Conferences provide a means for students to formally present their research and network with peers in their field of study. Not only is participation an asset on academic resumes, it affords students the opportunity to experience the work and methodology of fellow researchers firsthand.

Where to Start

• Do some research! Search the internet for local and national conferences in your area(s) of study. Talk with fellow students in your major (including graduate students)
• Once you have found a conference, approach your professors and department advisor for advice
• Speak with the Graduate Advisors at the Undergraduate Research Center. That's what they are here for

Dollars and Sense

• Take the cost of travel and lodging into consideration
• Ask your departmental advisor about funding. Some departments have resources set aside specifically for undergraduates
• Apply for the Undergraduate Conference Travel Fund through the Undergraduate Research Center 

Preparing for a Conference

• Before you register, decide on the kind of presentation you want to give: poster or paper
• Check the conference's website for registration and abstract submission deadlines
• Book your flights or hotel rooms once you know the dates you will be attending; for larger events, availability will be limited

I'm Here; Now What?

• Remember: when at a conference, you are acting as a representative of Binghamton University. Always dress and behave in a professional manner. Be an ambassador for your program!
• Review the conference program and plan in advance which presentations you will attend. Simultaneous events may prevent you from seeing everything, so feel free to contact presenter(s) via email to inquire about their research

Last Updated: 1/7/15