Cassidy R. Sugimoto is an Assistant Professor at Indiana University Bloomington. She received the ALISE/Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation award for her dissertation on mentoring, collaboration and interdisciplinarity in LIS doctoral studies. Sugimoto’s research focuses on the birth, maturation, and interaction of disciplines, primarily informed by quantitative indicators. She is active in the American Society for Information Science & Technology, serving on the Board of Directors as well as chairing and serving on multiple special interest groups and chapters. Her service was recognized by the James M. Crestos Leadership Award from ASIS&T in 2009. She was also awarded the Thomson Reuters Citation Analysis Research Grant from ASIS&T in 2009 for her work on indicators of interdisciplinarity.
“I am deeply indebted to the incredible professors of SILS who so generously (and seemingly effortlessly) devote countless hours to their students," said Cassidy. "The halls of SILS were filled with open doors and I am grateful to the many faculty members with whom I forged personal and professional relationships, but particularly those members of my doctoral committee (Marchionini, Kelly, Wildemuth and Solomon) whose endless supply of support and guidance were critical in my development and trajectory. The faculty members of SILS created an environment not only concerned with producing and graduating productive scholars, but nurturing and supporting each individual person. From my first day in the master’s program to wheeling around a double stroller at graduation, I always felt personally and professionally supported. I aspire to create the same environment for the students I mentor."