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2.5 Conferences

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It is a good idea to attend conferences, but not necessarily to meet professors. Let’s explain a bit. During conferences professors and presenters are pretty busy and can be stressed out. While it is worthwhile going to see them speak, don’t expect you will make great connections there. What you will definitely get out of attending the conference is a better sense of who the professor is (she speaks really fast) and what their current research is. If you are able to talk to a professor while waiting in line for a Starbucks, use an elevator pitch.

It is as simple as this: If you can talk to a professor in a comfortable way without having to hang around long past the time you’re supposed to hang around, try again. Better yet, get a copy of the presentation which invariably will have the professor’s contact information and email them later, telling them how much you enjoyed their presentation. Of course, be genuine. If you’re just going to write fluff, it’s not going to be worth your time or theirs.


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January 7, 2010 at 9:28 pm

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