Pacific Branch Student Ten-Minute Paper Competition Information

Note: In 2022, the rubric is different for in-person and on-demand (virtual) presentations. Please be sure to reference the rubric that fits your presentation type.

Evaluation & Judging - In-Person Presentations

Students who present ten-minute papers (10-min) in the Student Competition for the President’s Prize will be evaluated in the following areas:

  • Scientific Content (50%)

    • Introduction and background with pertinent literature cited (5 points)
    • Title appropriate for presentation content (5 points)
      • Judges will score the title given at the start of the presentation, not what is listed in the program.
    • Objectives clearly stated and concise (10 points)
    • Materials & methods (study design) clear, concise, and appropriate to the problem (10 points) 
    • Results, analysis, & discussion clear, concise, and accurate (10 points)
    • Significance of results to field of study (10 points)
  • Presentation (50%)

    • Organization 
      • Logical order, minimum redundancy (5 points)
      • Smooth transitions between presentation sections (5 points)
    • Slides 
      • Legible with large fonts, color contrast, no conflicting backgrounds (5 points)
      • Text with no grammatical errors; not excessively wordy (5 points)
    • Delivery
      • Appropriate volume and speed of speech (5 points)
      • Eye contact with audience (5 points)
      • Effective use of figures and/or tables (10 points)
        • Scoring includes whether axis labels are legible
      • Effective use of time (5 points)
        • 8 minutes for the presentation; 2 minutes for questions
      • Clear answers to questions (5 points)

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Evaluation & Judging - On-Demand (Virtual) Presentations

Students who present ten-minute papers (10-min) in the virtual Student Competition for the President’s Prize will be evaluated in the following areas:

  • Scientific Content (50%)

    • Introduction and background with pertinent literature cited (5 points)
    • Title appropriate for presentation content (5 points)
      • Judges will score the title given at the start of the presentation, not what is listed in the program.
    • Objectives clearly stated and concise (10 points)
    • Materials & methods (study design) clear, concise, and appropriate to the problem (10 points) 
    • Results, analysis, & discussion clear, concise, and accurate (10 points)
    • Significance of results to field of study (10 points)
  • Presentation (50%)

    • Organization 
      • Logical order, minimum redundancy (5 points)
      • Presenter self-introduction and title slide; provide audience with an intro to speaker and topic (5 points)
      • Smooth transitions between presentation sections (5 points)
    • Slides 
      • Legible with large fonts, color contrast, no conflicting backgrounds (5 points)
      • Text with no grammatical errors; not excessively wordy (5 points)
    • Delivery
      • Appropriate volume and speed of speech; clear communication; please note, score should not be dependent on audio equipment (10 points)
      • Effective use of figures and/or tables (10 points)
        • Scoring includes whether axis labels are legible
      • Effective use of time (5 points)

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