19/09/2018 – Post by Monash ICUR Student Director Peter Halat

ICUR is now less than 1 week away! Are you starting to feel nervous about your presentation?  Don’t worry,  this is the chance to reveal your hard work to the world! There is still plenty of time to prepare and revise your presentation, and it’s completely understandable to be anxious and nervous leading into the event. Firstly, it is a great achievement to present your research at a conference, whether it be by a poster or through a spoken presentation.

You should keep in mind is that ICUR is designed as a showcase for international, interdisciplinary undergraduate research. This means that ICUR is supportive of any research performed by undergraduate students and this motivation will trickle down to every panel. Every presenter will be welcomed with a round of applause and every presentation will finish with a round of applause. The session chair for your panel will make sure you feel comfortable and included in your panel. Furthermore, ICUR solely features undergraduate research, meaning that there are many other undergraduate students who are also feeling just as nervous as yourself. However, you can play a part in the collective audience at ICUR, be supportive of everyone, and expect everyone to be supportive of you.

It goes without saying that practising your presentation will help you feel prepared. You could even anticipate possible questions in your practice. Walking up to present your research feels a lot better when you have a few great rehearsals under your belt. If you’ve proven to yourself that you can speak well by yourself, or in front of your friends, family or pets, then you can prove to yourself that you’re capable of presenting in front in an ICUR audience.

My last piece of advice is to separate your research from your emotions. Your research represents a body of work performed by you and is not a direct representation of yourself. Research is all about learning new things and everyone is on their own journey. Many things may have become clearer to you in hindsight. Questions that might come across as tricky could just represent new avenues of learning and you should treat them as such. In fact, you could take any questions as compliments towards how interesting your research is!

Happy rehearsing! I look forward to seeing your research.