Academic Rejection and Coping


Just last week I received a decisive email about my presentation proposal that read like this (my comments in italics):

“The proposal review process has been completed and all decisions have been made (in other words, this decision is final – don’t bother begging!). As is always the case, there were more quality proposals than Conference Session slots available (you didn’t have enough space to contain my work), as only 23% of submitted proposals were accepted (great, I’m in the majority). While the merits of your proposal are certainly recognized (my work wasn’t awful), it was not selected. I know this is a disappointment (acknowledging the obvious softens the blow) but we encourage you to maintain your involvement and consider submitting for 2016 (there is always next year).” Continue reading