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.

 

Cassandra Harris

PROGRAM: Marine Studies

2018 SACNAS, The National Diversity in STEM Conference

San Anotonio, Texas, United States
October 11, 2018

SACNAS has been quite the experience for me. It was the first time that I had ever attended a large conference that was hosted by a minority group. All throughout my schooling, people of color were always the minorities at conferences and it was nice to see a change. Even though SACNAS is a group for Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, I felt represented as a person of color at a conference. People of color aren’t represented in the sciences and we’re a minority at most schools, but SACNAS was different. This conference let all 461 exhibitors know that minorities are scientists too. It made me proud to be an African American woman in science who wanted to continue her journey to be an example for other minority students. As a minority, conferences like SACNAS are essential for professional development. Like I said before, there aren’t many minorities in the sciences and SACNAS made sure that they prepared students to prosper as professionals in the sciences. They had sessions such as “Becoming a Resilient Scientist,” “Building and Maintaining Professional Networks,” and “Life Happens – Surviving Academia Despite Adversity.” I noticed that a lot of the professional development sessions were geared towards minorities, which is very beneficial. One session that really hit home for me was about microaggressions. In life, because of the color of my skin people already have assumptions about me. The session talked about the biases that our brain forms that are the underlie for microaggressions and ways to counteract these biases to show the other person that we are just as good of a professional as everyone else. While at SACNAS, I made a lot of connections with people. This was the first time that I was ever prepared with my CV and business cards at a conference and it really paid off. You could tell that people were genuinely impressed at how prepared I was and with the level of professionalism. I met a few potential PhD advisors and I’m really excited about my future in science. SACNAS was such a great experience.

Iman Albadar

PROGRAM: Linguistics & Cognitive Science

Annual Meeting on Phonology (AMP)

San Diego, California, United States
October 5, 2018

The 6th Annual Meeting on Phonology (AMP) Conference was held at UC San Diego in La Jolla, CA. The conference was structured into three days, October 5–7, 2018. The focus of the conference was to showcase high quality research in all areas of phonology. The conference featured breakout sessions, workshops and keynote sessions.

My presentation was on the second day of the conference and it was a poster presentation. I enjoyed discussing my study with others who showed their interest in my work. I also benefited from the various comments that I will be using to improve my future work. I also met some colleagues who showed their willingness collaborate on work in the future based on our shared research interests.

In addition to my presentation, I attended the other conference sessions. These sessions provided me with a valuable learning experience. For instance, there was a demo for a phonological app which allows students to grasp key phonological concepts more quickly and directly by engaging with the mechanism of feature assignment and rule interaction. The seminar about this app taught me how to use it and make it valuable in the classroom. Moreover, the conference provided an excellent opportunity to gather together with other phonologists, interact and exchange our findings and views during conference sessions, coffee breaks and conference dinner. Consequently, I have known a number of academics and professionals from different universities who have similar research interests on prosody and second language acquisition.

In general, it has been a great experience attending the AMP Conference where I met many intelligent and sharp international colleagues and experienced phonologists. Personally, I think this conference was very well organized and very successful. I fully enjoyed the conference with so many interesting discussions on various phonological topics. Several of the sessions, which I attended had been very informative and insightful on their particular subjects.

 

Recent Award Recipients

To date 847 graduate students have received funding from UD's Graduate and Professional Education to pursue professional development.

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Victoria Simons

PROGRAM: Marine Studies
VENUE: International Conference on Harmful Algae (ICHA) -- Nantes, DE, United States
PRESENTATION: October 21, 2018

debanjan sengupta

PROGRAM: Physics
VENUE: Division of Planetary Science DPS-50 -- Knoxville, TN, United States
PRESENTATION: October 21, 2018

Yanfei Wang

PROGRAM: Marine Studies
VENUE: The 18th International Conference On Harmful Algae -- Nantes, France
PRESENTATION: October 21, 2018

