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The Professional Development Award for Graduate Students is supported by the Office of the Provost to help University of Delaware graduate students participate in significant professional conferences pertaining to their field of study. Conference travel is essential to the academic growth and development of graduate students. It affords opportunities for presentation of student work in a professional setting, as well as opportunities for networking and exposure to the latest academic research. We invite you to explore our world view and see where our students have been and where they are heading to next.

This map was added 12-15-2015 and is a growing snapshot of our recent award recipients.

In the Spotlight

Below is a sampling of the most recent award recipients.

 

Nancy Elizabeth Naranjo Garcia

PROGRAM: Foreign Languages & Literatures

The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies

Kobe, Japan
June 1, 2018

In the case of graduate studies on film and literature, conferences and symposiums are places to find other research angles. In Kobe, Japan, at the Asian Conference on Cultural Studies in June 2018, I presented on cinema studies that consider the aesthetic of massacres, especially violence from the nation-state directed at political activists. The trajectory of my research incorporates both an artistic medium and a historical component unique to each region in the world; therefore, an international setting with panelists from a variety of fields fosters new perspectives. My context and area of study in the paper signal to Mexico in the year of 1968, which was when the notorious Tlatelolco massacre occurred on October 2, in order to better understand how audiovisual culture projects mass shootings and fascism. The academic conversation during the conference not only brought to my attention additional terminology like “cultural logos” to approach national representation, but the dialogue also affirmed that a larger community of scholars seeking to pose questions similar to mine. In the humanities, collaboration takes place at these venues when you can speak about sometimes-unpopular topics, for example, leftist thought and populism. In this vein, though I focus on Mexican films from a different time in history I still address contemporary pains provoked by current politics. To make arguments about Mexican films and politics from a university in the United States can bifurcate into polemical opinions. Thus a conference or a symposium can stage the place for more in-depth talks about international relations in academia, for instance, how universities presently stand up for their immigrant students, along with the theses we present on in the panel sessions. Mexico in 1968 and in 2018, which is a presidential election year, has taken on new forms after attending a conference in Japan.

Elissa Katulka

PROGRAM: Applied Physiology

American College of Sports Medicine 65th Annual Meeting

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
May 29, 2018

My experience at American College of Sport’s Medicine’s (ACSM) 65th Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN, was notable for many reasons.  Being a doctoral student, we are encouraged and expected to share our work with other researchers through publishing data, which has many benefits regarding the expansion of scientific knowledge and understanding for the research community.  However, the experiences that are obtained at conferences and meetings allow researchers to directly interact with others while sharing their data and common interests regarding ways to expand this knowledge and reach a common goal.

The experience I had was enjoyable for a variety of unique reasons, being that this was the first national meeting I have attended. Beyond this, I also had the opportunity to present in a “thematic poster” session, which can be described as a combination of a “free communication” poster session and an oral presentation. This abstract presentation was eligible for awards through individual interest groups, or “subgroups” within ACSM which have focuses on specific topics within the research fields of health science and sports medicine.  I gratefully achieved the award for 1st place within the interest group that I had submitted my abstract, marking another reason for my truly exceptional experience during my time at ACSM.

With the professional development assistance through the Office of Graduate and Professional Education, I was provided the resources to adequately prepare and perform my presentation to the best of my ability at ACSM.  In addition, this assistance gave me the opportunity to network with a wide variety of individuals such as colleagues from prior institutions that I have attended, current and prior University of Delaware students and faculty, and new acquaintances from universities and institutions across the country. Moreover, it allowed me to further develop my understanding and appreciation for health science research, the individuals who perform it, and to expand my horizons regarding my future goals as I continue my graduate career at UD.

 

Recent Award Recipients

To date 742 graduate students have received funding from UD's Graduate and Professional Education to pursue professional development.

