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.

 

Logan Beaver

PROGRAM: Mechanical Engineering

58th Conference on Decision and Control

Nice, France
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.

Jenna Harris

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.

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Leah Jackson

PROGRAM: Fashion and Apparel Studies
VENUE: 2020 Popular Culture & American Culture Association Conference -- Philadelphia, PA, United States
PRESENTATION: April 15, 2020

Celeste Dix

PROGRAM: Biomechanics and Movement Science
VENUE: IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport -- , Monaco
PRESENTATION: March 12, 2020

Jiyoung Yun

PROGRAM: Education
VENUE: the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE) 2020 Spring Conference -- Arlington, VA, United States
PRESENTATION: March 11, 2020

Christopher Tharp

PROGRAM: Political Science and International Relations
VENUE: 5th Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disasters Studies (NEEDS 2020) -- Östersund, Sweden
PRESENTATION: March 10, 2020

Naoyuki Sunami

PROGRAM: Psychology
VENUE: 2020 Society for Personality and Social Psychology Convention -- New Orleans, LA, United States
PRESENTATION: February 26, 2020

Mithun Deb

PROGRAM: Civil Engineering
VENUE: Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020 -- San Diego, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: February 16, 2020

Nicole Coffey

PROGRAM: Marine Studies
VENUE: Ocean Sciences -- San Diego, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: February 16, 2020

Ken Beidler

PROGRAM: Fine Arts
VENUE: College Art Association Annual Meeting -- Chicago, IL, United States
PRESENTATION: February 12, 2020

Rachel Knobel

PROGRAM: Physical Therapy
VENUE: APTA Combined Sections Meeting -- Denver, CO, United States
PRESENTATION: February 12, 2020

Brian Honick

PROGRAM: Biomechanics and Movement Science
VENUE: APTA 2020 Combined Sections Meeting -- Denver, CO, United States
PRESENTATION: February 12, 2020

Brittany Miller

PROGRAM: Physical Therapy
VENUE: APTA Combined Sections Meeting -- Denver, CO, United States
PRESENTATION: February 12, 2020

Joston Benton

PROGRAM: Physical Therapy
VENUE: APTA Combined Sections Meeting -- Denver, CO, United States
PRESENTATION: February 12, 2020

Eric Plautz

PROGRAM: Health Promotion
VENUE: Active Living Conference -- Orlando, FL, United States
PRESENTATION: February 2, 2020

Yuying Zhang

PROGRAM: Materials Science and Engineering
VENUE: 44th International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites -- Daytona beach, FL, United States
PRESENTATION: January 26, 2020

Connor Dacey

PROGRAM: Disaster Science and Management
VENUE: American Meteorological Society's 15th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice as part of the 100th Annual Meeting -- Boston, MA, United States
PRESENTATION: January 12, 2020

Brent Runge

PROGRAM: Chemistry and Biochemistry
VENUE: The 6th Winter School on Biomolecular Solid-State NMR -- Stowe, VT, United States
PRESENTATION: January 5, 2020

Ryan Russell

PROGRAM: Chemistry and Biochemistry
VENUE: The 6th U.S.-Canada Winter School on Biomolecular Solid-State NMR -- Stowe, VT, United States
PRESENTATION: January 5, 2020

Roza Kalabekova

PROGRAM: Chemistry and Biochemistry
VENUE: 2020 Winter School on Biomolecular Solid-State NMR -- Stowe, VT, United States
PRESENTATION: January 5, 2020

Ye Shen

PROGRAM: Education
VENUE: The 18th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education -- honolulu, HI, United States
PRESENTATION: January 4, 2020

Rui Wang

PROGRAM: Education
VENUE: Hawaii International Conference on Education (HICE) -- Honolulu, HI, United States
PRESENTATION: January 4, 2020

Eric Allen

PROGRAM: Geography
VENUE: American Meteorological Society -- Boston, MA, United States
PRESENTATION: January 4, 2020

Logan Beaver

PROGRAM: Mechanical Engineering
VENUE: 58thConference on Decision and Control -- Nice, France
PRESENTATION: December 11, 2019

Dixit Bhatta

PROGRAM: Computer Science
VENUE: IEEE International Conference of Cloud Computing Technology and Science (CloudCom) -- Sydney, Australia
PRESENTATION: December 11, 2019

Manuel Cuesta

PROGRAM: Physics
VENUE: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2019 -- San Francisco, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: December 9, 2019

 

 

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