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Presentation evaluation criteria


A) Presentation of Technical Content (35%):

  1. Motivation – 10%

    • Why should the audience learn about this research?
    • What motivates the work?
  2. Explanation of quality of research methods – 15%

    • The audience should be given sufficient information about how research was carried out to accept results and conclusions.
    • Thoroughness – evaluating and addressing contingencies, stating assumptions
    • Validation of results against a known standard
  3. Significance of the research – 10%

    • What contribution does this research work make to the field of interest?
    • What impact does the work have?

B) Presentation Style (60%):

  1. Visual Communication – 20%

    • Effective and innovative use of media
    • Font size large enough to be read from back of the room
    • Any movies, external links, or demos work
  2. Oral Communication – 15%

    • Confidence in speaking (loud enough, not too fast)
    • Not monotone, avoiding ‘fillers’ (ummm), etc.
  3. Use of the presentation as a teaching tool – 15%

    • Logically organized to give the audience a clear understanding of the research
    • Difficult material clearly explained to a broad, multi-disciplinary, technical audience
  4. Effectiveness in answering questions from the audience – 10%

    • Speaker took the time to correctly understand the question
    • Speaker gave concise, logical answers to the question asked

​3) Popular Vote (5%)


Sample Scoresheet:

The juges will score the presentations based on the following shoresheet. For each numerical score, 1 is the lowest and 5 is the highest.