June 22nd, 2015

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Graduate Symposium

My Graduate Symposium went well. Turned out that the poster presentation was on Friday, so I could go to my hospital appointment after all.

I got there on Friday lunchtime, concerned because we were supposed to have put up the posters "at the start of the conference". Actually, when I got there, 9 out of the 32 posters were up. There were no fixed places, you could choose where to put your poster, and I put mine on a poster board that was a little out of the way, but had enough space for me to sit in my wheelchair in front of it. This turned out to be very helpful since the basement room was ridiculously hot and noisy by 2.30pm and I would have felt horribly claustrophobic anywhere else.

Not many people bothered to come over to see my poster (the pitfalls of being a chemist in a biology department) but I managed to impress everyone I spoke to.. And my thesis committee chair was very excited by the potentially NEW STUFF that I might have discovered and said I must get the work finished and written up for publication as soon as possible :)

I didn't win a prize but I didn't expect to - one prize for 32 students & it's not going to be given to one of the two chemists in a room full of biologists. Frankly, the prize was having my thesis committee chair so pleased with me and my work. I don't need a £30 book token for that.

I actually wrote a nice email to the woman who organised the conference thanking her for everything she'd done to make it accessible, with specific examples so that anyone else who does the job can see the sort of thing that is helpful.