Outstanding Student Presentation Awards (OSPA)

Competition Overview

The OSPA program provides student presenters (poster, oral and iPoster) 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 reviewers.

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 reviewers to provide feedback and evaluate the presentations of students who have opted to participate in the program.

Students: You may register to present in OSPA after you receive your abstract acceptance email in October. 

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 reviewers.
  • 4
    AGU members sign up to review student presentations in the online system around two to four weeks before the meeting.
  • 5
    At the meeting, students give presentations and anonymous reviewers assess their presentation skills.
  • 6
    Reviewers submit scores and feedback via the OSPA portal.
  • 7
    All participating students are provided feedback  and winners announced about four - six weeks after the meeting.
  • 8
    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. 

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General questions

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