How to Keep your Doctorate on Track
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How to Keep your Doctorate on Track

Insights from Students’ and Supervisors’ Experiences

Edited by Keith Townsend, Mark N.K. Saunders, Rebecca Loudoun and Emily A. Morrison

The path of a doctoral student can feel challenging and isolating. This guide provides doctoral students with key ideas and support to kick-start a doctoral journey, inspire progress and complete their thesis or dissertation. Featuring observations from experienced supervisors, as well as the reflections of current and recent postgraduate researchers, this intimate and entertaining book offers vital insights into the critical moments in any doctoral experience.
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Chapter 52: Are conferences worth attending as a graduate student? Reflections and lessons from a former graduate student

Tomika W. Greer


For the purposes of this chapter, a “conference” is a formal multi-day event of several hundred to several thousand people during which attendees give presentations and workshops related to topics of interest to other attendees. The author shares her own experiences of attending conferences while in graduate school as a doctoral student, before providing some useful advice to current students. This advice encompasses choosing the right conference and maximizing the conference experience, including being assertive and pre-planning, and reflecting on the conference experience afterwards. The chapter incorporates students’ comments before attending a conference as well as their responses to being asked whether it was worth attending the conference as a graduate student. Following a few final guidelines, the chapter concludes with six key lessons for keeping your doctorate on track.

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