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Student Presentation Evaluation Program

Information for Student Participants

Don’t forget! If you wish to participate in the Student Presentation Evaluation Program, you need to sign up to participate in your Presenter’s Corner after your abstract is accepted. Read on for eligibility information and deadlines.


  • The program is open to undergraduate, masters, or doctoral students presenting at OSM24.
  • Participant must be the lead author of the abstract presented.
  • Postdoctoral researchers, early career scientists, and other non-student presenters are ineligible.


  • Students must sign up to participate in early January 2024. Instructions for how to sign-up will be sent with your abstract acceptance.

Evaluation Process

All Presenters:

  • Evaluations largely focus on presentation skills.
  • The scientific content is important, but it is not the focus.
  • Whether an oral session or a poster session, the presentation must be orally presented and explained by the student. The evaluation form is the same for both presentation types.
  • Presentation titles must not be changed after abstract submission. Evaluators may not be able to find your presentation if the title is changed.
  • Evaluators will remain anonymous.

Poster Presenters Only:

  • You may not leave your poster at any time during your session.
  • Presentations will be evaluated by several volunteers; thus, if the student is not at their poster, the evaluator may skip the participant.
  • Give the same quality presentation to everyone who inquires about your work. You won’t know who the evaluators are.

Evaluation Criteria

The presentation is as important as the science itself. The program encourages preparation and the clear, concise presentation of a student’s work. Evaluators provide feedback in the following areas:

  • Presentation's primary strengths
  • Presentation's primary weaknesses
  • Additional feedback from evaluator (optional)


OSM recognizes that evaluation feedback is important for students to better their presentation skills. Students will be informed in April of 2024 when their feedback and evaluator comments are ready to be viewed.

Information for Evaluators

Thank you for your interest in the Student Presentation Evaluation Program! Volunteer evaluators are greatly appreciated by student presenters to receive feedback regarding their work.

Volunteer Registration and Scheduling

Evaluators may sign up and schedule themselves online starting in mid-January 2024.

Evaluation Process

  • Whether evaluating an oral, poster, or eLightning presentation, the student must present their content in person.
  • Poster presenters are informed that they must remain by their poster for the entire 2-hour session in which they are presenting.
  • Presentations will be evaluated by three volunteers in an effort to ensure impartiality.
  • Evaluations are anonymous. We hope that the students present their posters with the same energy and enthusiasm to everyone who walks by. This will only benefit the student and better their presentation skills.

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluators provide feedback in the following areas:

  • Primary strengths of presentation
  • Primary weaknesses of presentation
  • Optional additional feedback to presenter

Evaluation Sheets

All feedback for evaluations will be done online: More details will be announced closer to the meeting.

Presentation Evaluation Sheets: There will not be any available at the meeting. Volunteers may print presentation evaluation sheets ahead of the meeting if they wish to take notes during the presentation. All feedback must be entered online.

Student Presentation Evaluation Resource Center: Designated Evaluator computers will be available at the SPEP Help Desk in the Poster Hall for volunteers to enter feedback.

Entering Evaluations: All volunteers must enter their evaluations online by Monday, 4 March 2024.

Information for Liaisons

Each Ocean Sciences Meeting, around 1,000 students request to receive feedback on their OSM presentation. The role of a Student Presentation Evaluation Liaison was created in order to ensure that all students who wish to be evaluated are provided with substantive and meaningful feedback. During the Ocean Sciences Meeting session organizing stage, session conveners are asked to designate a liaison.


Only non-student attendees are eligible to serve as liaisons.

Liaisons are responsible for helping fill three volunteer evaluator slots for each student in their session who wishes to receive feedback. Liaisons should use their professional network to ask friends and colleagues to serve as evaluators. They will receive information as to which students wish to receive feedback. Liaisons may choose to evaluate students in their session themselves if they do not have a conflict of interest.