BSIS students Ashlee Edwards and Elizabeth Sams receive research grants

November 1, 2010

Ashlee EdwardsAshlee Edwards and Elizabeth Sams, students in the bachelor of science in information science program at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS), have each been awarded a "Dunlevie Honors Undergraduate Research Award."

Beth SamsThe Dunlevie Honors Awards are administered by the Honors Office of the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence. The competitive award recognizes outstanding research proposals by undergraduates. According to the Web site, "each semester, students undertaking senior honors projects are invited to apply for funding to help offset expenses incurred as part of their research. Honors thesis research grants can cover the cost of equipment, supplies, software, publications, transportation and more." 

"Each of these students is conducting research in a critical area: Ashlee in the area of mobile search and Beth in the area of collaborative search," said Dr. Barbara Wildemuth, professor and associate dean for academic affairs. "They've brought their significant creativity and research skills to the development of these two successful proposals."

Formal titles of the research the students will be conducting are, "Searching Using Mobile Devices" by Edwards, and "Self-Initiated Versus Imposed Collaboration in Information Retrieval" by Sams.

The $300 award will be available to each of the students beginning on November 15, 2010.