Kristen Nassif

PROGRAM: Art History
VENUE: "Reflections in the Funhouse Mirror," Graduate Student Visual Culture Conference -- St. Louis, MO, United States
PRESENTATION: October 19, 2018

Dianna Ruberto

PROGRAM: Urban Affairs and Public Policy
VENUE: Imagining America National Gathering and PAGE Summit -- Chicago, IL, United States
PRESENTATION: October 18, 2018

Jordan Hillman

PROGRAM: Art History
VENUE: Alterations -- Los Angeles, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: October 18, 2018

Michelle Norton

PROGRAM: Nursing Science
VENUE: National Association of Neonatal Nurses -- Anaheim, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: October 17, 2018

Kyle Ebersole

PROGRAM: Civil Engineering
VENUE: 2018 UTC Railroad Infrastructure Diagnosis and Prognosis Symposium -- Las Vegas, NV, United States
PRESENTATION: October 15, 2018

Qiang Li

PROGRAM: Plant and Soil Sciences
VENUE: 11th International Symposium on Agriculture and the Environment -- Nanjing, China
PRESENTATION: October 14, 2018

Tyler Williamson

PROGRAM: Physics
VENUE: Eighth International Fermi Symposium -- Baltimore, MD, United States
PRESENTATION: October 14, 2018

Emily Farek

PROGRAM: Art Conservation
VENUE: Dennis Farm Symposium -- Factoryville, PA, United States
PRESENTATION: October 11, 2018

Cassandra Harris

PROGRAM: Marine Studies
VENUE: 2018 SACNAS- The National Diversity in STEM Conference -- San Antonio, TX, United States
PRESENTATION: October 11, 2018

Nan Chen

PROGRAM: Oceanography
VENUE: 2018 Middle Atlantic Bight Physical Oceanography and Meteorology Meeting -- Newark, DE, United States
PRESENTATION: October 11, 2018

Sarah Leonard

PROGRAM: Art History
VENUE: North American Victorian Studies Association Annual Conference -- St. Petersburg, FL, United States
PRESENTATION: October 11, 2018

Huan Luo

PROGRAM: Linguistics and Cognitive Science
VENUE: ETAP4 -- Amherst, MA, United States
PRESENTATION: October 10, 2018

Matthew Norden

PROGRAM: Energy and Environmental Policy
VENUE: Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum -- New Haven, CT, United States
PRESENTATION: October 9, 2018

Jenifer Hummer

PROGRAM: Education
VENUE: Autumn School 2018 Digital Tools and Mathematical Modelling in Mathematics Education -- Würzburg, Germany
PRESENTATION: October 7, 2018

Iman Albadar

PROGRAM: Linguistics and Cognitive Science
VENUE: Annual Meetings on Phonology (AMP) -- San Diego, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: October 5, 2018

Minhee Kim

PROGRAM: Urban Affairs and Public Policy
VENUE: ABFM’s 30th Annual Research Conference -- Denver, CO, United States
PRESENTATION: October 4, 2018

Erica Rathie

PROGRAM: Health Promotion
VENUE: American School Health Association -- Indianapolis, ID, United States
PRESENTATION: October 4, 2018

Soumitra Biswas

PROGRAM: Electrical and Computer Engineering
VENUE: COMSOL CONFERENCE 2018 -- Boston, MA, United States
PRESENTATION: October 3, 2018

Danielle Civil

PROGRAM: Fashion and Apparel Studies
VENUE: 100 Years of Design Graduate Education: “Fashion and the Future of Design” -- Minneapolis, MN, United States
PRESENTATION: September 27, 2018

Patience Ankomah

PROGRAM: Fashion and Apparel Studies
VENUE: Fashion and the Future of Design Symposium -- Minneapolis, MN, United States
PRESENTATION: September 27, 2018

Ashley Paintsil

PROGRAM: Fashion and Apparel Studies
VENUE: Fashion and the Future of Design Symposium -- Newark, MN, United States
PRESENTATION: September 27, 2018

 

 

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