Professional Development Award
Around the World
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.
Mohammad Zafar Afsar
PROGRAM: Plant & Soil Sciences
American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting
San Francisco, California,
December 14, 2015
American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world with more than 25,000 thousand attendees. In this year, it was 48th annual meeting that was held between 14-18 December. AGU Fall Meeting is a great opportunity for scientists to know the emerging trends of most recent research. It provided me the best platform to share my research work with other people, to get valuable suggestions, to hear about the latest challenges, to connect with other people throughout the world and to know the most new and relevant research tools for my research field. In this fall meeting, I got an opportunity for oral presentation of my recent research titled “Mobilization and Release of Organic Matter from Soil Column under Redox Oscillation Condition” under “H13P: Microorganisms, Colloids, Engineered Nanoparticles, and Emerging Contaminants in the Environment I” session. It was really a great experience for me as it is the first time that I attended in any conference. Except my presentation, I also attained in other oral and postal technical sessions. As it is a gathering for multidisciplinary fields, I was also able to correlate my research programs with other fields as well. It makes me more confident and enlighten my knowledge in a broad region. I am really grateful to the Graduate Office of University of Delaware for providing me part of my expenditures as a grant. San Francisco is a city of tourism as well. The most historical scenic beauties are golden gate bridge, cable car etc. I also had the opportunity to see these things and achieved the practical experience and knowledge about these things. Otherwise it would be too expensive to visit.
So, AGU meeting was truly a worthwhile program for my career. I gained the insights and updates on the latest scientific research with both luminaries and up and coming talent in my discipline.
American Geophyiscal Union Fall Meeting
San Fransisco, California, United States
December 14, 2015
Attending the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco is of great importance to early career geoscientists like myself. It is the ideal way to showcase my recently completed thesis work, and I received feedback that will be crucial to its publication in an esteemed, peer-reviewed journal. In addition to sharing my thesis science, I was also able to present a poster on work in progress for my research assistantship with an undergraduate mentee and receive invaluable insights on how to proceed with this study from researchers across the country. Both presentations provided the opportunity to speak to established and up-and-coming researchers in the fields of forest hydrology, ecohydrology, and climatology, and fostered relationships that we will be able utilize for future collaborations that are so essential in the earth sciences.
Having almost 24,000 attendees from all over the world, AGU provided me the chance to network with international researchers who have also specialized in my field, including such countries as Canada, China, Germany, and Japan. Perhaps the most influential part of the conference were the more casual dinner meetings held with our advisor and international scientists while at the Fall Meeting, which have inspired a new direction to my dissertation work. This new direction will allow me the opportunity to conduct more international work and become much more impactful in the field of ecohydrology. In the long run, this may be the biggest academic and professional benefit to me.
San Francisco was beautiful, the food was amazing, the conference was absolutely wonderful, and we got to meet R2D2! The exhibit hall allowed me to meet representatives from companies whose instruments I use every day. I can think of no better way to regain one’s enthusiasm for years of hard work and excitement for future work than this week in San Francisco.
American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco
In addition to sharing my thesis science, I was also able to present a poster on work in progress.
Recent Award Recipients
To date 333 graduate students have received funding from UD's Graduate and Professional Education to pursue professional development.
Muhammad Naveed Iftikhar