Award Season: iSchool Students and Faculty Earn Accolades for their Work

Award Season: iSchool Students and Faculty Earn Accolades for their Work

Congratulations to these iSchool students and faculty!

Nilas Elmqvist and Sriram Karthik Badam
Dr. Elmqvist and his student Sriram Karthik Badam will be presenting a paper on the use of smartwatches and large displays at the upcoming ACM CHI 2018 conference (April 21-26). The paper has received an honorable mention, which only 5% of the papers receive, and we will be presenting it as a CHI Demonstration on location in Montreal as well.
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Natasha Hurwitz
Natasha Hurwitz, one of our MIM students won an award for her poster at the UMD Public Health Research Day. There were 120 posters exhibited, so this was a significant achievement. Poster Title: Data Analysis of a Digital Health Disease Management Program. The Name of the Award:  Outstanding Academic Poster Award, First Place, Public Health Research @ Maryland 2018 (Master's Student). Read more:

Myeong Lee and Alina Goldman
PhD candidates Myeong Lee (advised by Brian Butler) and Alina Striner (advised by Jenny Preece)  were awarded the Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship. This is a competitive Fellowship; about 50 are awarded per year by the Graduate School. The award carries a financial stipend and tuition credit to allow recipients to spend a semester focused on their dissertations. The iSchool is allocated two nominees per year, and this year (as well as last year!) both of our nominees received the award.

Mohit Iyyer
Mr. Iyyer (Computer Science PhD, 2017), advised by Jordan Boyd-Graber and Hal Daumé, was awarded an outstanding paper award for his paper, "Deep Contextualized Word Representations" to be presented at NAACL, the leading American computational linguistics conference. Read more:

Solace Arevalo Sabado, Vijit Bhati, Jessica Yuan and Raghav Karkera
Four HCIM students and a MIM student were very busy at last week's Bitcamp and were awarded 3 major prizes for designing financial apps for FINRA  ( This was a very large event, with around 1,000 students from all over the country, with sponsors such as Facebook, Microsoft, GitHub, Oculus (UMD's very own Brendan Iribe attended), and many different prizes and awards.  Read more: