Note: the points suggested for each area are only suggestions to the faculty - not rigid rules.

RESEARCH TOPIC (10 points)  Is the study appropriate for a student research project?  A low-level travelogue, ideological diatribe, or a family campfire talk is not appropriate.  The scientific purpose or objective(s) of the study should be clearly stated.  The purpose may pose questions to be answered by reserach and/or test observational or instrumentation techniques.  Is the abstract clear and concise?

BACKGROUND, INTRODUCTION, AND LITERATURE (20 points)  Does the presentor give a clear explanation of the scientific principles and processes involved which is understandable to naive viewers?  Is there evidence of a proper literature search and review?  Does the presenter refer to peer-reviewed literature in the talk that matches the bibligraphy?  Are the objectives of the investigation clearly presented?

METHODS AND RESULTS (30 points) Was the project conceived and conducted in an organized way?  Did the investigator employ logical reasoning, critical thinking, use of the scientific method, and absence of overt bias?  Are the assumptions clear?     Are statistics used properly?  Are experimental uncertainties and errors presented and analyzed?


DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION (20 points)   Does the investigator discuss the experimental results and form an appropriate conclusion?  Does the investigator discuss the appropriate scientific implications of the results?   Does he/she handle questions well?

CLARITY AND PRESENTATION (20 points)   Is the project presented in a manner that is easily understood and commands the attention of viewers?  Is the investigator properly dressed for a professional meeting?  Does the presenter articulate well, use acceptable language, proper grammar, and avoid extensive use of slang?  Can he/she be heard by the viewers?  Is there effective use of visual aids, handouts, demonstrations etc?

EVALUATOR  _______________________                        Score (0-100):__________________