10th Annual Graduate Students’ Forum

We invite you to the 10th Annual Graduate Students’ Forum for Research and Creative Endeavors on Friday, April 23rd 2021 over Zoom webinar. This year’s overarching theme is “Succeeding in a Virtual World: Advancing Your Research and Career Journey.” We are honored to announce that Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester, United States Congresswoman for Delaware and UD graduate student alumna, will address the Forum in addition to a keynote panel featuring Dr. Wei Chen, Managing Director, Head of Credit Strategy and Analytics at Barclays; Ms. Fatimah Conley, JD, UD’s Interim Chief Diversity Officer; Dr. Rudolf Eigenmann, Professor, UD’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering; and Dr. Lou Rossi, Dean of UD’s Graduate College and Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education.


Forum Schedule:

10:00 AM Welcome and Keynote Panel
12:00-4:00 PM Six Concurrent Grad Student Oral Presentations and Q & A sessions
4:00-5:00 PM  Grad Student Poster Presenters’ Q & A sessions
5:30 PM  Awards Ceremony


Professional Development Week

In addition to the Forum, we are hosting a Professional Development Week from Monday, April 19 to Thursday, April 22, 2021 that will include several workshops that will assist you in securing and excelling in your career.

Professional Development Week 2021

Register now for our workshops!

Date and Time Workshop Name (Click hyperlink to register) Description
Monday, April 19th: 12-1 PM CV, cover letter, and building your network advice Can your resume survive a 15 second scan and still get into the YES pile? Let’s ensure your resume is in top shape and your cover letter writing skills are ready for when that next great opportunity presents itself. In this session, you will learn the strategies of effective messaging and how to be “on-point” with your written communication. Workshop lead by Suprawee Tepsuporn.
Tuesday, April 20th 12-1 PM  The Job Search for International Students As an international student, there are some key considerations as you search for internships and full-time employment. Join the Assistant Director for International Student Career Readiness, Travis Pocta, as he discusses how to leverage your skills and abilities as an international student to better navigate the job search process.
Wednesday, April 21st 1-2 PM  Interview Best Practices: Nervous about job interviews? You are not alone! Join us in this workshop to learn strategies to ace the interviews. We will discuss the nuts and bolts and how to articulate your fit for the role and organization. Sample interview questions will be provided along with tips on how to answer these tough questions. Workshop lead by Suprawee Tepsuporn and Rachel Coppola.
Wednesday, April 21 4-5 PM Career panel on thriving in the industry job market Panelists: Ben Israel, R&D Manager, Siemens Heathineers, ‘14 PhD Chemistry; Adetoun Adeniji-Adele, Hiring Manager, Integral Molecular; Danielle Machado ‘00AS – Human Resources Business Partner; Terrance Bowman, Executive Director, Global Technology Diversity and Inclusion
Thursday, April 22 4-5 PM Career panel on thriving in the alt-industry job market (government, academia, non-profit) Dr. Yoram Cohen ‘81EG – Vice Chair/Professor-Chemical Engineering at University of CA-Los Angeles; Frank Newton EHD10EdD, Director at Newark Charter School; David Fry, Attorney, Shaw Keller; Sheila Bravo, Executive Director, Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement

We encourage you to mark your calendars for our Forum and register now for our Forum and Professional Development Week. Zoom webinar links will be sent at later date.

Important Dates for your calendar:

  • Feb 16th: Call for papers opens
  • March 12th: Deadline for Call for Papers
  • April 9th: Deadline for oral and poster presentation recordings
  • April 12th: Poster library available to the public
  • April 19th – 22nd: Professional Development week (includes daily workshops and live Q&A sessions for posters)
  • April 23rd: Graduate Research Forum

This event is organized by the Graduate Student Government’s Events Committee: Lauren Mosesso, Priyanka Mondal, Brittany Shimanski, Katie Ellis, and Huma Rasheed with much assistance from GSG President Samantha Bingaman and Grad College’s Graduate Student Services Coordinator Caitlin Hutchison. Please email Lauren Mosesso (lmosesso@udel.edu) with any questions.