What kind of research experience is a good or satisfactory research experience for grad school admissions ? There are tons of venues even IEEE has some easy to get conferences which has its name attached to.
So when someone says he has research experience it is very subjective and differs from reading a few papers about ones field to publishing in national level to mediocre international level conferences.
Also there are places where a professor at a respected institution may get his paper rejected.
So I am totally confused which research experience is really a research experience ? How do you set the thresold ?
What happens if I have easy to get >5 IEEE conference papers which are may be unheard or new ones such as 2nd IEEE conf on X ? Will I get an edge over other people with no publications or who does not want to publish at such places ? Should I lean towards this approach ?
Good letters from MIT will be a good indicator but what if you have no such recommender or he is tottaly unknown ?