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.

 

Andy Lam

PROGRAM: Biological Sciences

22nd International C. elegans Conference

Los Angeles, California, United States
June 20, 2019

In June 2019, I, along with my lab mates, attended the 22nd International C. elegans Conference held at UCLA in Los Angeles. It was an amazing experience and opportunity for my graduate research career.  At the conference I was able to interact with C. elegans researchers from all over the world and learn about the latest research in a variety of different fields such as development, cellular biology, and metabolism. While my research is not in these fields, being able to listen to talks and poster presentations allowed me to come up with ideas for new experiments. My research is about understanding diet and its effects on Alzheimer’s Disease, and there were many talks and posters that explored the different aspects of Alzheimer’s Disease and using C. elegans as a model. I presented a poster entitled “Effects of Different Bacterial Diets on Amyloid-Beta (Aβ) Induced paralysis in a C. elegans Alzheimer’s Disease Model” to other fellow graduate students and senior scientists in the field. I received a lot of feedback and ideas for potential experiments, which made me excited to come back to UD and back to work.  Presenting a poster at this international conference also allowed me practice presenting research to groups of people with different backgrounds and knowledge. Thanks to the Professional Development Award for support and for helping me attend the 22nd International C. elegans Conference. This opportunity not only allowed me to continue to work on my professional development, but also to network with fellow researchers from around the world. I also had a really good time exploring the UCLA campus as well as Los Angeles, but I will not miss the legendary Los Angeles traffic!

Tommy Wilmoth

PROGRAM: Biological Sciences

22nd International C. elegans Conference

Los Angeles, California, United States
June 20, 2019

At the end of June I attended my first International C. elegans conference as a new member of the Genetics Society of America. I work in the Jaramillo-Lambert Lab, which utilizes a genetics approach to look into the complexity of meiosis, using C. elegans as a model organism. This conference was extremely beneficial towards that research. Within the itinerary, there were “concurrent sessions” that consisted of several speakers from all over giving short talks on their progress in their research field. Luckily for us, there was a germline/meiosis concurrent session that provided informative talks that were relevant to our research. Workshops were also available on most days, in which researchers presented on cutting edge techniques and methodology in hopes of helping or inspiring those who may be struggling with their own techniques. In my case, I have used CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing for my research project with C. elegans. Several of the presentations gave valuable information that I and lab members can use in the future to perfect our own methods with genome editing. Another useful time block that was scheduled daily was the plenary session, where more prominent researchers in the C. elegans community were given the stage and presented in front of essentially all those who attended the conference. While they spoke about their lab’s research goals, their talks seemed to be broader and more global and provided something that could be of interest to all those in the community. One of the highlights of the trip were the poster sessions, where up-and-coming scientists, including my lab mate Nirajan and I, displayed our projects on posters and were given time to discuss those projects with anyone who was interested. This gave us a valuable experience in which we could grow more comfortable sharing our ideas with people both in and outside of a certain research community. Overall, the conference was a tremendously beneficial event and I would encourage all who find a liking to C. elegans to consider attending.

 

Recent Award Recipients

To date 1090 graduate students have received funding from UD's Graduate College to pursue professional development.

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Jenna Harris

PROGRAM: Materials Science and Engineering
VENUE: 2019 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting & Exhibit -- Boston, MA, United States
PRESENTATION: December 1, 2019

Laura Cutler

PROGRAM: Human Development and Family Studies
VENUE: National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) -- Ft. Worth, TX, United States
PRESENTATION: November 20, 2019

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

Lin Liu

PROGRAM: Criminology
VENUE: the 2019 annual conference of The American Society of Criminology -- Newark, DE, 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

Emily Nowosielecki

PROGRAM: Human Nutrition
VENUE: Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo -- Philadelphia, PA, United States
PRESENTATION: October 26, 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

Kathrin Reed

PROGRAM: Political Science and International Relations
VENUE: Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies -- Montreal, Canada
PRESENTATION: October 24, 2019

Jessica Galgiani

PROGRAM: Biomechanics and Movement Science
VENUE: Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting -- Chicago, IL, United States
PRESENTATION: October 19, 2019

Jonathan Wood

PROGRAM: Biomechanics and Movement Science
VENUE: Society for Neuroscience -- Chicago, IL, United States
PRESENTATION: October 19, 2019

Suhyoun Park

PROGRAM: Psychology
VENUE: Neuroscience 2019 -- Chicago, IL, United States
PRESENTATION: October 19, 2019

Leeland Rogers

PROGRAM: Psychology
VENUE: Society for Neuroscience -- Chicago, IL, United States
PRESENTATION: October 19, 2019

Caroline Morano

PROGRAM: Education
VENUE: Cognitive Development Society -- Louisville, KY, United States
PRESENTATION: October 17, 2019

Olivia Armandroff

PROGRAM: Winterthur Program in American Material Culture
VENUE: SECAC 2019 -- Chattanooga, TN, United States
PRESENTATION: October 16, 2019

Drake Hardman

PROGRAM: Entomology and Wildlife Ecology
VENUE: The Wildlife Society 2019 National Conference -- Reno, NV, United States
PRESENTATION: September 27, 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

Kopo Oromeng

PROGRAM: Geological Sciences
VENUE: The Geological Society of America 2019 (GSA-2019) -- Phoenix, AR, United States
PRESENTATION: September 22, 2019

Goabaone Jaqueline Ramatlapeng

PROGRAM: Geological Sciences
VENUE: Geological Society of America Annual meeting (2019) -- Phoenix, AR, United States
PRESENTATION: September 22, 2019

Ahmed Lasisi

PROGRAM: Civil Engineering
VENUE: AREMA Railway Interchange Conference -- Minneapolis, MN, United States
PRESENTATION: September 22, 2019

Pengyu Li

PROGRAM: Civil Engineering
VENUE: AREMA Railway Interchange 2019 -- Minneapolis, MN, United States
PRESENTATION: September 22, 2019

Ying-Heng Tein

PROGRAM: Chemical Engineering
VENUE: 33rd Conference of The European Colloid and Interface Society 2019 -- Leuven, Belgium
PRESENTATION: September 8, 2019

John Menz

PROGRAM: Entomology and Wildlife Ecology
VENUE: Apimondia International Apicultural Congress -- Montreal, Canada
PRESENTATION: September 8, 2019

KATERINA ACUNA

PROGRAM: Art Conservation
VENUE: International Council of Museums, Committee for Conservation (ICOM-CC) Glass and Ceramics Interim Meeting -- London, United Kingdom
PRESENTATION: September 5, 2019

 

 

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