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.

 

Katarina Smiljanec

PROGRAM: Applied Physiology

Pan American Congress of Physiological Sciences

Havana, Cuba
May 27, 2019

In May 2019, my lab-mate Macarena and I attended the Pan American Congress of Physiological Sciences in hot and sunny Havana, Cuba. This international conference is held every 5 years with the intention to share research findings and encourage collaboration among scientists in North and South America. I presented a poster titled “Acute High Sodium Meal Consumption Does Not Impair Vascular Function in Young, Healthy Adults” during which I got to talk to scientists from Brazil, Cuba, and Spain. The conference was rich in symposiums on cardiovascular and respiratory systems. It was very exciting to hear researchers from various countries speak about their research, as I am used to attending conferences in the United States dominated by studies done in American universities. The conference was very well organized with the hosts striving to provide the most welcoming and comfortable stay in the city.

Traveling to a place such as Cuba was eye-opening and humbling, to say the least. Many things that are taken for granted in the US, such as searching online databases for publications or printing conference posters can be challenging due to political and financial reasons. When not at the conference center, I enjoyed walking around Old Havana and admiring the colorful buildings and lively Cubans.

Macarena Ramos Gonzalez

PROGRAM: Applied Physiology

2nd Pan-American Congress of Physiological Sciences

Habana, Cuba, Cuba
May 27, 2019

My two years at the University of Delaware have been full of opportunities to show the work of our lab at a regional and national level in both poster and oral presentation format. However, thanks to this award, I have been given the chance to present a poster outside the United States, at an international level. Furthermore, this congress does not meet yearly; it happens every two years, which makes it extra exceptional. This congress started as an opportunity to unite North America with other countries through physiological research, especially Latin America.

The stage of this congress was peculiar since Cuba is characterized by a massive political issue with the United States. I was told by Cubans that they have limited access to search, see and publish articles in North American scientific journals. Because of this and the amount of physiological research published in these journals, their research options and outcomes are limited.

Moreover, the country has very poor economic resources: there was barely any air conditioning in the conference center and internet connection in just one room. Locals shared with us some of their struggles and their lived realities were worse than I had imagined. But, even after all these challenges, the Cuban resilience keeps them afloat.

The congress offered several talks about topics of personal interest such as heart failure and microvasculature. It was also a great opportunity to listen to a four hours session about the hormone melatonin, which will be a fundamental part of my dissertation. It was also important that I was able to connect with professors from Spain, the United States and Brazil who have been working with it for 50 years. They provided me with their expertise and advice to resolve some of my questions. I look forward to continuing to strengthen these connections as I begin my dissertation.

This opportunity has not only helped enhance my professional career but also expanded my world view, by showing me the privileged position I am in and how thankful I am for it.

 

Recent Award Recipients

To date 1050 graduate students have received funding from UD's Graduate College to pursue professional development.

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Brandie Pugh

PROGRAM: Sociology
VENUE: American Society of Criminology -- San Francisco, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: November 13, 2019

Patricia Becker

PROGRAM: Criminology
VENUE: American Society of Criminology -- San Francisco, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: November 13, 2019

Hira Rashid

PROGRAM: Urban Affairs and Public Policy
VENUE: American Public Health Association Conference -- Philadelpha, PA, United States
PRESENTATION: November 2, 2019

Oscar de Paz

PROGRAM: Energy and Environmental Policy
VENUE: Conference on the Intersection of Water and Environmental Racism -- Denver, CO, United States
PRESENTATION: October 24, 2019

Amber Kehoe

PROGRAM: Art Conservation
VENUE: Preserving the Rich Photographic Heritage of Latin America: A Two-Day High-Impact Workshop for Sixty Participants Organized and Led by the University of Delaware -- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
PRESENTATION: September 25, 2019

Farzaneh Ahmadi Darani

PROGRAM: Chemistry and Biochemistry
VENUE: ACS Fall 2019 National Meeting & Exposition -- San Diego, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: August 25, 2019

Jing-Hua Tzeng

PROGRAM: Civil Engineering
VENUE: ACS Fall 2019 National Meeting & Expo -- San Diego, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: August 25, 2019

Daniel Sanchez Carretero

PROGRAM: Civil Engineering
VENUE: ACS Fall 2019 National Meeting & Expo -- San Diego, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: August 25, 2019

Danhui Xin

PROGRAM: Civil Engineering
VENUE: ACS National Meeting & Expo -- San Diego, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: August 25, 2019

Diego Fernandez Otegui

PROGRAM: Disaster Science and Management
VENUE: 14th Conference of the European Sociological Association -- Manchester, United Kingdom
PRESENTATION: August 19, 2019

babak naghizadehsafa

PROGRAM: Mechanical Engineering
VENUE: 6th International Symposium on Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering and the 4th Conference on Imaging and Visualization (CMBBE 2019). -- new york, NY, United States
PRESENTATION: August 14, 2019

Angela Cuadros

PROGRAM: Electrical and Computer Engineering
VENUE: SPIE Optics+Photonics, SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications, "Developments in X-Ray Tomography XII" -- San Diego, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: August 11, 2019

Karelia Pena Pena

PROGRAM: Electrical and Computer Engineering
VENUE: SPIE Optics+Photonics, SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications, "Applications of Digital Image Processing XLII" -- San Diego, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: August 11, 2019

Eileen Young

PROGRAM: Disaster Science and Management
VENUE: Society for Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting -- New York, NY, United States
PRESENTATION: August 9, 2019

Sreeparna Sarkar

PROGRAM: Linguistics and Cognitive Science
VENUE: International Congress of Phonetic Sciences -- NEWARK, DE, United States
PRESENTATION: August 5, 2019

Maxwell Schmid

PROGRAM: Linguistics and Cognitive Science
VENUE: International Congress of Phonetic Sciences -- Melbourne, Australia
PRESENTATION: August 5, 2019

Lauren Illiano

PROGRAM: Human Development and Family Studies
VENUE: Nature-Based Early Learning Conference -- Manchester, NH, United States
PRESENTATION: July 31, 2019

Amanda Childs

PROGRAM: Chemistry and Biochemistry
VENUE: North American Solid State Chemistry Conference (NASSCC 2019) -- Golden, CO, United States
PRESENTATION: July 31, 2019

Michael Christensen

PROGRAM: Biomechanics and Movement Science
VENUE: ISB/ASB 2019 -- Calgary, Canada
PRESENTATION: July 31, 2019

Nicole Ray

PROGRAM: Mechanical Engineering
VENUE: Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics in combination with annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics -- Calgary, Canada
PRESENTATION: July 31, 2019

Elanna Arhos

PROGRAM: Biomechanics and Movement Science
VENUE: International Society for Biomechanics/American Society for Biomechanics (ISB/ASB) -- Calgary, Canada
PRESENTATION: July 31, 2019

Corey Koller

PROGRAM: Biomechanics and Movement Science
VENUE: ASB/ISB 2019 -- Calgary, Canada
PRESENTATION: July 31, 2019

Ayush Dusia

PROGRAM: Computer Science
VENUE: The 28th International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks (ICCCN 2019) -- Valencia, Spain
PRESENTATION: July 29, 2019

Abu Naim Rakib Ahmed

PROGRAM: Electrical and Computer Engineering
VENUE: OSA Advanced Photonic Congress -- Bulingame, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: July 29, 2019

 

 

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