Benefits and logistics of nonpresenting undergraduate students attending a professional scientific meeting


At most academic institutions, it is considered a privilege to attend scientific meetings as an undergraduate student. Quite often, only those students who are engaged in research activity are provided this opportunity (7, 13). Institutional funding for undergraduate researchers to attend these types of meetings is typically dependent on an invitation to present their research. The benefits of this type of student engagement are clear. Students gain valuable communication skills by presenting their research findings. A poster or podium presentation forces undergraduate presenters to analyze and organize their data and compose a clear and concise summary of their findings and conclusions and also requires students to write in a more sophisticated scientific manner than typically necessary for class projects or laboratory reports. However, many benefits of attending a professional scientific meeting are not limited to the preparation and act of presenting.

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Advances in Physiology Education


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