Dr. Cassidy Sugimoto has been awarded the 2011 Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for her dissertation, titled “Mentoring, Collaboration, and Interdisciplinarity: An Evaluation of the Scholarly Development of Information and Library Science Doctoral Students.”
The fellowship, which is awarded by the Association for Library and Information Science (ALISE), is reviewed by a selection committee that evaluates the dissertations based on their significance of the research problem to the overall LIS field, presentation of relevant literature, design and conduct of the study, as well as analysis of data, clarity and organization. Winners of the award receive $500, as well as conference registration to the 2011 ALISE Annual onference held January 4 - 7, 2011 in San Diego, CA and personal membership to the organization.
The committee selects one dissertation each year; however, this year there was a tie. Sugimoto and the other winner will present a summary of their work at the 2011 ALISE Annual Conference.
"I was delighted and honored to receive this award," said Sugimoto. "I believe that doctoral education plays a critical role in the development of the discipline and look forward to discussing issues surrounding doctoral education at the ALISE annual meeting."
Sugimoto’s paper evaluated the development of scholars within the field of information and library science (ILS) with an emphasis on mentoring, collaboration, and interdisciplinarity in the process of doctoral education. Dr. Sugimoto graduated from SILS with her Ph.D. in spring 2010. She is an assistant professor at the University of Indiana, Bloomington.