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.

 

Sabena Kull

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.

Sachin Gavali

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.

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Kelly-Ann Gesuelli

PROGRAM: School Psychology
VENUE: Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo -- Indianapolis, IN, United States
PRESENTATION: January 29, 2019

Meredith Christiansen

PROGRAM: Physical Therapy
VENUE: Combined Sections Meeting - American Physical Therapy Assoication -- Washington, DC, United States
PRESENTATION: January 23, 2019

Mohammad Afsar

PROGRAM: Plant and Soil Sciences
VENUE: Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) meeting, 2019 -- San Diego, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: January 6, 2019

Seyyedaliakbar Nakhli

PROGRAM: Civil Engineering
VENUE: SSSA International Soils Meeting -- San Diego, DE, United States
PRESENTATION: January 6, 2019

Daniel Moore

PROGRAM: Geography
VENUE: American Meteorological Society's 99th Annual Meeting -- Phoenix, AZ, United States
PRESENTATION: January 6, 2019

Kyle Runion

PROGRAM: Oceanography
VENUE: AGU Fall 2018 Meeting -- Washington, DC, United States
PRESENTATION: December 10, 2018

Zhongyuan Xu

PROGRAM: Water Science and Policy
VENUE: AGU 2018 -- Washington, DC, United States
PRESENTATION: December 10, 2018

John Strong

PROGRAM: Education
VENUE: Literacy Research Association 68th Annual Conference -- Indian Wells, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: November 27, 2018

Zhiqiang Zhang Zhiqiang

PROGRAM: Physics
VENUE: 2018 MRS Fall Meeting -- Boston, MA, United States
PRESENTATION: November 25, 2018

Suhyoun Park

PROGRAM: Psychology
VENUE: 2018 Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting -- New Orleans, LA, United States
PRESENTATION: November 15, 2018

Julien Corven (Colvin)

PROGRAM: Education
VENUE: 40th Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME-NA) -- Greenville, SC, United States
PRESENTATION: November 15, 2018

Kelly Curtis

PROGRAM: Education
VENUE: PME-NA (Psychology of Mathematics Education - North American chapter) -- Greenville, SC, United States
PRESENTATION: November 15, 2018

Matthew Melville

PROGRAM: Education
VENUE: North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME-NA) -- Greenville, SC, United States
PRESENTATION: November 15, 2018

Robert (Tony) Mixell

PROGRAM: Education
VENUE: Psychology of Mathematics Education - North American Chapter -- Greenville, SC, United States
PRESENTATION: November 15, 2018

Augustus Baker

PROGRAM: Psychology
VENUE: Object, Perception, Attention and Memory (OPAM) -- New Orleans, LA, United States
PRESENTATION: November 15, 2018

Nicole Lloyd

PROGRAM: Sociology
VENUE: 2018 POD Network Conference -- Portland, OR, United States
PRESENTATION: November 14, 2018

Alyssa Lompado

PROGRAM: Psychology
VENUE: Psychonomics -- New Orleans, LA, United States
PRESENTATION: November 14, 2018

Minwoo Kim

PROGRAM: Psychology
VENUE: OPAM / Psychonomics Society Annual Meeting 2018 -- New Orleans, LA, United States
PRESENTATION: November 14, 2018

Akshay Bhosale

PROGRAM: Electrical and Computer Engineering
VENUE: Super Computing '18 -- Newark, DE, United States
PRESENTATION: November 11, 2018

Mohammad Morshed Moshiur Hasan

PROGRAM: Mechanical Engineering
VENUE: International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition® ( IMECE2018) -- Pittsburgh, PA, United States
PRESENTATION: November 9, 2018

Kelechi Ogbuanu

PROGRAM: Mechanical Engineering
VENUE: International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE 2018) -- Pittsburgh, PA, United States
PRESENTATION: November 9, 2018

Stanford Borrell

PROGRAM: Civil Engineering
VENUE: Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference - Americas -- Merida, Mexico
PRESENTATION: November 9, 2018

Maria Pontiki

PROGRAM: Civil Engineering
VENUE: Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference -- Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
PRESENTATION: November 9, 2018

Benedict Gross

PROGRAM: Ocean Engineering
VENUE: YOUNG COASTAL SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS CONFERENCE – AMERICAS -- Elkton, MD, United States
PRESENTATION: November 9, 2018

 

 

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