Who are the judges?
Presentations in the semi-finals and finals will be judged by a panel of judges from the University of Alberta and the Edmonton community.
What are the judges looking for?
- Was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to a general/non-specialist audience?
- Did the speaker use sufficient eye contact and vocal range, maintain a steady pace, and a confident stance?
- Did the speaker avoid jargon, explain terminology, and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
- Did the speaker spend the right amount of time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate for too long or were they rushed?
- Did the PowerPoint slide enhance, rather than detract, from their presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?
- Did the presentation help the audience understand the research and research methods?
- Did the presenter clearly outline the nature and aims of the research?
- Was the significance and impact of the presenter's research clearly defined?
- Did the presentation follow a logical sequence?
- Did the presentation make the audience want to know more?
- Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or overly generalize the research?
- Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
- Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?