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.
PROGRAM: Biomechanics & Movement Science
Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) – APTA
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
February 21, 2018
I would like to thank the graduate and professional education at the University of Delaware for giving me the opportunity to write this blog. As a Ph.D. student in the physical therapy department, I am glad that I got the chance to have the Professional Development Award. It was very beneficial for my graduate research to travel and show the hard work I have done through the past two years. Without the Professional Development Award, I would not be able to attend the combined section meeting 2018, which is one of the most important conferences in the physical therapy world. I have submitted to the conference an abstract as a first author and I was a co-author of 4 other abstracts (posters and platform presentations). It was a great experience in my academic life to stand in front of people and present my research.
Attending the combined section meeting gave me the opportunity to attend great educational sessions in different fields that related to physical therapy. These educational sessions were about different topics, such as updates and evidence-based practice in my area of research (knee osteoarthritis and total joint replacement). In addition, I attended educational sessions about the scientific writing, research, and other interesting topics in physical therapy.
Furthermore, exploring the vendors and exhibits hall was essential for me because I was looking for new technology to use in my dissertation. I found verities of opportunities and have seen different companies and options. Another important opportunity this award gave me is to make connections with graduate students and pioneers in the field from other schools around the world.
Finally, not only the academic aspects I got from the Professional Development Award, but also I got the chance to travel and explore a new city that I have not visited before.
PROGRAM: School Psychology
2018 National Association for School Psychologists Conference
Chicago, Illinois, United States
February 12, 2018
The National Association for School Psychologists held its 2018 national convention in Chicago this year from February 13 to February 16th! Despite all the snow on the ground, over 6500 people from all over the country attended. This year, the theme for the conference was “The Power of One: Creating Connections.”
Dr. Kathy Minke and I presented on a project that focused on the roles, risks, and responsibilities associated with School Resource Officers (SRO). We talked about how SROs see themselves in their roles and how that relates to their relationships with students, parents and school staff. Keeping with the spirit of the theme, we facilitated a discussion regarding how school psychologists can connect with the SROs in their schools.
Along with presenting, I had the opportunity to listen to many other wonderful presentations. The highlight of the conference this year was the keynote speaker, Dr. Steve Robbins, who was engaging and inspirational. Throughout his address, Dr. Robbins used personal narrative, social psychology, and cognitive neuroscience to talk about human perceptions around stereotypes. Additionally, I saw was one that focused on self-care for school psychology students. A quote from Eleanor Brown served as the anchor of this presentation, which is “Importance of mental health self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve an empty vessel.” Other presentations included topics, such as understanding cultural competence when teaching math RTI to African American students; implementing a cultural competence scale for teachers; and exploring multiple roles that school psychologists play outside of school.
Overall, it was a time to meet new and old friends, to connect with others in the field, and to be inspire by all of the good work happening in the field!
Presenting with Dr. Kathy Minke
Recent Award Recipients
To date 758 graduate students have received funding from UD's Graduate and Professional Education to pursue professional development.