Judging Criteria

Students are evaluated by a panel of three to five judges who assess the comprehension and content of the presentation as well as the speaker’s level of engagement and communication.

Comprehension and content

  • Did the presentation provide background to the research question and its significance?
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the key results and conclusions?
  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
  • Was the topic communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Was the presentation well balanced and delivered at a good pace?

Engagement and communication

  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  • Did the speaker convey enthusiasm for the research?
  • Did the speaker capture and maintain the audience’s attention?
  • Did the speaker make eye contact, and have stage presence, vocal range, and a confident stance?
  • Did the power point slide enhance the presentation – was it clear and concise?