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. 

If you are student, follow the below instructions to sign-up to participate in OSPA:

  • Click on the direct login link found in your AGU Fall Meeting 2021 Abstract Acceptance email. 
  • Enter the Participant's corner to submit your abstract acceptance.
  • Under the OSPA Student Confirmation question, click Accept. This is your official confirmation.
  • Submit your abstract acceptance by 18 October 2021.
  • Students who sign-up for OSPA will be contacted in late October 2021 with next steps. 

Students who are not AGU members must use the direct link included in their abstract acceptance email or email [email protected] for assistance. 

Are you looking to confirm your participation in OSPA as a student presenter?

If you are an AGU member, you can use this link or the direct link in your abstract acceptance email. Non-AGU members must use the direct link in their abstract acceptance email.


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 (the abstract acceptance email with contain the direct link for 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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