Student Travel Experiences

students at conference

Planning to travel and present your work at a meeting?  If so, you may be eligible to receive funds from The Graduate School to cover part of  your travel.   

Here's what a few recent travelers have to say about their experiences... 

Ajith Ashwin

Ajith Ashwin
Program:
Biochemistry & Cancer Biology
Conference:
Dr. Gregory P Domin Graduate Research Conference
Location: Columbus, GA

"This conference was an excellent opportunity for me to present my work. It helped me to boil down my research to layman’s terms and covey my findings in an undertsandable way. This experience was unique, as the majority of the attendees did not have a human immunology background. Overall the experience has helped me to redefine my presentation skills while emphasizing the impact of the study." - Ajith Ashwin 

Ting Lui

Ting Liu
Program:
Cellular Biology and Anatomy
Conference:
2019 Annual Meeting of American Society of Nephrology
Location: Washington, D.C.

" It is a great honor for me to present my project “Complete Pik3c3 Deletion in Renal Proximal Tubule Cells Causes Acute Kidney Injury Leading to Chronic Kidney Disease” at ASN. I am really appreciative of the support from The Graduate School, The Cellular Biology and Anatomy Department, and my mentor for giving me this opportunity to share my work with other researchers. It broadened perspective on academic innovation and made me more confident about my future career. I also appreciated the organizers of ASN meeting for give me the opportunity to present my work to kindey disease specialist from all of the world. When I presented my work, people were very interested in my experiment design and how the mouse models were built.  I also attended many types of presentations. Kidney research has developed dramatically in a short period of time. The incorporation of machine learning technology has improved the development of kidney research. Thank you again for the support." - Ting Liu

Yujiao Lu

Yujiao Lu
Program:
Neuroscience
Conference:
2019 Society for Neuroscience Conference
Location: Chicago, Ill

"This was my second time to attending a SFN Conference. Chicago is really a beautiful city.  I presented a poster on my project title “Neuron-derived estrogen is critical for neuroprotective astrocyte activation after ischemic injury to the brain." It’s really a good opportunity for me to present my work of this year to other attendees. Through discussions and questions with conference attendees, I received some very valuable suggestions which will make my study stronger. I learned new experimental skills that will improve my study designs in the future. I also great to see old colleagues while making new friends." - Yujiao Lu

Luodan Yang

Luodan Yang
Program: Neuroscience

Conference:
2019 Society for Neuroscience Conference
Location: Chicago, Ill

"I would like to thank the Graduate School for supporting my trip, research, and my development. The SfN2019 Conference provided me a great opportunity to present my work and meet many great scientists working in the same field. I received a lot of positive feedback and valuable suggestions on my project." - Luodan Yang

Hannah Youngblood at poster

Hannah Youngblood
Program:
Cellular Biology and Anatomy
Conference:
2019 International Society of Eye Research/BrightFocus Glaucoma Symposium
Location: Atlanta, GA

"The ISER/BrightFocus Glaucoma Symposium was an amazing experience and, being glaucoma specific, it was a wonderful opportunity to become immersed in my field of study. The training sessions on the first day provided me with a comprehensive background knowledge of glaucoma pathology, clinical presentation, pharmacology, disease models, and current research strategies. In the following three days, I was able to hear the latest updates in the field and present my own research during breakout poster sessions. The small, focused setting allowed me to interact with experts in my field and get their feedback on my research and ideas for future directions." - Hannah Youngblood

Sarah Ray at conference

Sarah Ray
Program: 
Physiology
Conference:
International Society of Nephrology Conference
Location: Melbourne, Australia

"As my first international conference as a graduate student, the experience at the ISN conference in Melbourne was outstanding. I had the opportunity to present my research at this conference in a moderated poster session on AKI-CKD transition. The moderated poster session was exciting and unique because it gave each presenting author an allotted time to present their work to a larger audience with similar research interests. In addition to the ISN conference, Dr. Paul O’Connor prepared individual mini-symposiums with four research universities in Melbourne: Monash University, LaTrobe University, the Florey Institute, and the Baker Institute. These four days of learning about research from the students and faculty at each of the universities were scientifically invigorating, and I received invaluable feedback on my own project during my oral presentations at each university. The experience of this international conference has greatly contributed to my growth as a graduate trainee and scientist." Sarah Ray

female students pose at conference

Kasey Belanger
Program: 
Physiology
Conference:
 Experimental Biology 2019
Location: Orlando, FL

"I had the pleasure of attending the Experimental Biology meeting in Orlando, FL this year. It was an amazing environment filled with professionals from a wide range of fields. I was able to attend seminars on topics ranging from neurovascular imaging to current gaps of knowledge in hypertension to renal and exercise physiology. It gave me an abundance of great ideas to bring back to my lab as well as ideas to apply to my own research going forward with my dissertation. - Kasey Belanger

student at poster presentation

Qimei Han
Program:
Biochemistry & Cancer Biology
Conference:
 AACR 2019
Location: Atlanta, GA

