Awards and Prizes

Speaker Awards

We are still navigating to find the best way of judging our speakers given the new online platform. Please visit our website frequently for more information about judging your work and the amount of cash prizes. Please be informed that the cash prizes will be distributed in form of a check. We appreciate your understanding.

Speakers will be rated by a panel of judges on their ability to clearly present their research to a general audience.

The oral presenter with the judges’ highest average score within each session will receive a cash prize of up to $400 (Subject to change)

The oral presenter with the highest audience engagement will receive a cash prize of up to $200 (Subject to change)

The poster presenter with the judges’ highest average score within each session will receive a cash prize of up to $300 (Subject to change)

The poster presenter with the highest audience engagement will receive a cash prize of up to $100 (Subject to change)

*Former Symposium winners are eligible to win all awards IF the presentation material is significantly different from their previous presentations.

Judging Rubric

The speakers will be rated on roughly the following rubric:

1 – POOR 2 – BELOW AVERAGE 3 – ABOVE AVERAGE 4 – EXCELLENT
BROADER IMPACT — Missing discussion of project contribution to science/society
– Excessive jargon
— Discusses how project is relevant to science/society
– Some jargon not fully explained
— Articulates how project is relevant to science/society
– Jargon is fully explained
— Successfully communicates relevance to science/society
– Minimal jargon
PERSUASIVENESS — Little enthusiasm
– Monotonous
– Relied extensively on notes
– Difficulty hearing or understanding
— Some interest & enthusiasm
– Limited engagement with audience
– Minor difficulty hearing or understanding
— Displayed interest & enthusiasm
– Engaged audience
– Communicates clearly
— Genuinely interested & enthusiastic
– Very engaging
– Communicates ideas fluently/precisely
ORGANIZATION — Incoherent presentation of information
– Ineffective slides
— Somewhat coherent presentation of information
– OK quality of slides
– Logical sequence & information presented is complete
– Slides enhanced presentation
— Completely logical/coherent presentation of information
– Slides greatly enhances presentation