Applications are invited each year for graduate students to participate in APS Pacific Division’s Graduate Student Oral Presentation Competition. The award, established in 2000, is intended to increase opportunities for graduate students who attend institutions within the Pacific Division to participate in APS Pacific Division meetings, receive recognition for their research, meet other graduate students and scientists, and gain experience in presenting scientific information to an audience.
The monetary gifts are $500.00 for first place, $300.00 for second, and $200.00 for third place. To participate, graduate students must designate such when they fill-out their meeting registration form, and (i) be enrolled as a regular student in an accredited University in the Pacific Division at the time the paper is submitted; (ii) be a member in good standing of the Pacific Division at the time the paper is submitted; (iii) be sole or senior author of the paper; (iv) present the paper orally at a meeting of the Pacific Division; and (v) submit a complete application package. Graduate students who receive a Graduate Student Travel Grant award must compete in the Graduate Student Oral Presentation Competition.
The application package includes the following:
The chairperson of the judging committee for the award is appointed by the Pacific Division President. The chairperson, in turn, selects three to four active division members to serve on the committee. No individual will judge a paper presented by one of their own students. Selection of the winner will be based on criteria listed in the judging score sheet (Judges Form). The committee may present more than one award or decline to give an award if, in its judgment, none of the papers presented are worthy. The program should try to be arranged so that all papers competing for the award will be presented first in the program. The awards will be presented by the chairperson of the judging committee or a representative of the President during the annual Pacific Division Business meeting.
To be included in the oral presentation competition, submit Word files of the two abstracts the current APS Pacific Division President.