"Attending AACR meeting gave me one fascinating opportunity to visualize the panorama of vibrant cancer research being conducting around the world. During the meeting, I gave an oral and poster presentation. I was able to meet many great scientists working in the same field and discuss my work with them. I received many helpful suggestions from them. For all of this, I’d like to thank The Graduate School for supporting my trip. " - Qimei Han

award winning student poses with mentor and supporters

Reem T. Atawia
Program:
Pharmacology & Toxicology
Conference:
 Experimental Biology 2019
Location: Orlando, FL

"I presented my abstract entitled “Obesity-induced metabolic and vascular dysregulation: Implication of arginase” in an oral session at the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Division for Cardiovascular Pharmacology Trainee Showcase. I was awarded 3rd place for Best Oral Presentation. It was a great experience for me as I got thoughtful recommendations from visitors. I gratefully acknowledge The Graduate School's support for me traveling to the Experimental Biology 2019." Reem T. Atawia

students pose for travel expereince

Hina Rehmani
Program:
Biochemistry & Cancer Biology
Conference:
American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2019
Location: Atlanta, GA

"This year’s AACR Annual Meeting had a plethora of topics including sessions that emphasized ovarian cancer research, which is my topic of interest.  I was also able to learn so much about immunology, clinical trials, acquired resistance, biomarkers, various screening methods being implemented and DNA repair in cancer.  My poster session was on the last day of the conference and I had many visitors, including scientists from the University of Chicago and some from companies such as Novartis, Blueprint Medicines, and AstraZeneca. All in all, it was a great experience and I would like to thank The Graduate School for all of their support.Hina Rehmani 

student standing next to poster at conference

Najeah Okashah
Program:
MD /PhD in Pharmacology
Conference:
2019 Gordon Research Conference on Molecular Pharmacology
Location: Ventura, CA

"The Gordon Research Seminar and Gordon Research Conference in Molecular Pharmacology provided me an opportunity to present my work to researchers in my specific field. At the conference, I was exposed to cutting edge research that has yet to be published, and was able to network with top researchers in the field."  - Najeah Okashah

students pose for travel expereince

Ting Lui
Program:
Cellular Biology & Anatomy
Conference:
The American Society of Nephrology – Kidney Week 
Location: San Diego, CA

"It is a great honor for me to present my project Inhibition of Tubulointerstitial Fibrosis by Targeting p70 S6 Kinase 1. I was selected to give an oral presentation in front of kidney disease experts from across the world and received positive feedback and valuable suggestions. I also attend the Kidney Week 2018: Early Programs Course titled Advances in Research Conference: -Omics, Organoids, and Organs-on-Chips: Innovation Through Collaboration. This course really broadened my view of advanced technologies that can be used in kidney research. I am grateful to The Graduate School  for supporting my research and my development."   Ting Lui   

OTHER RECENT STUDENT TRAVEL EXPERIENCES  

Helen Kaiser, PhD student in Cellular Biology & Anatomy 
Conference: 2019 International Conference of Frailty and Sarcopenia
Location: Miami, FL
Presentation Type: Oral 
Title of Presentation:  Inhibition of Kynurenine Production Protects skeletal muscle from the Age-Related Loss of Mass and Strength.

 

Molly Braun, PhD student in Neuroscience 
Conference: 2019 Gordon Research Seminar: Neuroimmune Communication in Health and Disease 
Location: Ventura, CA
Presentation Type: Poster
Title of PresentationNeutrophil extracellular traps exacerbate neurological injury after traumatic brain injury

 

Mackenzie Hagan, PhD student in Cellular Biology & Anatomy 
Conference: Orthopedic Research Society 2019 
Location: Austin, TX 
Presentation Type: Oral 
Title of Presentation:  Aged osteocytes demonstrate fewer plasma membrane disruptions (PMD) with mechanical loading and enhanced PMD repair rate as compared to young osteocytes

 

Jingwen Cai PhD student in Biochemistry & Cancer Biology
Conference:
2018 ARVO Meeting  
Location:
Honolulu, HI
Presentation Type: Poster

 

Aaron Fan, MD/PhD student in Molecular Medicine  
Conference: 2018 Keystone Conference
Location: Keystone, CO
Presentation Type: Poster

 

Helen Kaiser, PhD student in Cellular Biology & Anatomy  
Conference: 2018 Experimental  Biology Conference
Location: San Diego, CA
 
Presentation Type: Oral 
Title of Presentation: Kynurenine, a Tryptophan metabolite and increases reactive oxygen species and muscle atrophy

 

Watson Folk, PhD student in Molecular Medicine 
Conference: Experimental Biology Conference 2018
Location: San Diego, CA
Presentation Type: Poster