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Is attending a CS conference worth the time?

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 3 years ago


Anonymous Coward writes "Hello Slashdot readers, I am a CS student nearing graduation and i had a couple of questions. One of my professors is recommending submitting a paper to the CCSC (consortium of computing sciences in colleges) in Utah this year for a chance to have my work published in a journal. I realize the value in having thesis work published but i dont really have the money to travel to Utah and stay for two nights. So i guess i am wondering, has anyone ever attended a conference of this nature and if so was it worth the time and money? Just looking for some advice, thanks!"

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DO IT... absolutely! (1)

AardvarkCelery (600124) | more than 3 years ago | (#35333072)

I published a paper at a small conference when I was an undergrad. After working for a few years, I started to apply to graduate schools. My grades were good, but not great. Same goes for GRE scores. I also had a few especially awkward blemishes. Nevertheless, I got into the place I wanted. I strongly believe it is because I had published a paper about my own work. That's what grad students do, so having done it as an undergrad proves to them that you can be successful as a grad student.

Even if I hadn't gone to grad school, the conference was amazing in that it showed me how much was going on in one little area. It helped me learn to think a little bit by seeing a lot of people trying many different directions within that area. That was useful when I was working in industry. There were always better programmers than me, but I had a special knack for exploring a solution space to solve whatever was problem of the day.

This stuff may or may not apply to you and you don't know the future now. However, for the $1500 (or whatever) that it will cost to attend (including airfare, hotel, registration fee, etc.) your best bet is to go.

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