October 25, 2017, by Lisa Chin

My LINK ’17 Experience

This post is written by Janet Tan Sui Ling, Best PGR Presenter of UNMC LINK ’17 PG Conference.

UNMC LINK ’17 Postgraduate (PG) Conference was the first ever conference on campus organised by PG students, for PG students. Yeah, something for us! With that, I felt obliged to participate in this conference. It was a good opportunity for me as I have not attended any conferences before, neither overseas nor local, so basically my experience in presenting in a conference was zero at that time. There was no participation fee and this conference offered attractive prizes. So, why not?

My first ever presentation as a PG student was my own research talk which is a requirement for all students from the Faculty of Science. I practiced extremely hard for it that the script was well-embedded in my mind. On the other hand, my first ever experience of standing on stage, holding a microphone and talking in front of an audience who knows nothing about my research was this year’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. It was a useful albeit nerve-wrecking experience. Looking back, without these experiences, I don’t think I would be able to present confidently and be at ease at the same time during the UNMC LINK ’17 PG Conference. I was happy to have won the Best PGR Presenter Award and the prize of RM1,500 conference funding was the icing on the cake. I would definitely urge my fellow PG students to take part in competitions, no matter how big or small, and keep trying because who knows, something big might be waiting for you!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my supervisor, Professor Nashiru Billa, for his continuous support. I would also like to thank my family and fellow comrades from the Drug Delivery Lab: Rayan, Shi Ting, Jing Luen, Alya and Rajesh. Last but not least, I would like to thank the Postgraduate Student Network (PGSN) and the Graduate School for providing me with the platform to present my research to a wider audience.

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