Oral presentations will be judged on the basis of 1) scientific content based on the articulation of the problem, soundness of hypothesis testing, methodology, and analyses; 2) oral and visual quality of the delivery; and 3) demonstration of confidence and depth of understanding of the material.
A panel of awards judges will be appointed before the Colloquium. For each presentation, the official judges will complete both a numerical and a narrative evaluation form (see criteria on the form here). Following the final presentation, all official judges will meet to discuss their evaluations and select the award recipient. Additional narrative evaluation forms will be made available to selected audience members during the Oral Presentation Sessions so that presenters will be provided with additional feedback, but this feedback will not be considered in selecting the award recipient.
The award winner, to be announced following the Colloquium, will receive a personalized certificate of recognition and a cash award (sponsored by Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society), which will be presented by Dr. Rob Dillon, advisor of Sigma Xi.