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.

Janice Hudson

PROGRAM: Geography

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

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Bohan Zhang

PROGRAM: Electrical and Computer Engineering
VENUE: IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM) -- , Singapore
PRESENTATION: December 4, 2017

Michael Donovan

PROGRAM: Linguistics and Cognitive Science
VENUE: Tu +3 Turkic Languages Workshop -- Los Angeles, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: November 18, 2017

Elizabeth Alpert

PROGRAM: Psychology
VENUE: Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 51st Annual Convention -- San Diego, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: November 16, 2017

yuechen shi

PROGRAM: Marine Studies
VENUE: 9th Harmful Algal Bloom Symposium -- Baltimore, MA, United States
PRESENTATION: November 12, 2017

Sean Boyle

PROGRAM: Entomology and Wildlife Ecology
VENUE: Entomology 2017 -- Denver, CO, United States
PRESENTATION: November 5, 2017

Debora Kamin Mukaz

PROGRAM: Medical Sciences
VENUE: APHA Annual Meeting -- Atlanta, GA, United States
PRESENTATION: November 4, 2017

Kamil Charubin

PROGRAM: Chemical Engineering
VENUE: 2017 American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE) Annual Meeting -- Minneapolis, MN, United States
PRESENTATION: October 29, 2017

Jeffrey Horner

PROGRAM: Chemical Engineering
VENUE: 2017 AIChE Annual Meeting -- Minneapolis, MN, United States
PRESENTATION: October 29, 2017

Alexis Mattei

PROGRAM: Health Promotion
VENUE: The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education -- Scotts Valley, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: October 26, 2017

Sean Hudson

PROGRAM: Geography
VENUE: Invited Talk, National Taiwan Normal University -- Taipei, Taiwan
PRESENTATION: October 25, 2017

Saiqi Zeng

PROGRAM: Plant and Soil Sciences
VENUE: Soil Science Society of America 2017 Annual Meeting -- Tampa, FL, United States
PRESENTATION: October 22, 2017

Karyn DeFranco

PROGRAM: Geological Sciences
VENUE: Geological Society of America- Annual Meeting 2017 -- Seattle, WA, United States
PRESENTATION: October 22, 2017

Mahmoud Sherif

PROGRAM: Geological Sciences
VENUE: GSA2017 -- Seattle, WA, United States
PRESENTATION: October 22, 2017

Lauren Mosesso

PROGRAM: Plant and Soil Sciences
VENUE: The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America Annual Meeting -- Tampa, FL, United States
PRESENTATION: October 21, 2017

Erin Drouin

PROGRAM: Communication
VENUE: Association for Business Communication 82nd Annual International Conference -- Dublin, Ireland
PRESENTATION: October 18, 2017

Mai Ha Vu

PROGRAM: Linguistics and Cognitive Science
VENUE: The 25th Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference -- Honolulu, HI, United States
PRESENTATION: October 12, 2017

Margot Farnham

PROGRAM: Biomedical Engineering
VENUE: Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting -- Phoenix, AZ, United States
PRESENTATION: October 11, 2017

Vrathasha Vrathasha

PROGRAM: Biological Sciences
VENUE: BMES Annual Meeting 2017 -- phoenix, AZ, United States
PRESENTATION: October 11, 2017

Danielle Valcourt

PROGRAM: Biomedical Engineering
VENUE: Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting 2017 -- Phoenix, AZ, United States
PRESENTATION: October 11, 2017

Wayne Treible

PROGRAM: Computer Science
VENUE: International Conference on 3D Vision -- Qingdao, China
PRESENTATION: October 10, 2017

Laura Willoughby

PROGRAM: Education
VENUE: PMENA-39 2017 Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education -- Indianapolis, IN, United States
PRESENTATION: October 5, 2017

Max Holdsworth

PROGRAM: Urban Affairs and Public Policy
VENUE: Seventh International Conference on Health, Wellness & Society -- Denver, CO, United States
PRESENTATION: October 4, 2017

Ugochukwu Nsofor

PROGRAM: Electrical and Computer Engineering
VENUE: IEEE Photonics Conference -- Orlando, FL, United States
PRESENTATION: October 1, 2017

Eric Ness

PROGRAM: Entomology and Wildlife Ecology
VENUE: The Wildlife Society, National Meeting -- Albuquerque, NM, United States
PRESENTATION: September 24, 2017

 

 

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