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.   

You may also be eligible for travel funds through the Graduate Student Government Association. To view eligibility requirements and submit a request for funds, visit https://www.augusta.edu/student-life/sga/requestfundinggraduatesga.php

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

Sarah in front of her poster

Sarah Ray
Program:
PhD in 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

Elinor Mannon at conference

Elinor Mannon
Program:
MD/PhD Program
Conference:
International Society of Nephrology Conference
Location: Melbourne, Australia

"I presented a poster titled “Dietary Na+ loading with NaCl or NaHCO3 produces similar changes in circulating Th17 and regulatory T-cells in rats”, which included data that I had generated during my first year in graduate school as part of my thesis research. Myself and other lab members who attended the conference were also given the opportunity to visit several different research institutes and universities surrounding Melbourne to not to  present our work and meet with faculty at these institutions to learn about their research focuses. Our lab was able to give presentations at the Florey Institute, Monash University, La Trobe University, and the Baker Institute. My talks were related to the work I’ve generated thus far for my thesis project, which focuses on understanding the immunologic and metabolic effects of sodium bicarbonate therapy, as well as reconciling the signaling mechanism for the splenic cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway. "Elinor Mannon

students pose with one another at conference

Hina Rehmani
Program:
PhD Biochemistry and Cancer Biology 
Conference:
2019 American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting
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

students pose for travel expereince

Taylor Rodriguez
Program: MS in Psychology 

Conference:
 Southeastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting
LocationCharleston. SC


"My colleagues and I presented a research poster regarding the effect of previous discrimination on blame attribution in hate crime scenarios. This allowed us to discuss our findings and future directions with many distinguished members of the field.  I was also had the opportunity to represent the department of psychological sciences and The Graduate School at an informational table for the master’s program in psychology. This conference experience has provided me with a platform for networking and professional growth.  "  - Taylor Rodriguez

students pose for travel expereince

Cindy Stocum & Tevin Middleton
Program:
M.Ed. in Counselor Education
Conference:
Critical Question in Education 2019
Location: Savannah, GA

"I believe that the entire process of the conference, from writing and submitting the call for proposal to presenting at the conference to hearing the suggestion for publication, was an instrumental supplement to my training and development as a counselor. Not only was this a fantastic experience, but our presentation at the conference and a possible publication in a journal will produce a highly marketable résumé. "  Cindy Stocum 

"As a school counselor-in-training, I believe that this opportunity has allowed me to experience advocating for unique populations (i.e. generational identities).  I am grateful for this experience and my increased sense of confidence initiating this type of dialogue."  - Tevin Middleton

student presenting poster

Dawn Langley - Brady
Program:
PhD In Nursing 
Conference:
National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy's biennial conference – Beyond Aromatics
Location: Salt Lake City, UT

"I was excited to have a podium/workshop selected for presentation at NAHA’s Conference. This was my third time attending a NAHA conference, but my first time as a presenter. I met some amazing people - researchers from Australia and a Kenyan physician who is now a practicing aromatherapist in the United States. Thank you to The Graduate School for funding this trip in part." 
Dawn Langley-Brady

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 togther at conference

Brittany Hatcher
Program: MPA

Conference:
2018 Atlanta Political Science Symposium at Georgia State University
Location: Atlanta, GA

"It was interesting to hear the other panelists share their research. Aside from myself, there were two other doctoral students that participated in the Policy Law discussion. I was able to learn a lot from students’ presentations and the feedback given from the professors in the audience. Overall, my experience was great. Since this was my first time presenting and I learned a lot  for the next opportunity. "  - Brittany Hatcher

 

OTHER RECENT STUDENT TRAVEL EXPERIENCES  

Julian Yoon, M.Ed.  Counselor Education : Clinical Mental Health Counseling student
Conference: The 2019 American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Presentation Type: Poster
Title of Presentation: The Effect of Stereotypes on Asian American male participation in sports

 

Helen Kaiser, PhD in Cellular Biology & Anatomy student  
Conference: 2019 International Conference of Frailty and Sarcopenia
Location: Miami, Fla
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 in Neuroscience student 
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 in Cellular Biology & Anatomy student
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

 

Eric Garrett, MAISS (Masters of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies) student
Conference: 2018 Georgia Political Science Association
Location: Savannah, GA
 
Presentation Type: Oral 
Title of Presentation: Policy Implications and Responses to Islamism Originating in the Ferghana Valley; The Initiation of State-Sponsored Cyberattacks

 

Helen Kaiser, PhD in Cellular Biology & Anatomy student 
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

 

Yujiao Lu, PhD in Neuroscience student
Conference: The Society for Neuroscience – Neuroscience 2018
Location: San Diego, CA
Presentation Type: Poster

 

Ting Lui, PhD in Cellular Biology & Anatomy student
Conference: The American Society of Nephrology – Kidney Week 2018
Location: San Diego, CA
Presentation Type: Poster

 

Zach Hoffman, MS in Psychology student
Conference: Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) 2018 Annual Meeting
Location: New York, NY
Presentation Type: Poster

 

Dawn Langley-Brady, PhD in Nursing student 
Conference: Academy of Integrative Pain Management (AIPM)’s Global Pain Clinician’s Summit
Location: Boston, MA
Presentation Type: Poster

Kelly Daniel, MS in Psychology student
Conference: Southeastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting
Location: Charleston, SC
Presentation Type: Poster