Graduate Student Travel Award

The Graduate Student Travel Award 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.

In the Spotlight

Below is a sampling of the most recent award recipients.


Zhangxian Ouyang

PROGRAM: Oceanography

Ocean Sciences Meeting

San Diego, California, United States
February 17, 2020

I attended the Ocean Sciences Meeting on 17-21 February 2020, in San Diego, California. The Ocean Sciences Meeting is the flagship conference for the ocean sciences and the larger ocean-connected community. More than 4,600 attendees from around the world presented and shared their research findings about the world’s oceans. During this five-day conference, I was able to attend different oral and poster sessions and learn about a wide range of researches. Meanwhile, I seized this great opportunity to meet colleagues and old friends, as well as explore the beautiful city.

My PhD dissertation is focused on how the Arctic carbonate system and biogeochemistry dynamics respond to warming and accelerated sea-ice loss and relevant air-ice-sea physical environmental changes. At this meeting, I presented the results of my second chapter of my dissertation “Summertime evolution of net community production and CO2 flux in the western Arctic Ocean” to people with different background. I was encouraged that a lot of people I met at my poster showed great interests in my Arctic carbon cycle research and they provided a lot of constructive and thoughtful comments. Talking with other professionals in the related field was incredibly rewarding. One of the challenges I met in my study was to explain the biogeochemical process from a perspective of physical oceanography. Instead of reading the published articles, I have met and learnt directly from the author, who was working on the current circulation in my study area. That was a wonderful moment when your hypothesis was confirmed by an expert in this field.

I really appreciate the support of Graduate Student Travel Award. Attending the Ocean Sciences Meeting was unforgettable and beneficial experience for my PhD journey and my pursuit of a career in academia.

Connor Dacey

PROGRAM: Disaster Science & Management

American Meteorological Society

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
January 11, 2020

Attending the American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts was an extremely rewarding and exciting experience.  This year marked the 100th anniversary of the annual conference, and as such, there was much reason to celebrate.  The conference brought together over 5,500 meteorologists, atmospheric scientists, social scientists, researchers, emergency managers, students, and operational forecasters among others from around the world (the highest attendance ever recorded).  The days were long, but filled with immense learning!  To elaborate, there were numerous topics discussed throughout the conference ranging from space weather to tropical meteorology to emergency management policy and implementation.  There were also different student poster sessions towards the end of the days in which both undergraduate and graduate students were able to discuss their projects and research in a more formal setting.  I was able to attend these different oral and poster sessions and learn about a wide range of topics.  Since I am working on my Ph.D. in Disaster Science and Management, I tended to learn towards attending those sessions and posters that focused more on the intersection of emergency management and meteorology.  My true interests lie in understanding how both the physical and social sciences can be more effectively intertwined in order to promote effective protective action decision-making during hazardous weather situations.  To my benefit, there were many others at the conference who also shared these same interests and presented on similar topics.  It was fascinating to learn more about this specific niche within the field of meteorology.   I am also grateful to have presented my dissertation research at one of these sessions.  To elaborate, I created and gave a 15-minute long PowerPoint presentation that focused on my dissertation titled The Perception of Storm Spotters as part of a Natural Hazards Integrated Warning System. It was an exciting opportunity to share preliminary results of my research with other scientists and researchers within this field.  I obtained a number of compliments from the audience on my presentation and was also given some research topics to think about in the future.  Overall, attending the AMS annual conference provided both a great learning experience and networking event that was instrumental to my growth as a graduate student and future emergency manager.


Recent Award Recipients

To date 1262 graduate students have received funding from UD's Graduate College to pursue professional development.

