Two clear marks of a good scholar or doctoral student are published pieces of research (articles, essays, reviews, etc.) and active participation in academic conferences (presenter, chair, respondent, etc.). Especially for graduate students, the research experience can be very isolated and have a minimal impact without attention to such avenues of dialogue and interaction. Also, practically speaking, when the time comes for the job search, a demonstration of such activity often shows that the prospective professor is a real participant of and contributor to the field of biblical studies. We will begin by discussing how to get involved in conferences.
Gupta, Nijay K., "Conference Participation and Publishing (Chapter Eight of Prepare, Succeed, Advance: A Guidebook for Getting a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies and Beyond)" (2011). Faculty Publications - Portland Seminary. 100.