Competition Rubric

Oral Competition – Judging Criteria

Presenters in the oral competition will be judged using the criteria below. Note: each category is marked as: needs to improve (0 points), meets standards (1 point), or well done (2 points) for a total score out of 22.

KNOWLEDGE AND CONTENT

  • Subject matter: presented so as to be appealing to a diverse audience
  • Research objectives and rationale for focus of presentation stated clearly
  • Methods & research design discussed so audience understands approach
  • Results explained clearly with critical and meaningful interpretation
  • Conclusions: Clear take home message, significance, future research needs
  • Answers to questions: Demonstrated in depth knowledge of material and acknowledgement of audience diversity

COMMUNICATION

  • Oral: Pace, voice level, inflection appropriate
  • Written: Slides clear, good layout, graphics used effectively
  • Nonverbal: Confident, good eye contact, no distracting gestures, professional
  • Flow of information: Clear logical structure, bridging between sections
  • Organization: Adhered to time limit (10-12 minutes)

Poster Competition – Judging Criteria

Presenters in the poster competition will be judged using the criteria below. Note: each category is marked as: needs to improve (0 points), meets standards (1 point), or well done (2 points) for a total score out of 22.

KNOWLEDGE AND CONTENT

  • Subject matter: presented so as to be appealing to a diverse audience
  • Background information: Prepared audience for hypotheses and objectives
  • Research objectives and rationale for focus of presentation stated clearly
  • Methods & research design discussed so audience understands approach
  • Results explained clearly with critical and meaningful interpretation
  • Conclusions: Clear take home message, significance, future research needs
  • Answers to questions: Demonstrated in depth knowledge of material and acknowledgement of audience diversity

COMMUNICATION

  • Layout: poster is clear, good layout, graphics used effectively
  • Oral: Pace, voice level, inflection appropriate
  • Nonverbal: Confident, good eye contact, no distracting gestures, professional
  • Organization: Adhered to time limit (~ 3 minutes)