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: Physical Therapy
Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) – American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
January 23, 2019
I would like to thank the graduate and professional education at the University of Delaware for giving me the opportunity to write this blog. As a Ph.D. student in the physical therapy department, I am glad that I got the chance to take advantage of the Professional Development Award. It was very beneficial for my graduate research to travel and show the hard work I have done over the past 2.5 years. Without the Professional Development Award, I would not be able to attend the combined section meeting 2019, which is the most important conference in the physical therapy world. I have submitted to the conference an abstract as a first author and I was a co-author of 2 other abstracts (posters and platform presentations). It was a great experience in my academic life to stand in front of people and present my research.
Attending the combined section meeting gave me the opportunity to attend great educational sessions in different fields related to physical therapy. These educational sessions were about different topics, such as updates and evidence-based practice in my area of research (knee osteoarthritis and total joint replacement). In addition, I attended educational sessions about scientific writing, research, and other interesting topics in physical therapy.
Furthermore, exploring the vendors and exhibits hall was essential for me because I was looking for new technology to use in my dissertation. I found verities of opportunities and have seen different companies and options. Another important opportunity this award gave me is to make connections with graduate students and pioneers in the field from other schools around the world.
Finally, not only the academic aspects I got from the Professional Development Award, but also I got the chance to travel and explore a new city.
PROGRAM: Chemistry & Biochemistry
26th Enzyme Mechanism Conference
Newark, Delaware, United States
January 6, 2019
I attended one of the most important conference in my field of enzymology. This conference is held every two years and some of the leading researchers in the field from around the world attend the conference. This year was special because it was the 50th anniversary of the conference and was held in New Orleans, LA where the first meeting had occurred. I met professors, NIH program directors, researchers from pharmaceutical companies (Pfizer, GSK, Johnson and Johnson) and heard their amazing work at the forefront of biochemistry and enzymology. I also got to network with fellow researchers and made new friends. At the poster sessions, I got the opportunity to present my work to leading researchers in my field and hear excellent feedback. In addition, I got to explore New Orleans especially the French Quarter and taste the world famous beignets. I tried alligator meat and could not get enough of the gumbo and jambalaya. Overall, this was an unforgettable experience and I learned a lot about new research in my field and made important connection that will undoubtedly help me as I begin my independent research career.
Recent Award Recipients
To date 933 graduate students have received funding from UD's Graduate and Professional Education to pursue professional development.
Macarena Ramos Gonzalez
S. Ken Beidler