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: Applied Physiology
Pan American Congress of Physiological Sciences
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.
Oscar de Paz
Farzaneh Ahmadi Darani
Daniel Sanchez Carretero
Diego Fernandez Otegui
Karelia Pena Pena
Abu Naim Rakib Ahmed