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Danielle Riser

PROGRAM: Human Development and Family Studies
VENUE: Division for Early Childhood's 34th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and their Families -- Orlando, FL, United States
PRESENTATION: October 23, 2018

Danielle Civil

PROGRAM: Fashion and Apparel Studies
VENUE: 100 Years of Design Graduate Education: “Fashion and the Future of Design” -- Minneapolis, MN, United States
PRESENTATION: September 27, 2018

Patience Ankomah

PROGRAM: Fashion and Apparel Studies
VENUE: Fashion and the Future of Design Symposium -- Minneapolis, MN, United States
PRESENTATION: September 27, 2018

Ashley Paintsil

PROGRAM: Fashion and Apparel Studies
VENUE: Fashion and the Future of Design Symposium -- Newark, DE, United States
PRESENTATION: September 27, 2018

ChaCha Hudson

PROGRAM: Fashion and Apparel Studies
VENUE: Fashion and the Future of Design -- St. Paul, MN, United States
PRESENTATION: September 27, 2018

Soojin Shin

PROGRAM: Energy and Environmental Policy
VENUE: Energy Policy Research Conference -- Boise, ID, United States
PRESENTATION: September 6, 2018

Sachin Gavali

PROGRAM: Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
VENUE: ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics (ACM-BCB) -- Washington, DC, United States
PRESENTATION: August 29, 2018

Leigh Andrews

PROGRAM: Psychology
VENUE: Psychological Networks Amsterdam Summer School 2018 -- Amsterdam, Netherlands
PRESENTATION: August 27, 2018

Seyedmohammad Salehi

PROGRAM: Computer Science
VENUE: IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC) -- Chicago, IL, United States
PRESENTATION: August 27, 2018

Muhsiang Hsieh

PROGRAM: Civil Engineering
VENUE: 256th ACS National Meeting -- Boston, MA, United States
PRESENTATION: August 20, 2018

Lane Johnston

PROGRAM: Marine Studies
VENUE: 148th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society -- Atlantic City, NJ, United States
PRESENTATION: August 19, 2018

Thabiso Kunene

PROGRAM: Chemistry and Biochemistry
VENUE: 256th ACS National Meeting in Boston -- Boston, MA, United States
PRESENTATION: August 19, 2018

Alize Marangoz

PROGRAM: Chemistry and Biochemistry
VENUE: 256th ACS National Meeting -- Boston, MA, United States
PRESENTATION: August 19, 2018

Celia Foster

PROGRAM: Chemistry and Biochemistry
VENUE: American Chemical Society -- Boston, MA, United States
PRESENTATION: August 19, 2018

Junhui Zhou

PROGRAM: Chemistry and Biochemistry
VENUE: 2018 ACS National Meeting and Exposition in Boston -- Boston, MA, United States
PRESENTATION: August 19, 2018

Hao Guo

PROGRAM: Computer Science
VENUE: IEEE International Conference on Hot Information-Centric Networking -- Shenzhen, China
PRESENTATION: August 15, 2018

Lingyi Wu

PROGRAM: Water Science and Policy
VENUE: International Symposium on Microbial Ecology -- Leipzig, Germany
PRESENTATION: August 12, 2018

Chunlei Wang

PROGRAM: Water Science and Policy
VENUE: Goldschmidt2018 -- Boston, MA, United States
PRESENTATION: August 12, 2018

James Tracy

PROGRAM: Biomechanics and Movement Science
VENUE: 42nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics -- Rochester, MN, United States
PRESENTATION: August 8, 2018

Thomas Hulcher

PROGRAM: Biomechanics and Movement Science
VENUE: American Society of Biomechanics Annual Meeting -- Rochester, MN, United States
PRESENTATION: August 8, 2018

Mithun Deb

PROGRAM: Civil Engineering
VENUE: 36TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COASTAL ENGINEERING 2018 -- Baltimore, MD, United States
PRESENTATION: July 30, 2018

Saeideh Banihashemi

PROGRAM: Civil Engineering
VENUE: International Conference on Coastal Engineering (ICCE) -- Baltiore, MD, United States
PRESENTATION: July 30, 2018

NAGA VENKATA SABARINATH NEERUKONDA

PROGRAM: Animal and Food Science
VENUE: 12th International Symposium on Marek's Disease and Avian Herpesviruses -- Yangzhou, China
PRESENTATION: July 29, 2018

Nicholas Egan

PROGRAM: Biological Sciences
VENUE: 12th international Symposium on Marek's Disease and Avian Herpesviruses -- Yangzhou, China
PRESENTATION: July 29, 2018

 

 

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