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.

 

Zhangxian Ouyang

PROGRAM: Oceanography

Ocean Sciences Meeting

San Diego, California, United States
February 17, 2020

I attended the Ocean Sciences Meeting on 17-21 February 2020, in San Diego, California. The Ocean Sciences Meeting is the flagship conference for the ocean sciences and the larger ocean-connected community. More than 4,600 attendees from around the world presented and shared their research findings about the world’s oceans. During this five-day conference, I was able to attend different oral and poster sessions and learn about a wide range of researches. Meanwhile, I seized this great opportunity to meet colleagues and old friends, as well as explore the beautiful city.

My PhD dissertation is focused on how the Arctic carbonate system and biogeochemistry dynamics respond to warming and accelerated sea-ice loss and relevant air-ice-sea physical environmental changes. At this meeting, I presented the results of my second chapter of my dissertation “Summertime evolution of net community production and CO2 flux in the western Arctic Ocean” to people with different background. I was encouraged that a lot of people I met at my poster showed great interests in my Arctic carbon cycle research and they provided a lot of constructive and thoughtful comments. Talking with other professionals in the related field was incredibly rewarding. One of the challenges I met in my study was to explain the biogeochemical process from a perspective of physical oceanography. Instead of reading the published articles, I have met and learnt directly from the author, who was working on the current circulation in my study area. That was a wonderful moment when your hypothesis was confirmed by an expert in this field.

I really appreciate the support of Graduate Student Travel Award. Attending the Ocean Sciences Meeting was unforgettable and beneficial experience for my PhD journey and my pursuit of a career in academia.

Connor Dacey

PROGRAM: Disaster Science & Management

American Meteorological Society

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
January 11, 2020

Attending the American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts was an extremely rewarding and exciting experience.  This year marked the 100th anniversary of the annual conference, and as such, there was much reason to celebrate.  The conference brought together over 5,500 meteorologists, atmospheric scientists, social scientists, researchers, emergency managers, students, and operational forecasters among others from around the world (the highest attendance ever recorded).  The days were long, but filled with immense learning!  To elaborate, there were numerous topics discussed throughout the conference ranging from space weather to tropical meteorology to emergency management policy and implementation.  There were also different student poster sessions towards the end of the days in which both undergraduate and graduate students were able to discuss their projects and research in a more formal setting.  I was able to attend these different oral and poster sessions and learn about a wide range of topics.  Since I am working on my Ph.D. in Disaster Science and Management, I tended to learn towards attending those sessions and posters that focused more on the intersection of emergency management and meteorology.  My true interests lie in understanding how both the physical and social sciences can be more effectively intertwined in order to promote effective protective action decision-making during hazardous weather situations.  To my benefit, there were many others at the conference who also shared these same interests and presented on similar topics.  It was fascinating to learn more about this specific niche within the field of meteorology.   I am also grateful to have presented my dissertation research at one of these sessions.  To elaborate, I created and gave a 15-minute long PowerPoint presentation that focused on my dissertation titled The Perception of Storm Spotters as part of a Natural Hazards Integrated Warning System. It was an exciting opportunity to share preliminary results of my research with other scientists and researchers within this field.  I obtained a number of compliments from the audience on my presentation and was also given some research topics to think about in the future.  Overall, attending the AMS annual conference provided both a great learning experience and networking event that was instrumental to my growth as a graduate student and future emergency manager.

 

Recent Award Recipients

To date 1268 graduate students have received funding from UD's Graduate College to pursue professional development.

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Utkarsh Bajpai

PROGRAM: Physics
VENUE: APS March Meeting 2020 -- Denver, CO, United States
PRESENTATION: March 2, 2020

Joseph Avenoso

PROGRAM: Physics
VENUE: American Physical Society March Meeting 2020 -- Denver, CO, United States
PRESENTATION: March 2, 2020

ABHIN SURESH

PROGRAM: Physics
VENUE: APS March Meeting -- Denver, CO, United States
PRESENTATION: March 2, 2020

Shirin Pourmiri

PROGRAM: Physics
VENUE: APS March Meeting -- Denver, CO, United States
PRESENTATION: March 2, 2020

Zhiqiang Zhang

PROGRAM: Physics
VENUE: APS March Meeting 2020 -- Denver, CO, United States
PRESENTATION: March 2, 2020

Onur Tosun

PROGRAM: Physics
VENUE: APS March Meeting 2020 -- Denver, CO, United States
PRESENTATION: March 2, 2020

Iman Albadar

PROGRAM: Linguistics and Cognitive Science
VENUE: The 34th Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics -- Tucson, AZ, United States
PRESENTATION: February 28, 2020

Rachel Amey

PROGRAM: Psychology
VENUE: Society for Personality and Social Psychology -- New Orleans, LA, United States
PRESENTATION: February 27, 2020

Myung Hye Yoo

PROGRAM: Linguistics and Cognitive Science
VENUE: Focus Alternatives: theoretical and empirical perspectives -- Berlin, Germany
PRESENTATION: February 27, 2020

Naoyuki Sunami

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

Fan Zhang

PROGRAM: Education
VENUE: 4th Annual Conference on Academic Research in Education (CARE) -- Las Vegas, NV, United States
PRESENTATION: February 23, 2020

Shuxiong Feng

PROGRAM: Educational Leadership
VENUE: 4th Annual Conference on Academic Research in Education (CARE) -- Las Vegas, NV, United States
PRESENTATION: February 23, 2020

Christina Moore

PROGRAM: Psychology
VENUE: Society for Research on Adolescence -- San Diego, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: February 19, 2020

Melissa Catalano

PROGRAM: School Psychology
VENUE: National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) 2020 -- Baltimore, MD, United States
PRESENTATION: February 18, 2020

Mithun Deb

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

Kaitlyn McPherran

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

Zhangxian Ouyang

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

Jessica Czarnecki

PROGRAM: Marine Studies
VENUE: ASLO Ocean Science Meeting -- 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

Xin Wang

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

Xingchi Wang

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

Lei Huang

PROGRAM: Oceanography
VENUE: ocean science meeting -- San Diego, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: February 16, 2020

Weiyang Bao

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

Kianoosh Yousefi

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

 

 

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