPA Winners

Each year, the top 2-5 percent of student presenters in each section are awarded an OSPA.

View Winners


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General questions

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Student Grants and Scholarship Coordinator

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