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Attending national and international conferences
This is a good way to get to know the academicians in a particular field of interest.
This is also a great way to get good connections and networking.
I would strongly recommend at least 1/2 national conferences and 1 international conference before you head off to another country or make it a part of the plan.
Also will give you an up to date knowledge of the different fields.
As an undergraduate, there will be a lot of opportunity in conferences for poster presentation - most competitions have an upper age limit as well.
It is better to do this when you are younger and undergraduate - as the expectations are not that high - Most posters will be accepted.
You can present a unique case you have seen / an article/research/a treatment plan / an idea - anything really on a poster.
This is how the session is chaired for poster discussion.
Most conferences will have paper presentations and if you contact early slots for undergraduate presentation will be there.
Here is an example - you have to submit your abstract and they will evaluate it and then call you to present it if it's good.
It may take you a few times but ask for help from your staff and be persistent in your efforts.
What you present as an undergraduate is never looked down and would be appreciated as good effort most of the time, the higher the presentation rank the tougher it gets.
Always ask for an opportunity