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Guide to delivering a conference presentation


Attending scholarly conferences is pretty much a must in the life of a graduate student. Some grad students attend several conferences each year, while others attend maybe just one. It all depends on your discipline, your supervisor’s expectations, what funding is available for travel, and how much “spare” time you have.  As detailed in my post about this topic, attending conferences has many benefits and can greatly enhance your grad student experience. Sooner or later, though, you will realize that merely attending conferences may not be enough to meet your goals. You are going to need to present at conferences too.
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Conference funding sources

Academic conference

Conferences are a great way for graduate students to build their academic and professional profiles, while also getting valuable experience for everyday activities. Whether you are presenting, chairing, or moderating a session, or just dropping in to listen to the ideas of other scholars, attending conferences is an essential activity for grad students to get and remain connected in the scholarly community and to learn the ropes from experienced scholars.

But what if you’ve been accepted to present at a conference, and you’re raring and ready to go, but are not super excited about dolling out the cash that it take to register and travel? Well, you’re going to have to figure out how to pay for it somehow, but most grad students don’t have extra money to spend spontaneously on travel, lodging, registration, and food — a two-day conference can quickly cost well over $500. Where should the money come from then? Read More