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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Weixuan Fu

PROGRAM: Animal and Food Science
VENUE: International Plant and Animal Genome XXIV -- San Diego, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: January 9, 2016

Petra Clark

PROGRAM: English
VENUE: Modern Languages Association (MLA) annual convention -- Austin, TX, United States
PRESENTATION: January 7, 2016

Sean Hudson

PROGRAM: Geography
VENUE: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting -- San Fransico, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: December 14, 2015

Janice Hudson

PROGRAM: Geography
VENUE: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting -- San Fransisco, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: December 14, 2015

Mohammad Zafar Afsar

PROGRAM: Plant and Soil Sciences
VENUE: American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting -- San Francisco, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: December 14, 2015

Catherine G. Winters

PROGRAM: Water Science and Policy
VENUE: American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting -- San Francisco, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: December 13, 2015

Wei Yang

PROGRAM: Computer Science
VENUE: ICCV 2015 International Conference on Computer Vision -- Santiago, Chile
PRESENTATION: December 13, 2015

Jing Yan

PROGRAM: Plant and Soil Sciences
VENUE: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting -- San Franscisco, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: December 13, 2015

Lifan Xu

PROGRAM: Computer Science
VENUE: The 48th International Symposium on Microarchitecture -- Waikiki, HI, United States
PRESENTATION: December 5, 2015

Naghmeh Rezaie

PROGRAM: English
VENUE: Adaptation and Perception -- Mainz, Germany
PRESENTATION: December 3, 2015

Ashraf Bah Rabiou

PROGRAM: Computer Science
VENUE: Asian Information Retrieval Societies Conference (AIRS) -- Brisbane, Australia
PRESENTATION: December 2, 2015

Edward Marks

PROGRAM: Medical Sciences
VENUE: International Congress on Coronoary Artery Disease -- Florence, Italy
PRESENTATION: November 29, 2015

Douglas Pizac

PROGRAM: Biomechanics and Movement Science
VENUE: 6th International Ankle Symposium -- Dublin, Ireland
PRESENTATION: October 16, 2015

Angela Kline

PROGRAM: Urban Affairs and Public Policy
VENUE: American Soc. of Public Admin. Young Scholars Workshop -- Mexico City, Mexico
PRESENTATION: August 9, 2015

Qi An

PROGRAM: Materials Science and Engineering
VENUE: 20th International Conference on Composite Materials -- Copenhagen, Denmark
PRESENTATION: July 19, 2015

Megan Lillis Smith

PROGRAM: Animal and Food Science
VENUE: XVII International Silage Conference -- Piraciaba, Brazil
PRESENTATION: July 1, 2015

Matthew Hassell

PROGRAM: Mathematics
VENUE: Ciudad Real Numerica 2015 -- Univ. of Castilla, Spain
PRESENTATION: June 29, 2015

Kendra Brumfield

PROGRAM: Urban Affairs and Public Policy
VENUE: Tenth International Conference on Public Management -- Livingstone, Zambia
PRESENTATION: June 20, 2015

James Alexander

PROGRAM: Mathematics
VENUE: Connections in Discrete Mathematics -- British Columbia, Canada
PRESENTATION: June 15, 2015

Yunjiao Cai

PROGRAM: Physics
VENUE: 2016 Joint MMM-Intermag Conference -- San Diego, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: January 11, 2015



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