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.


Corina Gilden

PROGRAM: Human Development & Family Studies

2018 American Education Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting

New York, New York, United States
April 13, 2018

The 2018 American Education Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting took place on Friday, April 13-17 in New York City, drawing nearly 15,000 participants to the heart of the Big Apple. The conference is one of the largest in the field, featuring graduate student seminars, mentoring sessions, roundtable and poster sessions, journal talks, networking events, and more, all spread throughout nine hotels in the Times Square area. Key sessions did not shy away from hot button issues, with lectures presented about racial injustice and segregation in public education, adaptive learning and disabilities, public policy, sexual harassment, and gun violence.

I presented my work titled, “Enhancing the Individualized Education Program Team: Mothers’ In-School Observations of Their Children With Disabilities” at a roundtable session about Observing Learners and Teachers in Classroom Settings, part of the classroom observation SIG. The presentations given during my roundtable session were diverse (one being about observation as part of virtual professional development and another about principal observation) and gave me a chance to meet with professors and graduate students from Texas, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, and even Australia! At such a huge conference participating in the roundtable session was such a wonderful opportunity to have a discussion about my research and network with other aspiring academics. I was honored when one of the attendees told me he came to the session specifically to hear by presentation! The thoughtful questions and discussion centered around my study were inspiring and let me know that I’m on the right path with my research.

Exploring the vendors and exhibitors at the conference also allowed me to meet new authors, take advantage of deals for conference attendees, and learn about new products. I am very grateful for having received the Professional Development Grant, which enabled me to add this impactful conference experience to my CV.

Kalyn McDonough

PROGRAM: Urban Affairs & Public Policy

Social Justice through Sport and Exercise Psychology

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
April 5, 2018

Through the support of the University’s Office of Graduate and Professional Education I was provided the opportunity to fly out to the University of Minnesota, and present at the Social Justice through Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference. At the conference, I presented a formative evaluation on the Ferris Falcon’s Lacrosse program, which is the first lacrosse team of its kind in a Level V juvenile facility in the United States. I presented the formative evaluation, which included a logic model, from a practitioner and coaching standpoint. To the audience of sport coaches and scholars, I hoped to highlight the successes and challenges of coaching a group of young men who are incarcerated and positioning the work within a larger framework of social justice. In presenting my paper, along with three other panelists, I was able to see how practitioners and researchers were executing and studying the use of sport for positive youth development in a variety of sports and settings. Although my work is often positioned at the intersectionality of criminology and sport, the common themes of race, gender, and socio-economic status discussed at the conference resonated with my work. It was a tremendous opportunity to attend the conference because it allowed me to expand my view of the work, think about the issues through a variety of lens, and learn practical as well as empirical methods to implement in my own work moving forward.


Recent Award Recipients

To date 671 graduate students have received funding from UD's Graduate and Professional Education to pursue professional development.

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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

Ashley Paintsil

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

Mithun Deb

PROGRAM: Civil Engineering
PRESENTATION: July 30, 2018

Saeideh Banihashemi

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

Daniel Arbucias Daniel

PROGRAM: Political Science and International Relations
VENUE: Daniel Arbucias -- Phoenixville, PA, United States
PRESENTATION: July 25, 2018

Angela Maria Bohorquez Oviedo

PROGRAM: Political Science and International Relations
VENUE: Thirteenth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences -- Granada, Spain
PRESENTATION: July 25, 2018

Angela Harris

PROGRAM: School Psychology
VENUE: International School Psychology Association Conference -- Tokyo, Japan
PRESENTATION: July 25, 2018

Yuliya Brel

PROGRAM: Urban Affairs and Public Policy
VENUE: ISTR 2018 International Conference and PhD Workshop -- Amsterdam, Netherlands
PRESENTATION: July 10, 2018

Khem Raj Ghusinga

PROGRAM: Electrical and Computer Engineering
VENUE: Workshop on "Mathematical Approaches to Cell-Cell Communication and Collective Behaviours" at the Banff International Research Station -- Banff, Canada
PRESENTATION: July 8, 2018

Brett Slifer

VENUE: International Trombone Festival -- Iowa City, IA, United States
PRESENTATION: July 8, 2018

Daniela Avelar Guerrero

PROGRAM: Education
VENUE: Child Language Symposium -- Reading, United Kingdom
PRESENTATION: June 25, 2018

Joshua Lansford

PROGRAM: Chemical Engineering
VENUE: Gordon Research Conference on Catalysis -- New London, NH, United States
PRESENTATION: June 24, 2018

Joseph Gradone

PROGRAM: Oceanography
VENUE: SCAR Open Science Conference -- Davos, Switzerland
PRESENTATION: June 18, 2018

Katrina Milbocker

PROGRAM: Psychology
VENUE: Research Society on Alcoholism and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Study Group Pre-Conference -- San Diego, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: June 16, 2018

kuang lu

PROGRAM: Computational Science and Engineering
VENUE: The 23rd International Conference on Natural Language & Information Systems -- Paris, France
PRESENTATION: June 13, 2018

Elias Gross

VENUE: Nief-Norf Summer Festival -- Knoxville, TN, United States
PRESENTATION: June 11, 2018

Samuel Scinto

PROGRAM: Chemistry and Biochemistry
VENUE: Gordon Research Conference - Bioorganic Chemistry -- Andover, NH, United States
PRESENTATION: June 8, 2018

jing xu

PROGRAM: Energy and Environmental Policy
VENUE: The Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment (ACSEE2018) -- kobe, Japan
PRESENTATION: June 8, 2018

yao li

PROGRAM: Geography
VENUE: ASCE/World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 2018 -- Minneapolis, MN, United States
PRESENTATION: June 4, 2018

Nancy Naranjo Garcia

PROGRAM: Foreign Languages and Literatures
VENUE: The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies -- Kobe, Japan
PRESENTATION: June 1, 2018


PROGRAM: Mechanical Engineering
VENUE: 14th International Conference on Flow Processes in Composite Materials -- Lulea, Sweden
PRESENTATION: May 30, 2018

Mohammad Alsulmi

PROGRAM: Computer Science
VENUE: 2018 IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology -- Saint Louis, MO, United States
PRESENTATION: May 30, 2018

Kelsey Bryk

PROGRAM: Biomechanics and Movement Science
VENUE: American College of Sport's Medicine 65th Annual Meeting -- Minneapolis, MN, United States
PRESENTATION: May 29, 2018

Joseph Stock

PROGRAM: Applied Physiology
VENUE: ACSM's 65th Annual Meeting -- Minneapolis, MN, United States
PRESENTATION: May 29, 2018



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