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 an OSPA volunteer or an interested OSPA judge, follow the below instructions to sign up for presentations and access the Judge Portal:

  • Click on the "Volunteer" link on the bottom of the AGU OSPA homepage (below). 
  • Log in using the email address and password associated with your AGU membership account.
  • Upon entering the system, you will be asked to agree to the OSPA honor code and rules of contest.
  • Select presentations to evaluate from the Showcase and Add to your list.
  • Presentations can be evaluated beginning 13 December 2021. All evaluations must be submitted by 3 January 2022.

For further information as an OSPA Judge, WATCH THE JUDGE TUTORIAL VIDEO.

For further information as an OSPA Coordinator, WATCH THE COORDINATOR TUTORIAL VIDEO.

For further information as an OSPA Liaison,  WATCH THE LIAISON TUTORIAL VIDEO.

If you are a student who confirmed OSPA participation during the abstract acceptance process, follow the below instructions to update your OSPA information and abstract:

  • Click on the Student Portal login link on the AGU OSPA homepage (above). 
  • Log in using the email address and password associated with your AGU membership account.
  • Upon entering the system, click "Edit" in the upper right-hand corner of the page to access your abstract submission.
  • Complete the required questions, review your abstract text and upload an image/logo for your abstract.
  • Logging in to review your abstract and enter demographic information is recommended but not required. It will not affect your participation in the OSPA program.

For further information, watch the Student Tutorial VideoAfter reviewing your information, nothing is required of you until Fall Meeting begins on 13 December

Are you participating in OSPA as a student presenter?

The OSPA Student Portal is NOW OPEN for OSPA student presenters to review and update their OSPA information. Click the Student Login link to access the student site.

The OSPA Judge Platform is accessible at the bottom of this webpage. Click Volunteer at the bottom of this page to access the judge site and sign up for student presentations.

Student Login

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 Volunteers & Judges


Sign up below to evaluate student presentations and to access the OSPA Judge Portal.



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General questions

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Leslie Marasco

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