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Presenting your master’s thesis at a conference

Recently I presented my thesis at ApacheCon North America in Atlanta. I wrote about my experience in a blog post for Google’s Open Source Blog: 

http://google-opensource.blogspot.com/2010/11/life-after-google-summer-of-code.html

If you’re interested in presenting your thesis at a conference, i’d highly recommend going for it. It truly is a great experience! There are various opportunities for students. My advise is to become a member of a professional or academic organization. And then look for a conference that is organized every year. Probably you will need to apply at least 6 months or one year in advance. So preparation is key.

In my field, professional and academic organizations include USENIX, ACM, IEEE, among others. But there are also more specific organizations. Furthermore, opportunities for students often include financing. In my case, the airfare and hotel were covered. Plus speaking in public at a conference is great practice for your thesis defense! It has been for me, although I haven’t presented yet. But already I feel more confident knowing I presented in front of 30 people and things went ok.

So if you’re thinking of presenting your thesis at a conference, my advise is go for it! Look online, opportunities are plentiful for those who search for them.

Best of luck! 

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