Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
Student Awards

Best Student Presentation Awards

           At the 37th PVSC, the Best Student Presentation Award will once again be given to the outstanding student presentation within each area.  To adapt to the ever-increasing size of the PVSC and to ensure the award is given to the most deserving student, we have revised our process for identifying the Best Student Presentations.  Above all else, we believe the new process will enhance the recognition of the top students during the conference so more conference attendees have the opportunity to see these outstanding contributions first hand.


The revised student submission and award selection process is explained below, but we want to emphasize one significant change that will affect your eligibility for winning the Best Student Presentation Award.  To be eligible for the Best Student Presentation Award you must complete the Student Award Application. The deadline for submission of the Student Award Application is the same as the abstract submission deadline, February 21.  Therefore, we strongly encourage you to review the student award selection process to ensure you complete the necessary application requirements on time.  We will not accept late Student Award Applications. 

Student Award Checklist

  • Prepare your extended abstract for submission
  • Prepare your Research Statement (described below, and also refer to selection criteria to ensure key information is provided)
  • During abstract submission: (the steps below indicate the step in the online submission website
    • In step (2) “Authors”, be sure to select yourself as the presenting author
    • In step (5) “Information”, when you select “Oral” as the submission type (question *3.) an additional question (*6.) will become visible.   
    • Confirm your intent to be considered for the best student presentation award by checking the box.  This will make additional fields become visible.
    • Complete student award application by filling in the information and uploading your Research Statement.
  • Your abstract and application will be reviewed and the top 2-5 applicants will be selected as finalists in each AREA
  • If you are identified as a finalist, you will be notified and your abstract will be accepted for oral presentation.
  • Accept the invitation to present an oral presentation and be reviewed as a Best Student Presentation Finalist
  • Should you accept, your status as a finalist will be indicated in the Yellow Book.
  • The winner will be acknowledged during the closing session.
  • The winner will receive a plaque and $150 cash award.

Research Statement
A research statement is to be uploaded as a part of the student award application and will be used as supplementary information to the submitted abstract (or “current work”) to determine the finalists in each area for the Best Student Award.  This research statement is limited to one (1) page and should:

  1. Summarize the student’s research objectives and how the current work supports these objectives.
  2. Detail the student’s specific contributions to the current work.


  1. Student must be presenting author of abstract submitted for review.
  2. Student must complete application before deadline.
  3. Student must present their work as an oral presentation at the conference during their scheduled presentation time.
  4. Student must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student, or have completed their graduate studies after the 37th PVSC abstract submission deadline.

Criteria for Selection

Finalist Determination

  1. Excellence in submitted abstract including novelty, advancement to status of field, broader impact of research
  2. Demonstrated knowledge of topic area and significant contribution to current work as described in Research Statement

Winner Determination (based on presentation, application, and abstract)

  1. Technical Merit:  novelty of work, advancement of field, thoroughness of work, accuracy of analysis.
  2. Clarity of Presentation: Quality of written and presented information, clarity in communication of work, efficient use of graphics / figures to convey complex information, logical flow of results.
  3. Impact: results represent a significant advancement in field or may lead to such advancement (i.e., paradigm shift).
  4. Oral Presentation: Organized summary of work is provided including the necessary background, description of approach, description of results, and conclusions; knowledgeable of presented research and its relation to the state of field; may suggest future strategies for extending the work.