All forms of science are reliant on facts, hard evidence and statistics to maintain relevance and credibility. But what of the legitimacy of the so-called “pseudosciences”? A warning: I’m going to pick on cryptozoology here – the study of hidden, extinct or mythical creatures.
When it comes to
conferences, I have only this to say:
Go to lots and
present your work wherever you can.
At some point as a
graduate student, your supervisor will tell you to get along to an academic
conference. And you should.Of course though, go to conferences that are
relevant to your research.Unless you
have money and time to burn, there’s not much point attending the “International
Sand Castle Colloquium” if your research area is glass blowing.
So, following are
my justifications for being a conference junky.
A couple of months ago Solomon told us about his
experience of the PhD Confirmation of Candidature process, which left him
ruined. Now, my turn.
What is it? Don’t worry, it doesn’t involve a
priest. At its core the confirmation is done
in two parts, a written research proposal and a verbal presentation delivered to
a research panel. Though the presentation
is a repeat of what you write in the proposal, you need both because the
research committee will probably not read, or even understand the research proposal.
Also, in case they fall asleep during
your presentation, they will have something to refer back to.