At every level of the competition each competitor’s presentation will be assessed according to the criteria listed below. Please note that each criterion is equally weighted.
- Did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
- Did the presenter clearly outline the nature and aims of research?
- Do you know what is significant about this research?
- Did the presentation follow a logical sequence?
- Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
- Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or ‘dumb down’ their research?
- Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their work?
- Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience’s attention?
- Would I like to know more about the speaker’s research?
- Was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to a 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 scientific jargon, explain terminology that needed to be used, and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
- Did the presenter spend the right amount of time on each element of their presentation – or did they elaborate for too long or were rushed?
- Did the PowerPoint slide enhance, rather than detract from, their presentation – was it clear, legible and concise?