Announcing the UMD iSchool 2017-18 Scholarship Recipients

Announcing the UMD iSchool 2017-18 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to all of our iSchool scholars who have demonstrated excellence in their work and studies!

Fall 2017 iSchool Scholarship Recipients:

Andrea Castillo
Helen A. Tegnell Memorial Scholarship
Established in December 1982 by a donation from Col. and Mrs. Russell M. Tegnell in memory of their daughter, Helen A. Tegnell, to provide financial assistance to worthy students enrolled in the MLIS or PhD programs in the College of Information Studies.

Carmen A. Collins
iSchool Alumni Chapter Scholarship
Established in 2014 by the iSchool Alumni Chapter, this award provides support to a student committed to excellence and pursuing any degree program at the College.

Shriya Gupta
MIM Alumni Scholarship
Established in 2012 by the alumni and friends of the Master of Information Management (MIM) program, this fund provides academic support to students enrolled in the MIM program.

Tracee Haupt
Frank G. Burke Fellowship
Designated for a student who has completed his/her first year in the History and Library Science (HiLS) specialization in the MLS program and who has a demonstrated interest in archives and record management.

Kelsey Hughes
Noyes Library Association Scholarship
Established in April 1988 by the Noyes Library Association of Kensington, Maryland, this scholarship is presented to a Master of Library and Information Science student with an interest in children’s librarianship.

Maya Reid
Bruce Ambacher Fellowship in Archives & Digital Curation
Established in 2016, this award honors the legacy of Dr. Ambacher at the iSchool for initiating the Archives and Digital Curation specialization and for his extraordinary work in the archives profession. As a leader on the forefront of digital curation and electronic records management, Dr. Ambacher played a vital role in developing national and international standards and practices for digital curation and preservation.

Sohan Shah
MIM Alumni Scholarship
Established in 2012 by the alumni and friends of the Master of Information Management (MIM) program, this fund provides academic support to students enrolled in the MIM program.

Myiesha Speight
Mary Lee Bundy Scholarship
Designated for a Master of Library and Information Science student planning on a career in public libraries, this scholarship was established in March 2007 by William G. Wilson to honor the memory of former faculty member Dr. Mary Lee Bundy and her outstanding participation and influence in the Library and Information Services profession.

Jean-Paul Togbe
Library Systems & Services, LLC Scholarship
Established by Library Systems & Services, LLC, in June 2000, this award is presented to a part-time student in the College of Information Studies.

Spring 2018 iSchool Scholarship Recipients:

Individual Awards

Catherine Fravel
Gloria Davidson Excellence in School Librarianship Award
The Gloria Davidson Excellence in School Librarianship Award is presented to an outstanding student in our School Library specialization. School library students can be nominated by any faculty member for this award. The purpose of this award is to recognize one student who has made particularly innovative and/or impactful contributions within a school library environment.

Jacob Keener
Simmona Simmons Best Student Paper on Diversity Award
For the paper, "Information Behavior of Teenagers and College Students Who Self-Injure." The Simmona Simmons Best Student Paper on Diversity Award is presented to a graduate student or a group of graduate students for an outstanding paper which has been written for an iSchool course and which focuses on any aspect(s) of diversity. The iSchool embraces a broad definition of diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, disability, age, socioeconomic status, education, geography, language, literacy, sexual orientation, and national origin, among other factors. Papers must be nominated by faculty and must represent outstanding work that furthers understanding by offering new insights on diversity issues, incorporating original research, and/or analyzing existing information in new ways.

Yuting Liao
Dean’s Award for an Outstanding iSchool Doctoral Student Paper
For the paper, “The Role of Self-Efficacy in Cancer Information Avoidance.” The Dean’s Award for an Outstanding iSchool Doctoral Student Paper is presented to a doctoral student who has had an outstanding full-length paper accepted and/or published in a peer-reviewed journal or conference between January 2017 and December 2017.

Christopher Robeck
HCIM Program Service Award
The Master of Human-Computer Interaction (HCIM) program recognizes the exemplary contributions of the student representative to the HCIM Program Committee. Christopher was instrumental in conducting research, analyzing data, and synthesizing the results. In addition, he actively engaged with other committee work and served with distinction as a general ambassador for the program.

Group Awards

Jeffrey Chen, Lauren Decastro, Ibrahim Hashme, Kaushal Khanal, Justin Kim, Rakeen Mahmud, Thomas Park, Lisa Phung
Dean’s Award for an Outstanding iSchool Project
For their groundbreaking project, “Solving Homelessness in America Through Accessible Information Technology.” The Dean’s Award for an Outstanding iSchool Project is presented to an iSchool student or a group of students for an outstanding design or development project completed for an iSchool course. Projects are nominated by a faculty member(s) and must represent outstanding work that furthers understanding by offering new insights into development or design, or displays excellence in applying existing state-of-the-art methods and knowledge.

Alisha Pradhan & Kanika Mehta
Laurence B. Heilprin Award
For the paper, “Accessibility Came by Accident: Use of Voice-Controlled Intelligent Personal Assistants by People with Disabilities.” The Laurence B. Heilprin Award is presented to an iSchool student or a group of students for an outstanding paper on a topic in information science which has been written for an iSchool course. Papers must be nominated by faculty and must represent outstanding work that furthers understanding by offering new insights, incorporating original research, and/or analyzing existing information in new ways.