How to Stand Out at an Academic Conference

This was a joint workshop presented by the Iliff Career Center and the Iliff Writing Lab.

Iliff students of all degrees regularly attend the AAR/SBL/ASOR Rocky Mountain-Great Plains Regional Meeting as well as various national and regional conference for other fields and guilds. If you are presenting a paper or plan on doing so in the future these handouts, slides, and video can tell you what you need to know.

 

Networking tactics that introduce you to employment considerations

Download the detailed slides for this part of the presentation here.

These slides cover steps to take before, during, and after a conference to make sure you have the best opportunities to make strong connections.

These slides cover steps to take before, during, and after a conference to make sure you have the best opportunities to make strong connections.

  • Creating an effective Letter of Introduction
  • Making a Professional Prospectus
  • Networking during the Conference
  • One-on-one meetings
  • Funnel conversations
  • Attending presentations
  • Working a Room
  • Following up on Conference Connections 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO CREATE A MEMORABLE PRESENTATION

Listen to or download the audio from this presentation here:

1) Have ONE thing to say: create a strong thesis that you clearly state up front and support well. This means having discipline.

2) Write for the ear:

  • shorter words
  • shorter sentences
  • contractions: write like you know you talk
  • choose your big-ticket vocabulary carefully
  • know your audience

3) Practice in advance: Ask for the opportunity to present in front of your peers or friends. Contact writing@iliff.edu to ask about opportunities to practice your papers.

What can your audience take home?

1) Your ONE idea for this paper.

2) A paper supplement handout:

Download a copy of the annotated example I use in the audio presentation here.

What a supplement might include:

Title of Presentation including relevant information
The Abstract from the Conference
“Meat-In-the-Middle” of your presentation – aspects that couldn’t be fleshed-out in the presentation but can be useful to people back at their own settings (e.g. in a bibliography)
Professional background and expertise that highlights how you came to the subject of the presentation
Specific skills developed from doing the work
Links to your website, etc.


 

Citing Your Sources: Gathering Your Friends

Citing your sources is an important and sometimes confusing part of academic writing.  In this workshop, we will give you some tools for understanding when, where, and how to cite your sources properly and with minimal fuss. Learn how to avoid plagiarism and gather your friends. 

Citing your sources is an important and sometimes confusing part of academic writing.  In the "Citing Your Sources, Gathering Your Friends," video here I give you some tools for understanding when, where, and how to cite your sources properly and with minimal fuss. Learn how to avoid plagiarism and gather your friends.

First, don't forget about our Iliff Bloomfire Community where you can get your citation question answered for everyone.  Don't be shy!

Iliff also has a subscription to the Chicago Manual of Style Online. It's free to you!

For a guide Chicago for students, we recommend Kate L. Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers, 8th ed. Revised by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. Chicago: University of Chicago, 2013. ISBN: 9780226816388

We also love the thorough resources for citation found at the OWL at Purdue. It offers online handouts covering writing, research, grammar, and Chicago, MLA and APA style.

Some other good citation resources around the internet:

 

Make A Thesis Work for You

Don't work for the thesis statement; make it work for you!  In this workshop video, I give ideas for making a solid thesis statement at the beginning or end of a writing project and show how a solid thesis keeps you organized, focused, and even relevant.

Handouts:

 

 

 

 

Write the Right Paper

Nothing is more frustrating than writing a solid paper, only to find that it is not quite the paper that the assignment required.  In this "Writing the Right Paper" video, I give some tips and tricks for good planning, identifying the writing situation and understanding what an assignment requires of you.