Student Competition: Oral Presentation



  • $100 for First Place
  • Name and photo announcement for local media
  • Announcement on the International Microscopy Listserv
  • Bonus: Oral presenters will receive 1/3 off their conference registration (from $60 to $40).


  • Subject matter should be a biological- or a biological/materials science- project you have worked on, highlighting use of the core facilities of MRL, Beckman or IGB.
  • Upload a 1/2 page abstract (2-3 images may be included) online with your registration by October 10, 2014.
  • Be available (a participant of the conference) during the afternoons of November 12 & 13
  • The presentation should include tutorial-like explanations of the principles of the instruments and techniques used.
  • The presentation should use Keynote or PowerPoint or other presentation software compatible with the presentation system.


  • Entries accepted from meeting registrants only
  • Participants are to be Graduate or Undergraduate Students from an institution of higher learning
  • Entries limited to 12 oral presentations
  • The presentation shall be 15 minutes long, followed by a 5-minute Q&A session
  • One speaker per entry

Judging criteria (including but not limited to)

  • Methods and instrumentation explained in tutorial fashion
  • Knowledge of the instrument(s) and technique(s) shown
  • Subject delivered to the audience in an understandable and ordered manor
  • Delivery that demonstrates understanding rather than memorization
  • Audio clarity of the presentation
  • Effective visual aids
  • Sufficient number of images
  • Performance during Q&A
  • Presentation within the allotted time
  • Winners will be announced at the end of the 2nd day of competition