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.


Bassil El-Zaatari

PROGRAM: Chemical Engineering

American Chemical Society

New Orleans, United States
March 18, 2018

The American Chemical Society (ACS) conference in New Orleans was an extremely well-organized, thought provoking experience. I mostly attended the POLY sessions on photochemistry, which is closely related to my research. Through it, I heard wonderful talks from experts in the field such as Professors Daniel Saven, Brent Summerlin,  David Haddleton, Emily Petzner, Tim White etc… I even got to see my own advisor give a talk about the colorful chemistry that our lab uses in formulating interpenetrating networks which was featured on UDaily. My own talk was on Sunday afternoon. I discussed the use of photoinduced copper(I) catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition polymerizations for ion conductivity applications. I appreciated the crowd and their interest in my talk. I received many great questions that helped enhance my research since my return. The city of New Orleans itself was moreover spectacular. There is always something to do or something to see every day of the week! Walking down Bourbon Street on Saint Patrick’s day, however, was… an experience to say the least. Overall, I really enjoyed exploring the history and culture of the vibrant city.

Rebekah Houser

PROGRAM: Electrical & Computer Engineering Online


Miami, Florida, United States
March 12, 2018

My first few hours in Miami, the location for the 2018 GOMACHTech conference, gave me the impression of a jungle of palm trees, overpasses, and colored lights. The energy of the city carried over into the conference itself, where attendees moved constantly between sessions, an exposition, conversations, and the coffee bars. The event provided a chance to share ideas, learn from experienced individuals, make new connections, and explore in an exciting environment.

Three of us from the CMOS Verilog Optimization Research Group (CVORG) at the University of Delaware attended the conference. We presented the results of a collaboration with another university to develop infrared scene projectors based on infrared light-emitting diodes (IRLEDs). Besides giving the opportunity to share the results of our team’s research, the conference allowed me to engage with professionals and students working in similar areas. I talked with individuals who have been involved in our team’s work, and exchanged notes with new acquaintances. These interactions and the sessions I attended gave a better understanding of how the area in which I work is developing, and shaped my ideas for my research.

While most networking exchanges occurred in the conference venue, some allowed the opportunity to visit various areas of Miami. One of the other attendees who is familiar with our area of research and with Miami suggested the Wynwood Arts District as a location to meet and talk with the team on evening. It seemed almost all the permanent surfaces (and some temporary) in the area were covered with bright paintings. Even the sidewalks were decorated with scattered quotes, one of which I found particularly interesting: “Surround yourself with great people, and you will be great.” This quote seemed to summarize one of the main takeaways from the conference. As much as my research excites me by itself, the work takes on greater significance as part of a larger team project, and in the context of the community that pushes the technology forward.


Recent Award Recipients

To date 666 graduate students have received funding from UD's Graduate and Professional Education to pursue professional development.

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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

Jie Zhang

PROGRAM: Electrical and Computer Engineering
VENUE: 2018 Compound Semiconductor Week -- Boston, MA, United States
PRESENTATION: May 29, 2018

Kazy Shariar

PROGRAM: Electrical and Computer Engineering
VENUE: COMPOUND SEMICONDUCTOR WEEK 2018 -- Cambridge, MA, United States
PRESENTATION: May 29, 2018

Qi Cheng

PROGRAM: Electrical and Computer Engineering
VENUE: 2018 CSW -- Boston, MA, United States
PRESENTATION: May 29, 2018

Jennifer Myers

PROGRAM: Art Conservation
VENUE: CMOP (Conference on Modern Oil Paints) -- Amsterdam, Netherlands
PRESENTATION: May 23, 2018



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