While students may submit one paper and one poster or infographic to the program, only one submission may be in the student competition. View eligibility, judging criteria, and other helpful information below. 


Students are eligible for the competition for 12 months after the month of graduation, with current ESA, ESC, or ESBC student or student transition membership.

While all presenters may submit one oral and one poster or infographic to the Joint Annual Meeting program, students may only submit one presentation to the student competition. 

Evaluation & Judging

Students who present their 10-minute paper (10-min) at the Joint Annual Meeting will be evaluated in the following areas:

Scientific Content (55%)

  • Introduction and background (10 points)
  • Objectives or hypotheses clearly stated and concise (10 points)
  • Title appropriate for presentation content; judges to score title given at the start of the presentation, not what is listed in the program (5 points)
  • Materials and methods (study design) clear, concise, and accurate (10 points)
  • Interpretation of results and analysis clear, concise, and accurate (10 points)
  • Significance of results to the field of study clearly discussed (10 points)

Presentation (45%)

  • Logical order; minimum redundancy (5 points)
  • Smooth transitions between presentation slides and sections, including the speaker introducing themselves to the audience (5 points)
  • Slides use universal design principles with appropriate fonts, font sizes, high contrast images (for example, avoiding color schemes that are hard to distinguish for colorblind participants like red/green) (5 points)
  • Slides have no grammatical errors and are not excessively wordy; both American and Canadian English spelling and grammar are acceptable (i.e., behavior/behaviour) (5 points)
  • Effective use and description of visuals (i.e.; photos, diagrams, figures, and tables); do they support the presentation narrative? (15 points)
  • Appropriate volume (uses microphone if available) and speed of speech; clear communication; scores should not be dependent on the quality of audio equipment (5 points)
  • Effective use of time; 10-12 minutes with appropriate balance across presentation sections, with time to field questions effectively (5 points)

Each paper is judged independently by three judges. In the event of a tie, the Student Competition Co-Chairs will use the abstract to determine the winner.

A Sample 10-min Paper Evaluation Form is available for reference.


Students compete only against the students in their session and not against other students in the same topic area but who were assigned to other sessions. The size of each session is dependent upon the initial number of papers submitted to a specific topic area. Each presentation is allotted a total of 12 minutes; 10 for the presentation and 2 for questions. 

Presenter Tips

View the presenter tips for engaging all audiences.

Note: Abstracts may be edited online from mid-August through October 31, 2022. To access your abstract, login to your personalized Annual Meeting Conference Harvester (link will be emailed to presenters in mid-August).
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