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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.

 

Oshini Ekanayake

PROGRAM: Chemistry & Biochemistry

The Protein Society Symposium

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
July 9, 2018

The Protein society symposium in Boston this year was a great opportunity for me as a third year a doctoral student to not only meet leading figures in the field of protein science but also to build connections with other scientists like myself. The four-day conference was filled with talks from scientists around the world. Even though it seemed a little overwhelming at first, the information presented was highly thought provoking. There was emphasis not only on new techniques, recent findings that may help elucidate novel therapies for disease but also on the theoretical understanding of proteins.

Structural biology was the theme of this year’s symposium and for the informed attendee, it certainly was a real treat. Awardee Dr. Yifan Cheng from University of California, San Francisco, a leading name in the field of cryo-electron microscopy, which is an emerging technique in protein structure determination, not only gave us a taste of his lab’s latest work but also emphasized the need for collaboration and collegiate atmosphere in science. Listening to all the distinguished speakers, including Dr. Cheng, was extremely inspirational and undoubtedly motivated me as a young and budding scientist to aim higher.

Sitting within the audience and listening to the speakers was a wonderful experience but what was even more rewarding was to speak to them in person. Having been selected to present a poster at the symposium gave me the opportunity to converse with other graduate students, post-doctoral students deciding on their career paths, assistant faculty starting off their research labs and established professors of science with years of experience. Talking to each one of them gave me an insight to life in academia and the progression of a career in science.

I would like to thank UD’s Professional Development award for allowing me to attend this year’s Protein society symposium and fueling my growth as a scientist.

Virginia Berndt

PROGRAM: Sociology

Natural Hazards Workshop

Broomfield, Colorado, United States
July 8, 2018

I was floored and honored when I first learned that I won the Natural Hazards Center’s Graduate Student Paper Competition. All of a sudden, I was going to Colorado to present my findings and receive this prestigious award! When I arrived at the Workshop, I was met with unrivaled warmth, kindness, interest in my research, and professional advice for graduate school and beyond. With the gloriously beautiful Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, I presented my paper on women’s access to contraception in disaster settings. I was quickly told how important this research topic is; women’s health is essential yet vastly overlooked in disaster research. I hope to pave the way for more research like this, to truly transform this already-blossoming field. After accepting my Graduate Student Paper award on-stage, I was met with “Congratulations!” all week long by individuals I did not even know. This truly demonstrates the genuine kindness and support that this disaster research community provides to all, regardless of whether one is a student, practitioner, or professional PhD researcher. It was one of the best conferences I attended, and I desperately hope to attend next year’s Natural Hazards Workshop!

 

Recent Award Recipients

To date 775 graduate students have received funding from UD's Graduate and Professional Education to pursue professional development.

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Emily Ruhl

PROGRAM: Marine Studies
VENUE: American Fisheries Society -- Lewes, DE, 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

Melody Morris

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

Molly Ashur

PROGRAM: Marine Studies
VENUE: American Fisheries Society -- Atlantic City, NJ, United States
PRESENTATION: August 19, 2018

Bryan Sutherland

PROGRAM: Materials Science and Engineering
VENUE: 256th ACS National Meeting & Exposition -- Boston, MA, United States
PRESENTATION: August 19, 2018

Klare Lazor

PROGRAM: Chemistry and Biochemistry
VENUE: 256th ACS National Meeting and Exposition -- Boston, ME, 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

Molly Ashur

PROGRAM: Marine Studies
VENUE: 2018 International Society for Behavioral Ecology Conference -- Minneapolis, MN, United States
PRESENTATION: August 11, 2018

Matthew Topley

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

Naoaki Ito

PROGRAM: Physical Therapy
VENUE: American Society of Biomechanics Annual Meeting -- Rochester, MN, United States
PRESENTATION: August 8, 2018

Jinwoo Jo

PROGRAM: Linguistics and Cognitive Science
VENUE: Seoul International Conference of Generative Grammar -- Seoul, Korea
PRESENTATION: August 8, 2018

Imogene Cancellare

PROGRAM: Entomology and Wildlife Ecology
VENUE: Society for Conservation Biology Asia Section -- Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
PRESENTATION: August 6, 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

Rishi Paudel

PROGRAM: Physics
VENUE: Cambridge Workshops of Cool Stars, Stellar Systems and the Sun (Cool Stars 20) -- NEWARK, DE, United States
PRESENTATION: July 29, 2018

 

 

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