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: 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.
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.
Daniel Arbucias Daniel
Angela Maria Bohorquez Oviedo
Khem Raj Ghusinga
Daniela Avelar Guerrero
Nancy Naranjo Garcia