Hi there I just finished my Master’s degree and in a couple of months there is a conference about my thesis topic that I would like to have a PhD about. My question is can I present a poster or should I own a PhD already? I read that you can present a poster even with a Master’s degree but my professor told me that’s not true. Should I ask another professor if he is interesting in collaborating with me for a poster or is it dumb? I was thinking on working with the professor I wanted to do my PhD thesis with and maybe work on something small is it possible in only two months? I don’t know how much time you need to prepare a poster. Thank you.

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    Can you describe the conference? Is this the kind of conference which is selective about abstracts and acts something like a peer-reviewed journal? Is the conference aimed at younger researchers (PhD students/postdocs)? Did the conference say anything about poster submissions that give the impression that they are not open to anyone? Jun 20, 2023 at 18:04
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    Why not just ask the conference organisers? There’s no hard and fast rule as far as I know
    – user438383
    Jun 20, 2023 at 18:04
  • @user438383 I thought it may be a dumb question and I didn’t wanna seem like I am overrate myself but yes you are right Jun 20, 2023 at 18:24
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    @Mathematician don’t worry about that, nobody will think you are dumb for asking an honest question like that.
    – user438383
    Jun 20, 2023 at 18:38
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    You sound a bit like you want to prepare a new result just for a poster session. It may vary between fields, but at least in my area of math, posters are more used to advertise existing or upcoming results. That being said, I have seen people present the results from their master-thesis, so that might be a simple solution.
    – mlk
    Jun 20, 2023 at 18:42

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You do not need any specific degree to make and present a poster.

Nobody will check degrees at any point, the only important thing is to produce good work, get it accepted at a conference, and follow conference instructions to build a proper poster, and present it.

In conferences I have seen undergraduate students presenting posters, and even by researchers without degrees (for example, Chris Olah, in Machine Learning).

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