Speakers will be rated by both audience members and a panel of judges on their ability to clearly present their research to a general audience.
The presenter with the judges’ highest average score within each session will receive a cash prize of $400.
The presenter with the audience’s highest average score within each session will receive a cash prize of $200.
All presenters are eligible to win BOTH awards within their session.*
*Former Symposium winners are eligible to win all awards IF the presentation material is significantly different from their previous presentations.
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
– 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
At the end of each session, audience member who turns in a judging rubric with scores for all presenters of that session will be entered into raffles to win two $10 Trader Joe’s gift cards for that session, so tell your friends to come judge the talks!