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Carlos Mendoza Cardenas

PROGRAM: Electrical & Computer Engineering VENUE: 10th International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering -- Virtual Conference, DE, United States PRESENTATION: May 4, 2021

Liu Liu

PROGRAM: Educational Statistics and Research Methods VENUE: 2021 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting -- VIRTUAL CONFERENCE, United States PRESENTATION: April 9, 2021

Riza Li

PROGRAM: Bioinformatics Data Science VENUE: Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) 2021 -- Virtual, United States PRESENTATION: March 30, 2021

Yasaman Moghadamnia

PROGRAM: Bioinformatics Data Science VENUE: A Virtual Bioinformatics Workshop on Differential gene Expression (DE), Metagenomics and Visualization -- virtual workshop, NM, United States PRESENTATION: March 15, 2021

Kathleen McCallops

PROGRAM: Human Development & Family Sciences VENUE: Advances in Mixed Methods Analysis and Integration -- Virtual, United States PRESENTATION: February 24, 2021

Jiefu Li

PROGRAM: Computer Science VENUE: IEEE BIBM 2020 -- , United States PRESENTATION: December 16, 2020

Yuqi Kong

PROGRAM: Computer Science VENUE: 9th International Conference on Natural Language Processing (NLP 2020) -- VIRTUAL CONFERENCE, Switzerland PRESENTATION: November 21, 2020

Lora Merryman

PROGRAM: Fashion and Apparel Studies VENUE: International Textile and Apparel Association 2020 Annual Conference -- VIRTUAL CONFERENCE, United States PRESENTATION: November 18, 2020

Katie Ellis

PROGRAM: Fashion and Apparel Studies VENUE: International Textiles and Apparel Association -- Virtural, DE, United States PRESENTATION: November 18, 2020

Savannah Sipes

PROGRAM: Civil Engineering VENUE: Venice 2020 - Eight Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste -- VIRTUAL CONFERENCE, Italy PRESENTATION: November 16, 2020

Ellen Schenk

PROGRAM: Urban Affairs and Public Policy VENUE: Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) 42nd Annual Fall Research Virtual Conference, Research Across the Policy Lifecycle: Formulation to Evaluation and Back Again -- VIRTUAL CONFERENCE, United States PRESENTATION: November 11, 2020

Daniel Gaston

PROGRAM: Computer Science VENUE: The International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution -- VIRTUAL CONFERENCE, Australia PRESENTATION: September 27, 2020

kenza Soufiane

PROGRAM: Civil Engineering VENUE: AREMA Conference (American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association) -- VIRTUAL CONFERENCE, United States PRESENTATION: September 13, 2020


PROGRAM: Biological Sciences VENUE: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories Proteomics course 2020 (Virtual) -- VIRTUAL CONFERENCE, NY, United States PRESENTATION: August 4, 2020

Jordan Berger

PROGRAM: Chemical Engineering VENUE: *Virtual* 10th American Conference on Neutron Scattering ACNS20 -- VIRTUAL CONFERENCE, United States PRESENTATION: July 13, 2020

Rachael Vause

PROGRAM: Art History VENUE: International Medieval Congress, Leeds -- Leeds, United Kingdom PRESENTATION: July 5, 2020

Kleio Baxevani

PROGRAM: Mechanical Engineering VENUE: International Conference of Robotics and Automation -- Paris, France PRESENTATION: May 31, 2020

Kody Seward

PROGRAM: Biological Sciences VENUE: Quantitative Fluorescence Microscopy Course 2020 -- Salisbury Cove, ME, United States PRESENTATION: May 15, 2020

Gerilyn Slicker

PROGRAM: Human Development and Family Studies VENUE: American Educational Research Association (AERA) -- San Francisco, CA, United States PRESENTATION: April 17, 2020

Nadisha Downs

PROGRAM: Human Development and Family Studies VENUE: 2020 American Educational Research Association Annual Conference -- San Francisco, CA, United States PRESENTATION: April 16, 2020

Leah Jackson

PROGRAM: Fashion and Apparel Studies VENUE: 2020 Popular Culture & American Culture Association Conference -- Philadelphia, PA, United States PRESENTATION: April 15, 2020

Kati Tilley

PROGRAM: Education VENUE: David L. Clark Graduate Research Seminar -- VIRTUAL CONFERENCE, United States PRESENTATION: April 15, 2020

Riza Li

PROGRAM: Bioinformatics and Systems Biology VENUE: Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) 2020 -- Washington D.C., DC, United States PRESENTATION: April 14, 2020

Matthew Walter

PROGRAM: Geography VENUE: American Association of Geographer's Annual Meeting -- Denver, CO, United States PRESENTATION: April 6, 2020



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