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: Art History
Textile Society of America 16th Biennial Symposium
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
September 19, 2018
In September 2018, I had the pleasure of participating in the 16th Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of America (TSA) in Vancouver, British Columbia. As a Founding Presidents’ Award nominee, I was honored to attend as a guest of the TSA and fully participate in the jam-packed schedule of events, from the opening reception on Wednesday evening to the awards banquet on Saturday night, as well as the many sessions, workshops, tours, exhibitions and receptions in between. The Symposium’s theme, “The Social Fabric: Deep Local to Pan Global,” permeated every aspect of the four-day event and I was impressed by the care and attention the organizers gave to even seemingly “minor” points. For example, the tote bags were hand-made, sewn locally from fabric recycled from old city banners, while the name tag of each attendee hung from a lanyard that was reused from a previous, regional conference (mine was bright yellow, emblazoned with the words: “ALBERTA HEALTH & SAFETY CONFERENCE 2014”). The Symposium kicked off on Wednesday evening with a reception at the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology; after food, drink, and lively conversation, I joined about three-hundred other attendees in the Museum’s Great Hall, where, surrounded by monumental sculpture by First Nations Peoples, we were treated to an introduction by Debra Sparrow, a Musqueam weaver, artist, and knowledge keeper, and then presented with a surprise event: an indigenous fashion show by Vancouver-area high school students. By the time I presented my own paper (“A Seventeenth-Century South American Hanging and Valance: Embroidering Imperial Power and Local Identity in Colonial Peru”) on Saturday morning, I knew that these introductory events exemplified the entirety of the program and, described in four words, summed up my own professional and personal experience at the TSA Symposium: engaging, fun, passionate, and thought-provoking.
PROGRAM: Bioinformatics & Systems Biology
ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics (ACM BCB)
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
August 29, 2018
The Association for Computing Machinery is one of the largest and most prestigious scientific and educational communities. The 9th ACM-BCB conference was organized by the ACM special interest group on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Biomedical Informatics. Attending the conference has provided me with an invaluable experience. Being selected to present my poster demonstrating my ongoing research to the fellow professional in the field of Biology, Bioinformatics and Computing in general presented me with a tremendous opportunity to share my work with the larger community. I received a lot of valuable feedback, which I think will definitely help me in shaping my research in the future. Apart from presenting my poster I also had the opportunity of meeting the researchers, who developed the tools that we use daily in our work.
In addition, I also participated as a student volunteer. The experience of working with the fellow students volunteers from different universities was one of my most cherished experiences in the conferences.
Overall, I think attending the ACM-BCB conference has definitely broadened my thinking as well as my professional network.
Recent Award Recipients
To date 847 graduate students have received funding from UD's Graduate and Professional Education to pursue professional development.
Zhiqiang Zhang Zhiqiang
Julien Corven (Colvin)
Robert (Tony) Mixell
Mohammad Morshed Moshiur Hasan