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

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Bethany Wisthoff

PROGRAM: Biomechanics and Movement Science
VENUE: National Athletic Trainers' Association 68th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo -- Houston, TX, United States
PRESENTATION: June 26, 2017

Matthew Saponaro

PROGRAM: Computer Science
VENUE: International Conference in Autonomous Agents and Multi Agent Systems -- Sao Paulo, Brazil
PRESENTATION: May 8, 2017

Yanmiao Xie

PROGRAM: Education
VENUE: 2017 AERA (The American Educational Research Association)Annual Meeting -- San Antonio, TX, United States
PRESENTATION: April 27, 2017

Hiral Master

PROGRAM: Biomechanics and Movement Science
VENUE: World Congress on Osteoarthritis -- Las Vegas, NV, United States
PRESENTATION: April 27, 2017

Marisa Kofke

PROGRAM: Education
VENUE: American Educational Research Association -- San Antonio, TX, United States
PRESENTATION: April 27, 2017

Matthew Babcock

PROGRAM: Applied Physiology
VENUE: Experimental Biology -- Chicago, IL, United States
PRESENTATION: April 22, 2017

Muhammad Naveed Iftikhar

PROGRAM: Urban Affairs and Public Policy
VENUE: Urban Affairs Association -- Minneapolis, MN, United States
PRESENTATION: April 19, 2017

Brianna Devlin

PROGRAM: Education
VENUE: Society for Research in Child Education -- Austin, TX, United States
PRESENTATION: April 6, 2017

Juana Gaviria-Loaiza

PROGRAM: Human Development and Family Studies
VENUE: Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting -- Austin, TX, United States
PRESENTATION: April 6, 2017

Jilian Melamed

PROGRAM: Biomedical Engineering
VENUE: Society for Biomaterials -- Minneapolis, MN, United States
PRESENTATION: April 5, 2017

Abigail Zisk

PROGRAM: Psychology
VENUE: Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting -- Austin, TX, United States
PRESENTATION: April 5, 2017

Lindsay Zajac

PROGRAM: Psychology
VENUE: Society for Research in Child Development -- Austin, TX, United States
PRESENTATION: April 5, 2017

Rebekah Houser

PROGRAM: Electrical and Computer Engineering
VENUE: WCX™17: SAE World Congress Experience -- Detroit, MI, United States
PRESENTATION: April 4, 2017

Heather Yarger

PROGRAM: Psychology
VENUE: Society for Rresearch in Child Development -- Austin, TX, United States
PRESENTATION: April 4, 2017

Chad Greco

PROGRAM: Chemical Engineering
VENUE: 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting -- San Francisco, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: April 2, 2017

Lauren Dorsey

PROGRAM: Childhood Foreign Language Education
VENUE: 253rd ACS National Meeting -- San Fransisco, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: April 2, 2017

Daniel Cummins

PROGRAM: Chemistry and Biochemistry
VENUE: 253rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society -- San Francisco, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: April 2, 2017

Lan Wang

PROGRAM: Chemistry and Biochemistry
VENUE: 253rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society -- San Francisco, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: April 2, 2017

Lauren Cordeiro

PROGRAM: Chemistry and Biochemistry
VENUE: 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting -- San Francisco, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: April 2, 2017

Hui Li

PROGRAM: Plant and Soil Sciences
VENUE: 253rd American Chemical Society NATIONAL MEETING & EXPOSITION: Advanced Materials, Technologies, Systems & Processes -- San Fransisco, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: April 2, 2017

Bassil El-Zaatari

PROGRAM: Chemical Engineering
VENUE: American Chemical Society -- San Francisco, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: April 2, 2017

Elisa Ovadia

PROGRAM: Chemical Engineering
VENUE: American Chemical Society (ACS) -- San Francisco, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: April 2, 2017

Nicole Flynn

PROGRAM: Biological Sciences
VENUE: AACR Annual Meeting 2017 -- D.C., DC, United States
PRESENTATION: April 1, 2017

Jennie Turner

PROGRAM: Health Promotion
VENUE: Society for Public Health Education -- Denver, CO, United States
PRESENTATION: March 30, 2017

 

 

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