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
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,
EVALUATOR _______________________ Score (0-100):__________________