Graduate Student Travel Award
The Graduate Student Travel Award 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.
In the Spotlight
Below is a sampling of the most recent award recipients.
PROGRAM: Fashion and Apparel Studies
International Textile and Apparel Association
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
October 25, 2019
It’s my honor to have had the great opportunity to take part in the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) conference in Las Vegas in 2019. I was selected to display my design work to industry specialists, experienced faculty and, students from many famous fashion departments across the U.S. and other countries. The title of my presentation was “Design and Development of a Visual and Tactile Garment Therapy for Children with Autism” which was about designing a series of functional apparel to offer physical therapy for Autistic children by stimulating their visual and tactile senses as a method for calming them down. Every participant’s design was displayed in a conference room and all faculty and students could walk around and communicate with designers to talk about the design inspiration, limitation, and suggestions for the improvements. Luckily, my design was appreciated by a lot of people and won the 2019 French European Inc. Innovative Design Award.
The International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) conference is a huge platform where creative students, famous researchers, and skilled industry experts gather to present their advanced research outcomes. A lot of students who first attended this conference like me are able to acquire knowledge of the recent developments in the fashion industry and find out their future research direction. Faculties and industry leaders can find ideal students who can continue to pursue PhD degree at their universities or contribute to new apparel studies at their companies. Anyway, everyone is able to benefit from this conference.
And thanks again to my advisors and classmates who offered suggestions and encouragement to my design so that I have a so precious chance to be present at the ITAA conference.
PROGRAM: Biomechanics & Movement Science
American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association National Assembly
San Diego, California, United States
September 25, 2019
Using Professional Development Award funding graciously provided by the University of Delaware Graduate College, I was able to attend the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) National Assembly in San Diego, CA. As a PhD student in the Delaware Limb Loss Studies lab in the Department of Physical Therapy, I presented two posters based on preliminary data from our ongoing study, which investigates changes in sensation and function among adults who have experienced a lower-limb amputation. Both poster presentations sparked thought-provoking discussion with other researchers in the field and conference attendees, providing critical feedback for future research endeavors.
Beyond presenting my posters, I had the opportunity to attend platform presentations and exhibit hall technical demonstrations to learn more about current research advances in the orthotics and prosthetics field. Notably, I attended a session highlighting updates on the use of osseointegration, a newly-investigated surgical procedure involving direct attachment of a prosthesis to the amputated limb without use of a socket or suspension system. As a clinician-scientist interested in pain-related outcomes following amputation and limb trauma, the impact of alternative prosthetic options on chronic pain and function is of great interest.
Finally, the most beneficial aspect of my attendance at AOPA’s National Assembly was my ability to participate in various networking opportunities. The conference sponsored a “Women in Orthotics and Prosthetics” luncheon, during which I met several women involved in advancing current clinical care for individuals requiring prosthetic or orthotic services. I also met several leaders in the field during an informational session on the development of a research registry for individuals with limb amputations, which would support further large-scale research investigating the quality, effectiveness, and cost of amputation-related care. The interdisciplinary nature of the conference provided numerous opportunities for thoughtful discussion and brain-storming critical for further advancing our field.
Recent Award Recipients
To date 1166 graduate students have received funding from UD's Graduate College to pursue professional development.
Mohammad Abdul Qadir Khan
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