vse Posted December 17, 2016 Share Posted December 17, 2016 (edited) Hello folks: Searching through old threads on this topic, I have seemed to hear two things repeated here and there: (1) Presentations during undergraduate don't matter or don't matter much and (2) You shouldn't publish as an undergraduate. I wanted to reach out, if possible, and ask if this resonates as true (the answers I found were disparate and it wasn't the primary focus of questioning); if so, then I am concerned about what the potential for harm is. I have presented at two conferences and have a few abstracts out for consideration - one was a poster session and one was a presentation; neither were undergraduate (I do also have one of those, but tend to be conflicted about including it on my C.V at all because the paper was out of my AOIs. Part of the reason I am starting this thread is that in a lot of prior ones people were assuming the OP was referring to undergraduate presentations). They were sincerely some of the best experiences of my life and solidified my decision to enter Philosophy, so I wouldn't change them - they also pushed me out of my comfort zone and I grew a lot. It would of course disappoint me if my conference activity won't be of help given the time and labor that has gone in to making them possible, but it wouldn't change my desire to attend / participate / present. Given that, I am wondering what harm I could do unintentionally and if there are any notes of caution I should keep in mind. I am also wondering about the possibility for networking. I have had the opportunity to speak with and meet Philosophers in my AOI at multiple universities, as well as make connections within professional orgs. that contain more, and this includes those who work at graduate schools I might want to apply to. I value those relationships for their own sake, but am wondering if my intuition that I should take that opportunity seriously and follow through - that it could help - is correct. Finally, I received unexpected positive feedback on the last paper I presented and was encouraged to publish and asked that I share further edits. I am unsure that everyone who made that recommendation was aware I was an undergraduate student (I didn't hide it; it just didn't come up). Should I not do this out of risk that the work I produce will not be what I want associated with my name one, two, five, ten, etc. years down the road? Thank you for your time! Edited December 17, 2016 by vse Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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