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: Plant & Soil Sciences
The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America 2017 International Annual Meeting
Tampa, Florida, United States
October 21, 2017
I attended the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America 2017 International Annual Meeting in Tampa where I presented a poster of my research to professionals, professors and other graduate students within my field. I obtained feedback and ideas that I can implement into my research. I also attended many talks that helped me stay up to date with new research in my field. One of the highlights of the meeting was a “Women in Science” networking event which was co-hosted by UD’s Dr. Seyfferth. This event had a great turn out and I networked as well as discussed the importance of women in scientific fields.
In addition to the annual meeting, I was invited to attend the Tri-Societies’ Graduate Student Leadership Conference that was hosted for two days before the annual meeting. During these two days, I met 53 other graduate students from all over the nation, learned about conflict management, scientific ethics, and manners in the workplace. Attending the annual meeting and the Graduate Student Leadership Conference allowed for numerous networking opportunities and helped me keep up to date on the newest research in my field.
International Association for Business Communication Conference
October 18, 2017
As a course instructor of a required course, it’s often difficult to find material to get students excited and engaged – especially when you teach a course related to public speaking. Myself and a colleague applied to the Association for Business Communication Conference in Dublin, Ireland, because we were looking for opportunities to improve our pedagogy and find new creative concepts to implement into our courses. Luckily, we were able to find multiple new techniques for teaching business communication, and we were also to present to other professionals about how we’ve implemented multimodal concepts into our course design. Other schools were very interested in the way our course is structured and thought that our presentation about implementing social media in a business communication classroom was a great way to implement practical skills in the classroom. The various conference presentations we attended offered us many creative techniques for classroom activities and professional development. It was particularly useful, as an instructor of engineering students, to attend multiple presentations that offered ways to gear business communication toward STEM students. I’ve already implemented some of the assignments that I heard about at the conference in the form of extra credit activities for my students, and they have reacted very positively. Other presentations offered ways to implement new technologies into the classroom as well.
I definitely would not have been able to attend this conference without the assistance of the Professional Development Award and the Graduate School. I am thrilled to be able to implement my new skills in my own classroom, but to also pass them along to my fellow graduate student instructors in the Communication department. The concepts found at the International ABC Conference will be beneficial towards the hundreds of students who take COMM 212 every semester.
Recent Award Recipients
To date 537 graduate students have received funding from UD's Graduate and Professional Education to pursue professional development.