Travel Grant Testimonials
Elizabeth Sullivan - MFA Graduate Student | Theatre For Youth | Arizona State University
Thank you for the funds necessary to travel to the conference which allowed me to advocate for ASU’s Theatre for Youth program, gain skills and network for my future.
View Elizabeth’s experience at the AATE Conference.
Erika HeeKyung Sung - Ph.D. Student | School of Community Resources and Development
Presenting at a conference
Humor and Scholarship
I want to express my utmost gratitude for helping to fund my travel to the International Society for Humor Studies 25th Annual Meeting in Williamsburg, VA that took place from July 2nd-July 6th, 2013. The presentation of my original research paper, “Resentment in Satire” was met with widespread acceptance and praise. Presenting at the conference allowed me to receive critical feedback useful for turning my presentation into a publishable paper, to foster professional relationships with other humor scholars, and to demonstrate the kind of transformative, interdisciplinary research from ASU that the GPSA support.I encourage all graduate students to take advantage of the GPSA’s invaluable travel grant application when applying to speak at conferences in the future.
Now Then: Performance and Temporality at Stanford University
I would like to thank GPSA for awarding me a Travel grant for the month of June. With this support I was able to attend the Performance Studies International conference, Now Then: Performance and Temporality at Stanford University. While there I gave a paper presentation based on my original research, connected with international and US theatre scholars, and learned a great deal about performance’s relationship to temporality, which will be useful as I write my dissertation this summer.
Andrew Larsen – GPSA Travel Funding – July 2013
Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Oligonucleotides…Oh My!
“Work in our lab focuses on identifying functional sequences within the human genome that help to regulate proteins production within our cells. Travel funding provided by the ASU Graduate and Professional Student Association allowed me to share this work at the Gordon Research Conference: Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Oligonucleotides. As a graduate student, this was not only an excellent opportunity to showcase research being conducted at ASU, but also to get feedback from experts in my field. In addition, I had the opportunity to hear about cutting edge research from around the US and the world and bring this knowledge back to my colleagues here at ASU. I would like to thank the GPSA for helping to support this fantastic opportunity.”
-- David E. Haddad, Ph.D. student in Geological Sciences (ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration)
To San Francisco & Back
“I was awarded a generous travel grant by the ASU GPSA to present two posters that described results from my Ph.D. research at an international conference in San Francisco, CA. Through this opportunity, I presented my latest findings to respected colleagues and engaged in discussions that helped refine my professional goals and expand by academic network. Opportunities like this are critical to building the professional repertoire of ASU graduate students, which would not be possible without the paramount support provided by the GPSA.”
Tristyn H Bustamante - MFA Candidate - Ceramics Instructor of Record-3D | Design School of Art | Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Creating and Crafting in Hungary
First off, I would like to say thank you to Graduate Student and Professional Association for their financial support and for providing such funding opportunities to my fellow graduate and PHD peers. Its wonderful, that ASU has such an organization like GPSA.
Andrey Gunawan - PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy (SEMTE)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Summer Heat Transfer Conference
Thank you so much for awarding me the GPSA Travel Grant! I would have not been able to attend the 2013 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Summer Heat Transfer Conference this past week—presenting my work in front of my peers—without it. I presented my research—that is, a part of my thesis, on a new approach to harvest waste heat energy from, for instance, a car exhaust pipe, etc. Waste heat energy recovery has recently become an essential part in U.S. transportation. There is a government initiative program called “Transportation Electrification”. And, I (think I) am (lucky for being able to) serving as the Assistant Managing Editor of the new Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE Transportation Electrification Newsletter. Even though it is not directly related one to another, we will have this gig with the KAET (ASU-based TV station) producing podcasts/webinars—around the Transportation Electrification topic—for ASU & general audience. So, this past week conference has been an excellent site for me to gather as many contacts and info as possible, to push forward this work. I promise I’ll let you know when the stuff is up and running. Again, thanks a bunch for the generous grant, and stay cool!
P.S. I wish I had taken any pictures from the conference to show you. Trust me, it was fun!
Julie Rada - MFA Performance Candidate - School of Theatre and Film | Herberger Institute
MFA in Prague
From May 9th-May 12th, 2013, I had the honor of presenting at an international conference in Prague, Czech Republic with the support of the GPSA Travel Award. This was my first ever conference presentation and I was very nervous. The conference was hosted by “Interdisciplinary.Net,” an academic organization designed to cultivate cross-field discourse from experts in different disciplines. The topic of the conference was about pain and as an MFA candidate and performing artist, I had a unique perspective among the doctors, trauma therapists, quantitative researchers, etc. in the room. I presented on flesh hook suspension and performances of the body in pain. The response I got was overwhelmingly positive and I was swarmed with questions and ideas for future research. I was impressed by how much these non-artists were engaged in my research which boosted my confidence in my work. Now my paper will be published in a e-book, also a first for me! It was inspiring to converse with scholars from Sweden, Israel, Brazil, the UK, Taiwan…well, really, from all over the world! I took a stack of notes and enjoyed exciting ideas, from radically different perspectives than my own, over lunch and coffee with this new network of scholars I otherwise would never have met if this had been a domestic conference or a conference limited to my field. Being in Prague during the conference further increased the novelty and the expansion of my knowledge. It was truly an inspiring experience and I am so grateful for the assistance of the GPSA Travel Award in helping make it possible for me.
Using new genetics for new solutions
In my lab, I use alternate genetic polymers in hopes of evolving a new class of nuclease resistance pharmaceuticals. With GPSA’s support, I was able to present my work and network with others in my field at a prominent conference in Newport, RI. Discussions with colleagues helped overcome some research challenges and refine my overall research goals. The opportunities GPSA helps provide to ASU graduate students are critical to help build their professional repertoire. Additionally, it demonstrates ASU’s strong role in the scientific community.