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What to wear to research presentations

  1. Mar 23, 2013 #1
    My P.I. tells me to wear a full on formal dress suit, short of a tux, but other professors have told me that their students have attended with just a dress shirt and khakis and that a dress suit is actually too much for something like a poster presentation and could almost make me look bad...is there a correct etiquette for this kind of thing?
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  3. Mar 23, 2013 #2


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    What exactly do you mean with "research presentation"? Presentation where? In which area? With which educational background?

    Some scientific conference? A dress suit can be seen at the level of professors (especially in theoretic areas), rarely for PhD students.
    Some presentation for media/politics/funding related/...? I think a dress suit is fine.
  4. Mar 23, 2013 #3
    Oh, I forgot to mention the specifics in my post...just an undergraduate poster presentation at a symposium for physics/chemistry/biology/engineering. I think the fields are all mixed there.
  5. Mar 23, 2013 #4


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    In general, these things default to "business casual" but I would go with what your supervisor tells you. It's not impossible that he or she want to convey a certain level of formalism from everyone in the lab or tha he or she is aware of something you're not.
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