Outstanding Student Presentation Award (OSPA) Program

What is OSPA?

The OSPA program provides student presenters (both poster and oral) at AGU meetings the opportunity to receive critical feedback about their research and presentation skills. Presentations are reviewed and scored entirely by volunteer judges. Visit the OSPA portal or check out previous years’ winners!OSPA

General Information

  • Awarded to promote, recognize, and reward undergraduate, Master’s and PhD students for quality research and presentation skills in the geophysical sciences
  • Provides students with valuable feedback about presentation style and scientific research
  • Program relies entirely on volunteer judges
  • Typically the top 3-5% of presenters in each section/focus group are awarded an OSPA at the AGU Fall Meeting


  • Students MUST indicate their interest in participating in OSPA when submitting their abstract
  • Student first authors must confirm participation and select a time window to be evaluated in November
  • Liaisons are assigned to each session and help secure judges
  • Members sign up to judge specific students in the weeks prior to the conference
  • At Fall Meeting, OSPA students give their presentations to annonymous judges. Any passing Fall Meeting attendee could be your judge.
  • Judges submit scores and feedback via the online system within one week of the Meeting
  • All students are provided feedback and winners announced approximately one month after the Meeting
  • Section and focus group coordinators select winners based on judge scores. Recognition certificates and, in some cases, prizes are awarded.

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