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  1. May 11, 2016 #1
    My university system hosted an undergraduate research conference at which I presented a poster that I made. There is another undergraduate research conference that I plan on attending in addition to this. Is it frowned upon to present the same poster at both conferences? I know they're not "real" professional conferences, but I'd just like to make sure that I'm not doing anything that's looked down upon.
     
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  3. May 11, 2016 #2
    I certainly hope there's nothing wrong with that. I used the same poster at the same symposium three years in a row. I had to pay for my own posters and the poster was so general that it described at a third-grade level the research I did all four years. Plus, it was just to fulfill an honors requirement, I also gave an oral presentation at the same symposium that I obviously switched up each year.

    Long story short, it's not really frowned upon, especially if it's at two different conferences. No sane person can be expected to produce new research between two conferences that are so close together. If you're concerned, ask your advisors and see what people usually do.
     
  4. May 11, 2016 #3

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    People do it all the time, especially at showcases such as an undergraduate research conference. If the poster is still relevant, it is ok to use it. It is *very* common for students to re-use conference posters they presented at peer-reviewed conferences at these undergraduate (or graduate) research events.
     
  5. May 11, 2016 #4

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    Technically you shouldn't.

    Most conferences expect you to present an original piece of work, unless otherwise stated. Where this can come back to bite you is if you list these on your CV as separate conference abstract publications. It's like trying to claim twice the credit for work that was done only once. This is something that people on admissions committees or hiring committees know to look out for.

    That said, it's fairly common for people to present posters at larger national or international conferences and then bring the posters back and present them at more local venues. I think it's fine to present the same poster at two conferences that are targeted at undergraduates. And then on your CV, you might list the citation once, but state that the poster was presented at two conferences.
     
  6. May 11, 2016 #5

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    To be fair, you probably won't have "presented paper at my University undergraduate research conference" on your CV for long, but you'll have a poster you presented at a national conference on forever.

    I never put my "department research forum" posters on my CV since they were automatically accepted so they weren't really an accomplishment. For me they were a burden since I had to study for classes!
     
  7. May 11, 2016 #6
    Right, that was my plan. Does presenting at undergraduate events like this help with graduate admissions in general? i.e. it's open to any undergraduate doing research, but at the same time, it's still experience doing a poster.
     
  8. May 11, 2016 #7

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    Check the conference guidelines, eg. https://www.sfn.org/annual-meeting/...or-abstracts/rules-for-scientific-submissions

    "Work submitted for presentation should not have been reported previously in an archival scientific publication, either as an article or as an abstract, at the time of submission.
    Furthermore, the abstract and poster presentation may not be presented at another meeting prior to the scheduled SfN presentation date unless it is at a published satellite event of Neuroscience 2016."

    You can email the conference organizer to check if you are not sure.
     
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  9. May 11, 2016 #8
    This looks to be about a full, new-results, publication, professional conference, though. How does that compare to conferences held specifically for undergrads to show their research?
    I will check out the website, though.
     
  10. May 11, 2016 #9

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    I'm not sure, it probably varies, so check the specifics for the conferences you are interested in, and send them an email if their website doesn't seem to be very clear.
     
  11. May 12, 2016 #10

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    It's largely the research project itself that's the big help with graduate school admissions. But generally speaking I think that presenting your work, even at an undergraduate conference or a local venue is seen positively. Presenting your work is part of being a successful researcher.
     
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