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.
Hawaii International Conference on Education
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
January 4, 2020
With the support of the Graduate Student Travel Award, I went to the 18th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education (HICE) in Honolulu, Hawaii. Honolulu is located on the island of Oahu, which is nicknamed “the gathering place”. The HICE gathered more than a thousand participants representing more than 27 countries. Through this 4-day conference, I was able to meet scholars from all over the world, attend sessions focusing on STEM education, present preliminary results of my own dissertation, and have fruitful talks with people with various background.
My presentation was scheduled with other three groups in a one-and-a-half-hour session about STEM education. Because one group was not there and I was the last one to present, when I started, I had more than 40-mins left in the session. Surprisingly, because of people’s interest and heated discussion within my presentation, I actually used all the time left. The experience was wonderful and showing the importance of my study and other studies that UD is doing. Another unforgettable experience during the conference happened during the breakfast time on the 6th. I had a conversation with Dr. Kobayashi, an associate professor in the Agriculture Department at the University of Hawaii. His research on space farming was very interesting. He was also involved in a program that taught middle school kids how to build a space similar to Mars and grow plants in it. His passion in stimulating kids’ interest in STEM also encourages me to continue my research in STEM education. At the end of our discussion, he said he was looking forward to visiting UD someday in the future.
I am grateful that the Graduate Student Travel Award provided the opportunity for this unforgettable and beneficial experience.
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.
Recent Award Recipients
To date 1268 graduate students have received funding from UD's Graduate College to pursue professional development.
Nicolas Al Fahel
Angela Maria Bohorquez Oviedo
Vishruta Prashant Yawatkar