‘Scientific Collaboration Means Collective Celebration’: My First Experience Planning and Presenting at a Research Conference

The first annual Northwest Social Cognitive Development Conference (NSCDC) was my first ever research conference, and the first time I was able to assist in organizing a research conference. The purpose of this conference was to gather researchers from all across the Cascadia Corridor to discuss and present on current topics in developmental science, specifically pertaining to social and cognitive development. I did a poster presentation about my current project on infants’ prosocial expectations. Aside from being my first presentation opportunity, I also had the chance to network with many talented researchers and professionals in the field, and learn from their work and experiences in academia.

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“I’m stuck!”: How to get around writer’s block

Think back to the biggest, most important project or assignment that you’ve ever worked on. You’re sitting down at your desk, your laptop in front of you. You take a deep breath, put your hands on the keyboard, and start to write. But as soon as you get those first first four letters out, you pause, then –

backspace, backspace, backspace, backspace.

It just wasn’t good enough. You take a deep breath, and you start again. You get out words one, two, three, four and five and then

backspace, backspace, backspace, backspace, backspace.

It just wasn’t good enough…again. You start wondering if you’re ever going to get this done. You watch the clock, precious seconds go by as you rack your brain, trying to find the words you want to say. You start wondering- ‘will I get this done?

Does this sound familiar?

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