Outstanding Student Presentation Awards (OSPA)

Competition Overview

The primary goal of OSPA is to provide student presenters at AGU meetings valuable feedback about their research and presentation skills to help them advance their careers. AGU sections recruit volunteer reviewers to offer written feedback to OSPA presenters.

In addition, sections may grant awards to the OSPA winners in their section to recognize and reward students for quality research in Earth and space science and the ability to effectively communicate it.

Volunteer to Review Student Presentations at AGU23!

Student Information

Liaison Information

Coordinator Information

How it works

If a meeting is hosting an OSPA program, students (undergraduate, Master’s, and PhD) presenting their research (poster and oral) may sign up to participate. Specific deadlines will vary by meeting. The general timeline and steps are:

  • 1
    Students sign up to participate in OSPA about two months prior to the meeting by following instructions in their abstract acceptance email. The deadline for OSPA sign up at AGU23 is 18 October.
  • 2
    OSPA coordinators and liaisons work together to find reviewers for their OSPA students. 
  • 3
    Before and during the meeting, registered AGU23 attendees may sign up to review student presentations.
  • 4
    At the meeting, OSPA students give presentations.
  • 5

    During and after the meeting, reviewers submit their feedback via the OSPA portal. Students presenting virtually are eligible to participate in OSPA, and virtual attendees are eligible to participate as reviewers.

  • 6
    About six weeks after the meeting, participating students are provided feedback and winners are announced. Recognition certificates and, in some cases, prizes are awarded.
  • 7
    Recognition certificates and, in some cases, prizes are awarded.

Information on OSPA participation

OSPA participation

Congratulations 2022 OSPA Winners!


Click below to view the 2022 OSPA winners and winners from previous years. 

View Winners!


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General questions

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