I need some advice on a few research opportunities I have right now. As a high school senior who has done scientific research throughout my high school career (presented at Intel ISEF as well), I have been interested in presenting my research at more professional conferences – similar to how undergraduates and graduate students present their work at research conferences.
I have applied for a few high school level international science conferences, such as IYRC (oral presentation) and HSRC at Harvard (general conference), but my main question here would be mainly about the general international research conferences. I have submitted my work to a few international research conferences that are targeted more towards graduate and PhD students, and fortunately got invited to present oral/poster presentations at some of them.
I was wondering how much weight will presenting at these conferences hold? In the academic sense, I guess presenting at scientific conferences is a nice addition to the CV, but how much weight will that add to my research experience for college admissions? I would have to travel to different countries to attend some of these conferences, and they’re not necessarily the “big name” conferences like IEEE (I don’t think a high school student could possibly present there lol) or even as large as high school level Intel ISEF (which is the only really “major” experience I have). However, they are still considered international level and I did have to be selected to speak, and my abstract would appear in the conference proceedings, so what weight would this add to my application/resume/CV? I’d want to know this info so that I can decide whether it’s even worth presenting at these conferences.
BTW, just for reference, some of these conferences I’m talking about include ICVISP Vancouver August 26, ICAST Singapore October 4, and ICBEB Seoul October 22.
Thank you in advance for your help!