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: Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting 2017
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
October 11, 2017
While at the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona, I had the opportunity to hear from many of my colleagues about the amazing work they are doing in our field. I met grad students from across the country doing cancer research like me and I got to hear about their experimental strategies. Not only did this inspire me with new ideas for my own projects, but it educated me on what else is being done in the field and the potential future of our area of work.
Outside of educational talks and discussions specifically about research I had the opportunity to attend a plenary session by Dr. Manu Platt in which he spoke about diversity in our field and a luncheon on women in biomedical engineering in which we learned exercises meant for professional and personal development. Overall, this conference helped me professionally and was a great experience.
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
October 5, 2017
I had the wonderful experience of presenting one of my research projects at a conference of colleagues. This particular conferences’ proposals are peer reviewed before being granted or denied acceptance into the program. I presented a project I had completed as one of our doctoral course projects involving pre-service teachers’ understanding of mathematics tasks. My presentation session on Sunday was shared with another researcher and well attended. Our two presentations resulted in a valuable discussion with attendees after the session was completed.
While there, I was given the opportunity to attend a mentor lunch where we had the opportunity to have a meal with researchers from other universities. Our conversation ranged from their research interests, to advice on how to write dissertations, to what to look for in prospective job opportunities. After the lunch was over, I used the time we had to talk to one of the table’s researchers about my personal ideas for my dissertation and got her perspective on its value for the field of math education.
I also had the chance to speak one-on-one with former graduates from the University of Delaware and learned more about their experiences in the program and after graduation. They gave me advice about how best to set myself up for success in the job market in an increasingly competitive field. Seeing where they are now was encouraging as I am heading towards the next phase in my experience and will be looking for jobs soon myself.
Recent Award Recipients
To date 537 graduate students have received funding from UD's Graduate and Professional Education to pursue professional development.