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: Mechanical Engineering
58th Conference on Decision and Control
December 11, 2019
This December I went to the 58th Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), in Nice, France. To arrive in Nice, I arranged to fly into Paris and take one of the legendary high-speed trains across France, which reach speeds up to (~180 mph). Of course, as Parisians are known to do, the entire public transportation sector was on strike during my trip. This meant that most of the metro lines, as well as all trains from Paris to Nice, were closed for the duration of my visit. Thankfully I was able to take a scenic route by train to Marseille, then continue onto Nice by bus.
The CDC is the flagship conference in the controls community, with technical sessions split over three full days along with banquets and plenary talks. The CDC was a great experience, full of opportunities to network and learn from bright people working on cutting-edge research. I gave the first talk in the first session on the first day, which was awesome. I was able to attend many talks and had fruitful conversations with several researchers. In fact, I arranged for a PhD fellow at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden to come visit the University of Delaware this February!
The city of Nice is beautiful, situated on the Mediterranean coast and full of beautiful parks and palm trees. I stayed in the old city, a 15 minute walk from the convention center, and immediately next to the Cours Saleya, a historical meeting place and square. The entire city is filled with twisting alleyways full of colorful shops selling interesting handmade crafts. Nice is an awesome city, full of interesting people and beautiful views. I am grateful for this opportunity to engage with the CDC and visit this beautiful corner of the world.
PROGRAM: Materials Science & Engineering
2019 Fall Materials Research Society Meeting and Exhibit
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
December 1, 2019
With the support of the Graduate Professional Development Award, I was able to attend the 2019 Fall Materials Research Society Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. Throughout this five-day conference I was able to not only explore the city and enjoy the first big snowfall of the year, but also see what’s happening in cutting-edge research and technology advances. One of the most beneficial things about attending such a large conference is the wide variety of topics covered. From green energy and solar cell research to neural devices and cancer treatment strategies, they had it all. I presented my own work on biocompatible nanoparticles which have a cell membrane coating, enabling them to target bone marrow with the potential to deliver drugs in a session that also consisted of using platelets for immunotherapy and programmable logic gates to dose bacterial infections.
However, one of my most enjoyed talks was one that was different from the standard research presentation. Felice Frankel, a photographer and research scientist at MIT, focused on science photography and how by stepping back from the science and focusing on creating the most compelling visual can increase the impact and understanding of our work. This fell in line with the Science as Art competition held every year where conference attendees submit pictures from their research that look like they could belong in a museum, similar to Art in Science that UD runs every year where we aim to engage the larger community in scientific research by making them want to know more about the pictures they’re seeing. This theme of art even continued through to the organizers having a caricature artist on-site for an afternoon!
I thank the Graduate College for supporting this opportunity to present my research and connect with the larger materials science community. This was an excellent forum to work toward my professional goals of working in industry after I leave the University of Delaware due to the many interactions and possibilities available to attendees.
Recent Award Recipients
To date 1187 graduate students have received funding from UD's Graduate College to pursue professional development.