AMSA Conference Student Awards
At each annual AMSA conference, outstanding student presentations and posters are recognised through a number of sponsored prizes that include:
- Ron Kenny (Paper and Poster)
- Peter Holloway Physical Oceanography (Paper)
- Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation (Poster)
- Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) (Paper and Poster)
- Ernest Hodgkin Estuary Research Award (Paper or Poster)
- Victorian Marine Science Consortium (Paper or Poster)
See rules for details.
Thanks to our sponsors:
Award Rules – these rules apply to the award of all AMSA Student Prizes
1. The Presentation and Poster Prize awards shall be decided by AMSA Council or its appointed Committee. If there are more than five suitable entries in either category, a second prize of such amount as decided by Council may be awarded in that category. A written citation will accompany each prize;
2. The prizes shall be awarded on the determination of a Prizes Committee appointed by the Council of the Association, representing both the Council and the Conference Organising Committee. The decision of the Prizes Committee shall be final;
3. The Prizes Committee, noting the dual objectives of recognising and encouraging student effort, may take the age and experience of students into account in reaching its decision;
4. In judging the oral presentation, the Prizes Committee shall consider clarity of expression, originality, the standard of the scientific contribution, and the presentation (including the ability to stay within the allotted time);
5. Oral presentation and posters may include review of expository materials, progress reports, or substantive research results;
6. In judging the posters, the Prizes Committee shall consider effective use of the poster medium to communicate information, originality and standard of the scientific contribution. Expensive, high-quality graphics and photographs provided by institutions or external agencies will not be a major consideration;
7. Council reserves the right not to award the prizes, or to award only the first prize in each case, if it deems that entries are not of sufficient calibre;
8. A brief personal profile and a photograph of the winner are to be submitted by each prizewinner to the Bulletin Editor by the end of the month in which the conference is held for publication in the AMSA Bulletin.
Judging Criteria for Presentations
The scoring includes five categories each worth 2 points for a score out of 10.
The categories are:
1. Organisation, Layout and Flow:
a. Assessment of clarity of the talk outline
b. Does it have a clear Introduction, methods, results and discussion?
c. Does it have a clear and string conclusion?
a. Assessment of scientific merit
b. Is it advancing the scientific field it relates to?
c. Is there a logical progression of and/or application of methods described?
d. Do they demonstrate a high level of knowledge?
3. Presentation style:
a. Assessment of clarity and speed of delivery
b. Do they manage their time well?
c. Do they engage the audience?
d. Do they demonstrate confidence and enthusiasm?
4. Visual aids:
a. Assessment of relevance, clarity and appropriate use of visual aids.
b. Did visual aids enhance the talk?
a . Were questions answered well, providing both informative and concise responses?