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PhD candidate Megan Threats receives multiple fellowships and awards for research

Multiple national and international organizations recognized SILS doctoral candidate Megan Threats in 2019 for the quality and potential of her research.

Threats’ dissertation uses quantitative and qualitative methods to understand the influence of sociotechnical systems on the information practices and HIV protective and risk reduction behaviors of young, Black men who have sex with men.

Her accolades for 2019 include:

  • Beta Phi Mu Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.
  • International P.E.O. Scholar Award.
  • UNC Dissertation Completion Fellowship.
  • First place in the ALISE Jean Tague-Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Research Poster Competition for her poster, “The Influence of Sociotechnical Environments on the Information Behaviors of Black Gay Men.”
  • First place in ASIS&T SIG HLTH student poster competition for her poster, “The Information Practices of HIV Positive Black Gay Men Post-Diagnosis.”

She was also accepted to the 2018/19 ASIS&T Doctoral Colloquium and 2019 iConference Doctoral Colloquium, and served on a 2019 Medical Library Association panel,  “Microaggressions and More: Continuing the Conversation on Implicit Bias.” In addition, she had papers published in AIDS Care and the Journal of Patient Experience.

Megan Threats

Matthew Johnson (MSLS ’18) wins ASIS&T’s Pratt Severn Award for best research paper

SILS graduate Matthew Weirick Johnson (MSLS ’18) received ASIS&T’s 2019 Pratt Severn Best Student Research Paper Award for his paper, “Dating Apps, Categorical Fields, and Health Information Sharing: Exploring the Utility of Dating Application Features Related to HIV, STIs and PrEP for Promoting Regular Testing and PrEP Usage.”

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PhD candidate Elliott Hauser receives dissertation research, best paper, and travel awards

SILS doctoral candidate Elliott Hauser received the 2019 Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information. In addition, Hauser and Joseph T. Tennis, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at the University of Washington iSchool, won the Best Paper Award at the North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization conference (NASKO 2019) in June. The paper, titled “Episemantics: Aboutness as Aroundness,” will be revised for publication in the journal Knowledge Organization. Hauser also received the SIG HFIS (History & Foundations of Information Science) doctoral travel award to go to Melbourne for ASIS&T 2019.

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More Student Recognition

Megan Threats and Kristen Bowen were two of the four PhD students selected from a nationwide search to be teaching fellows for the 2019 iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3). Read full story here.

MSLS student Jordan Wrigley received a $5,000 scholarship from the Medical Library Association (MLA). Wrigley also won the fall Elfreda Chatman Research Award for her research proposal, titled “A bibliometric analysis and mapping of maternal health publications associated with Millennium Development Goal 5.” Read full story here.

Miana Breed (MSLS ’19) and Betsy Ford (MSIS ’19) received scholarships to attend the 2019 Managing Electronic Records (MER) Conference in May. Read full story here.

MSIS student Paul Khawaja and MSLS student Alexander Chisum received scholarships from Beta Phi Mu Epsilon Chapter for being the top performing students in the first year of their respective programs.

MSIS student Lynnee Argabright was selected as a 2019 Society for Scholarly Publishing Student Fellow. The program offers training, travel support, mentorship, and networking opportunities.

SILS awarded $1,000 scholarships to three information science majors in 2019: Jared Beavers, Shelby Poliachik, and Eshika Talukder. Read full story here.

Information science major Michael Doucette was profiled by Endeavors, Carolina’s research magazine. Read the Q&A here.

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