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.

 

Colleen Pike

PROGRAM: Biological Sciences

American Society for Cell Biology

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
December 7, 2019

With the support of the Graduate Student Travel Award, I attended the 2019 American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) in Washington, D.C. With over 6,000 attendees, ASCB is the largest conference for cell biologists across the globe. ASCB is a central hub for showcasing the latest research trends in cell biology-related fields, with this year’s emphasis on imaging techniques and disease diagnostics. My research aims to dissect the molecular interactions between a pathogenic microbe and its host. I use an integrated approach to understand host-pathogen dynamics, relying heavily on techniques from cell biology, biochemistry and microbiology. As a Ph.D. student studying a highly interdisciplinary field, it was extremely useful for me to attend a conference in which from all of these research fields would be represented.

I found ASCB to be a particularly beneficial conference because I had the opportunity to interact with leading experts in my field as well as offer my research expertise to up and coming researchers. This was the first conference I had been to where I had the opportunity to serve as a poster judge for a national undergraduate poster competition, which I found to be extremely rewarding. I learned about the current research projects being conducted by undergraduate students from all over the country, and offered my feedback on how to improve their research as well as their scientific communication skills. I also presented a poster on my current project, and received useful feedback on how to tackle some roadblocks that I was currently facing with my experiments.

I am primarily interested in how bacterial proteins can target and manipulate membrane trafficking pathways in host cells so I attended talks focused on organelle dynamics and lipid-membrane trafficking. It was an invaluable experience to hear about the cutting-edge techniques being used in my field, and thinking about how I can apply them to my own project. I was particularly impressed with talks showcasing microscopy-based methods for identifying intracellular protein-protein interactions. Being surrounded by such innovative projects fueled my motivation to return to UD and get back to work.

I attended this conference with my advisor and 4 of my lab mates which made this experience even more memorable. Being able to discuss talks and posters on the spot with my lab members made the information I learned more enriching and useful. Outside of the conference, we explored historic Washington, D.C and enjoyed our time together at nearby bars and restaurants. ASCB was an instrumental experience for my graduate career and I greatly appreciate the Graduate College for funding this opportunity.

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

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kenza Soufiane

PROGRAM: Civil Engineering
VENUE: AREMA Conference (American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association) -- Dallas, TX, United States
PRESENTATION: September 13, 2020

Rachael Vause

PROGRAM: Art History
VENUE: International Medieval Congress, Leeds -- Leeds, United Kingdom
PRESENTATION: July 5, 2020

Duncan Tulimieri

PROGRAM: Biomechanics and Movement Science
VENUE: KINARM Camp -- Kingston, ON, Canada
PRESENTATION: June 8, 2020

Kleio Baxevani

PROGRAM: Mechanical Engineering
VENUE: International Conference of Robotics and Automation -- Paris, France
PRESENTATION: May 31, 2020

Prem Chand

PROGRAM: Mechanical Engineering
VENUE: International Conference on Robotics and Automation -- Paris, France
PRESENTATION: May 31, 2020

Felicia Berube

PROGRAM: Exercise Science
VENUE: American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting -- San Fancisco, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: May 26, 2020

Amanda Kasman

PROGRAM: Art Conservation
VENUE: American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works Annual Conference 2020 -- Salt Lake City, UT, United States
PRESENTATION: May 21, 2020

Seyyedaliakbar Nakhli

PROGRAM: Civil Engineering
VENUE: 2020 World Environmental & Water Resources Congress -- Henderson, NV, United States
PRESENTATION: May 17, 2020

Kody Seward

PROGRAM: Biological Sciences
VENUE: Quantitative Fluorescence Microscopy Course 2020 -- Salisbury Cove, ME, United States
PRESENTATION: May 15, 2020

Nancy Contreras

PROGRAM: Criminology
VENUE: Latin American Studies Association -- Guadalajara, Mexico
PRESENTATION: May 13, 2020

Jack Williams

PROGRAM: Mechanical Engineering
VENUE: Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) -- Vienna, Austria
PRESENTATION: April 30, 2020

Kelsey Neal

PROGRAM: Mechanical Engineering
VENUE: Osteoarthritis Research Society International -- Vienna, Austria
PRESENTATION: April 30, 2020

Hira Rashid

PROGRAM: Urban Affairs and Public Policy
VENUE: Peace, Global Health & Sustainability Conference (PEGASUS IV) -- Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
PRESENTATION: April 24, 2020

Corina Gilden

PROGRAM: Urban Affairs and Public Policy
VENUE: APPAM Regional Student Conference -- Washington, DC, United States
PRESENTATION: April 24, 2020

Nicolas Al Fahel

PROGRAM: Energy and Environmental Policy
VENUE: 2020 APPAM Regional Student Conference - DC -- Washington, DC, United States
PRESENTATION: April 24, 2020

Yue Pan

PROGRAM: Physics
VENUE: APS April Meeting -- Washington, DC, United States
PRESENTATION: April 18, 2020

Dilek Eruslu

PROGRAM: Economics Education
VENUE: AERA 2020 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association -- San Francisco, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: April 17, 2020

Gerilyn Slicker

PROGRAM: Human Development and Family Studies
VENUE: American Educational Research Association (AERA) -- San Francisco, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: April 17, 2020

Nadisha Downs

PROGRAM: Human Development and Family Studies
VENUE: 2020 American Educational Research Association Annual Conference -- San Francisco, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: April 16, 2020

Angela Maria Bohorquez Oviedo

PROGRAM: Political Science and International Relations
VENUE: Annual Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Conference 2020 -- Chicago, IL, United States
PRESENTATION: April 16, 2020

Leah Jackson

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

Kati Tilley

PROGRAM: Education
VENUE: David L. Clark Graduate Research Seminar -- San Francisco, CA, United States
PRESENTATION: April 15, 2020

Riza Li

PROGRAM: Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
VENUE: Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) 2020 -- Washington D.C., DC, United States
PRESENTATION: April 14, 2020

Vishruta Prashant Yawatkar

PROGRAM: Geography
VENUE: American Association of Geographers 2020, Annual Meeting -- Denver, CO, United States
PRESENTATION: April 6, 2020

 

 

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