Presenting your research at a professional conference provides
closure to the research process,
a context for your research amongst other ongoing research,
an opportunity to interact with other students and researchers about your work,
an exposure to the fullness of Earth science research as a viable career option, and
numerous networking opportunities with internship alumni and potential graduate advisors.
Interns and their advisors are free to present their research at a variety of professional meetings, e.g. GSA, SSA, the IRIS Annual Workshop. However, most interns and their hosts choose to present that the Fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Since AGU is the most popular venue for interns and their hosts to present their research, IRIS has initiated a number of supplemental functions at this event to help interns get the most from your visit. The most prominent are the IRIS Internship alumni reception and intern field trip generally run jointly with another REU program. Additionally, IRIS interns are integrated into the mentoring and student interaction opportunities provided at the meeting by the AGU and AGI and education programs (e.g. ice breaker, student mixer, career guidance workshop, networking luncheon, etc).
"The culmination of my internship experience was the presentation of research results at a professional conference."