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Serve as a Reviewer for SPSP’s Student Awards

Would you like to gain experience with the peer-review process? Then consider being a reviewer for SPSP's student awards! You'll learn what it's like to be on the other side of the review process by helping evaluate the research of your peers. 

To apply to be a reviewer, please fill out the application here. We will contact you in early October to let you know whether or not you have been selected as a reviewer.

What are the benefits of becoming a reviewer for SPSP?

  • Gain editorial experience in the peer-review process
  • Give back to your research community
  • Add an esteemed position to your CV
  • Provide support for students and help to ensure that reviews are critical and fair

Who can become a reviewer?

  • Graduate student members, post-doctoral scholars, faculty, and SPSP members who hold a doctorate.
  • Prior reviewing experience is NOT required.
  • If you have submitted an application as a competitor for an award, you may NOT serve as a reviewer for that specific award in the same year.
  • Prospective reviewers must be able and willing to commit enough time to adequately review approximately 5-10 submissions. The number of submissions assigned for review will not exceed 10 hours overall. 

What does being a reviewer entail?

  • Depending on your availability and field of research, you may be asked to review either the Outstanding Research Award (ORA), the Student Poster Award (SPA), or both.
    • For each ORA submission, reviewers will evaluate an abstract and a (maximum) 3 page project summary of the student's research. Ideally, each submission will have at least 2 reviewers.
    • For each SPA submission, reviewers will evaluate both the quality of the poster and the accompanying 500-word research summary.
    • Faculty may be asked to act as an SPA secret judge at the 2018 conference in Atlanta, GA. Secret judges will be asked to walk around and review the finalists' posters without the presenter's knowledge.
  • You'll be given a judging rubric to ensure that your feedback is comprehensive but also doesn't take up too much of your time! 
  • You'll have the option to provide comments if you wish to elaborate on any of your scoring decisions.
  • You'll have a 3-week period between October 6 – October 27 to complete your reviews. In total, you shouldn't expect to spend more than 10 hours total, so you'll have plenty of time to get them done.


  • The deadline to apply to become a reviewer is September 22, 2017. If you are selected, you'll complete your reviews during October. 

How to Apply to be a Reviewer:

  • You can complete the reviewer application here. All fields are required. 
  • You will be notified of whether you have been selected as a reviewer by early October.

Thank you and please feel free to contact the SPSP Student Committee with any questions at