Conferences: How to Rub Elbows with Purpose

Conferences: How to Rub Elbows with Purpose

Going to a conference soon? Make use of your time by introducing yourself to others in your field. Don't be shy!

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Peter
Most researchers find their own research interesting. Most other people find their research boring. So, if you find their research... Read More
Saturday, 14 September 2013 16:14
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Conference Tips: Presenting a Paper

Conference Tips: Presenting a Paper

About to give a paper talk at a conference? Here are some solid tips to ensure success:

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Peter
Here are some more tips: Get to the room early - It lets you relax a little, lets you find out any technology things you have to ... Read More
Saturday, 31 August 2013 08:30
SaraB
Great tips!! I totally agree w/animations on a powerpoint. I once saw a talk where all the bullet points were giant cutesy flowers... Read More
Saturday, 07 September 2013 05:48
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Conference Tips: Presenting a Poster

Conference Tips: Presenting a Poster

Are you about to present a poster at a research conference? Here are some tips to ensure a great poster session:

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Peter
Good tips! I'll add some. Get some business cards. They are very cheap (you can have them made up at Staples or similar places... Read More
Thursday, 15 August 2013 15:41
SaraB
Thanks for the tips, Peter! I love the business card idea, and I totally agree that less is better than more. I used to make the m... Read More
Sunday, 18 August 2013 13:13
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Conference Presentations: Poster or Talk?

Conference Presentations: Poster or Talk?

Presenting your research at a conference? Should you present a poster or a paper? Here are some pros and cons of both.

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zmirtsching
Are there any other types of presentations? Or are these the two main types?
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 11:56
Peter
I have seen a few others. At some conferences there are "hands on workshops" and "pre conference training" - these are probably no... Read More
Thursday, 15 August 2013 15:34
SaraB
@zmirtsching, thanks for your question! I've seen another category at conferences called "symposium session." That usually consist... Read More
Thursday, 01 August 2013 04:37
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The Best Scientific Collaborations Start with...Facebook??

The Best Scientific Collaborations Start with...Facebook??

Following the theme of networking, I recently hosted my friend Pam from the University of Alberta.  I met Pam at the Northwest Regional Meeting of the Society of Developmental Biologists in 2007.   Pam was an undergraduate who works on the development of freshwater sponges, and I was a graduate student at the University of Oregon working on marine worms, and we found our shared appreciation for enigmatic invertebrates and how studying their development helps us to understand the evolution of the animal body plan.

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How Do YOU Make Connections?

How Do YOU Make Connections?

Like most of my fellow life science PhDs, I have thought the most about tenure track research positions. Facing the reality that only about 14% of us will end up in those positions, I’ve tried to keep an open mind about the diversity of career outcomes that will enable me to apply my PhD towards. 

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