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... 

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   

student presenting poster

Yujiao Lu
Program:
Neuroscience
Conference
The Society for Neuroscience – Neuroscience 2018 
Location: Salt Lake City, UT

"It was my first time to San Diego, which is really a beautiful city. I did a nano symposium presentation titled “Neuron-derived estrogen regulates synaptic plasticity and memory”. It was a really a great opportunity for me to practice my presentation skills and to represent Augusta University. I connected with some old friends from Augusta University, and also made new friends. I look forward to future conferences to present my work." 
Yujiao Lui 

student presenting poster

Chandler Goldman
Program:
Cellular Biology & Anatomy 
Conference: 
Eukaryotic mRNA Processing Conference
Location: Cold Spring Harbor, NY

"Once I reached Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, it was all smooth sailing. The campus is located adjacent to large boat harbor. Around the campus is a wide variety of “research inspired” art including a sculpture titled “The Waltz of the Polyribosome.” You really get the feeling that you’re completely immersed in science.  On the second night of the conference I presented my poster and I received good feedback from peers and colleagues in the field and was even offered research materials that would aid in my research project. " 
- Chandler Goldman

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